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Publisher's Summary

Lemony Snicket returns with the last book before the last book of his New York Times best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events.

After any harrowing struggle, it is nice to consider checking into a hotel for a rest. In fact, this might be just the break Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire could use after their wearying deep-sea adventure.

A hotel can be a good choice for any family vacation. With so many floors, such a variety of rooms, and a curious array of guests, spending time in the safety of the right hotel can be the perfect learning environment for children of any age. A keen researcher like Klaus, an adept inventor like Violet, and a sharp-toothed culinary master like Sunny are all sure to find engaging diversions during their stay.

Regardless of how they pass their time while at a hotel, the three siblings will be sure to take in all the interesting sights and sounds, and write them down, just in case this episode turns out to be the darkest yet in a series of unfortunate events.

Don't miss the rest of A Series of Unfortunate Events or Audible's exclusive interview with Lemony Snicket!
©2005 Lemony Snicket (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles, Ages 8+

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Great narration, amazing dramatization

The narrator is great! the ambience is palpable, there is even a little creative touch which I will not spoil for you! If you licked all the other storie conserning the Baudelaires this one is just as great as all its precesesors

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A Series of Unfortunate Events:Book 12:The Penultimate Peril

The series and book is SOOOOOOO good! It’s SO sad that this series ends in one book!

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penultimate peril is a pleasure

Tim Curry is BEST narrator know to man. I never get tired of hearing him speak. Tim Curry + Lemony Snicket = a match made in heaven.

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narrator stinks

the narrators voice sucks as do all his impressions. every voice blends into one and when the impression starts it's high pitch and will hurt ur ears if u have headphones in. the narrators absolutely ruined an amazing book. best to read or watch on Netflix. wish Patrick Warburton would narrate this.

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I love this series

I read these as a preteen and now my son is reading them. He loves the storyline and has added quite a bit to his vocabulary since reading them.

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Tim rocks

Amazing book in an amazing series. An adventure for all ages. Simply love they used the original authors music too.

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love Tim Curry

Tim Curry narrating these stories is something I never knew I needed. I would have listened to the story regardless, have been reading these since middle school, was never able to finish until now. I think he does a wonderful job narrating it, it really goes with the feel of the story.

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superb

This is probably the best installment in the series as a whole. A culmination of things, this book ties together a lot of plot lines but still leaves the reader with a familiar sense of questioning

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A command performance.

Still thinking this is a children's book? Not so much.This book is a dark horse, a bitter pill reflecting our times back at us like some dreaded mirror, some horrid spectacle we can't help but look at for the command performance...is us. We are flawed actors, judges, gods flailing around life with some mishmash of morality, dogma, convoluted thought, all of us documenting, pulling out our common books and getting each point down to what purpose? It's not like we're going to do anything about it.....right?

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Amazing.

As a person who loves the book's i find this rendition of my favorite book form the series amazing,clear and we'll read.

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