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Publisher's Summary

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odor.

In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

©1999 Lemony Snicket (P)2001 Random House, Inc.

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Woah

So these are great books and I love them dearly, but I have never appreciated them half so much as I do when hearing them read by Tim Curry. Curry's Olaf (or, if you like, Stephano) may well give me nightmares into my 80s. His reading of Snicket brought me to laughter and his Beaudelaire orphans very nearly brought me to tears. This, as I said, a wonderful book, but Tim Curry's reading of it makes it at least twice as good.

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  • Brianne
  • Reeds Spring, MO, United States
  • 06-15-17

My kids love it!

13 year old, 10 year old and 7 year old really loved listening to this series on a long road trip. This saved our sanity!!!

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My favorite in the series (so far)

So far I've read through book 9 and this has been my favorite. This part of the story really engages the reader and leaves you excited to see what happens next.

Tim Currys reading is icing on the cake.

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  • K8e
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 04-06-17

Tim Curry and Lemony Snicket = brilliant

such a great story to listen to! Tim Curry does a brilliant job narrating. the story is dark and humorous, and curry captures it perfectly.

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Great story made better by Tim Curry's narration!

I've always loved Tim Curry as a performer. This was a real treat to get to have him read to me! He really brought everyone to life....very glad I got these books!

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Another masterpiece by lemony Snicket!

I would recommend this book to any child who loves lemony Snicket other work, or of course, to any grown up Who loves reading really good riding intended for children. It’s also a great book for opening up a dialogue between grownups in children about some of the satyr things that kids have to experience, such as the death of A beloved relative. On one hand, some of the things that happened in this book are very sad. But on the other, there was enough comedy and action and creativeness, and the sense that good people can out wit villains, that the book itself isn’t said overall. One very small point Dash – a lot of the audio recording us here on Audible have some of the music, created by lemony Snicket himself, cut out, but this one how’s his songs at beginning and end in tact. Enjoy!

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Tim Curry is a fabulous narrator.

Tim Curry is a perfect fit for this story. I love the dramatic voice changes for the characters

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Love the creativity of the book

The first thing u need to do before listening to this book is listen to the first book or nothing would make sense at all

Creativity was amazing!!!!!!

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What a series!

Tim Curry is brilliant as the narrator. His phrasing and interpretation are spot on and absolutely hilarious. Mr. Curry doesn't get in the way of the material, he brings the written word to a new level, the personification of the characters themselves.
I'm so glad I found this series. I suffer from a very rare and deadly autoimmune disease and some days I'm too sick to get out of bed much. These stories are so enriching, hysterical, and thought provoking that I feel my quality of life has improved.
Thank you to the author, Tim, and Audible for making rough, bad days into good ones.
Thank you.

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Outstanding

Ever since I was a little girl I love these books, listening to the audio book with Tim Curry makes it even better.

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  • René Signoret
  • 07-28-15

loved Tim Curry

this was my first audio book. I really loved Tim Curry. also I like the way Lemony Snicket wrote this book.

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  • Mrs. Dawn Stroud
  • 03-30-15

Amazing narration ..

Tim curry really brought this story to life with his fabulous array of voices !
Loved it ! Fantastic !
Dawn Stroud adult