A Series of Unfortunate Events

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 10,792 ratings

The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording Publisher's Summary

Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it. Unless you have an ear for such ghastly details as a tragic fire, a nefarious villain, itchy clothing, and cold porridge for breakfast, all narrated in chilly detail by the distinguished, and disturbed, Tim Curry with a team of talented readers, you would be better off listening to something else.
©1999 Lemony Snicket (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #1
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry, Full Cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659

    Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantly miserable

    • By Lindsey on 06-05-05

    Regular price: $14.82

  • Book 2

    • The Reptile Room

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 2
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 974
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 876
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 873

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Woah

    • By Alex on 04-28-16

    Regular price: $17.10

  • Book 3

    • The Wide Window

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #3
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Lemony Snicket
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 789
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 583
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 578

    I am sorry to say that the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Better with Tim Curry

    • By Lux on 01-08-16

    Regular price: $19.38

  • Book 4

    • The Miserable Mill

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #4
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Lemony Snicket
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 675
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 497
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 500

    I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to listen to this recording because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put down this audio instantaneously, because of all the audios describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Adult voices too loud, narrative too soft

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-20-16

    Regular price: $19.38

  • Book 5

    • The Austere Academy

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #5
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Lemony Snicket
    • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 724
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 552
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 551

    If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Tim Curry did a much much better job

    • By Leon on 03-07-05

    Regular price: $19.38

  • Book 6

    • The Ersatz Elevator

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #6
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 676
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487

    Like the previous books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, there is nothing to be heard here but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to listen to.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Provide some sanity while driving kids around

    • By John S on 01-17-14

    Regular price: $19.38

  • Book 7

    • The Vile Village

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #7
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 566
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410

    Nobody in their right minds would listen to this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay at the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded on this program.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best in the series so far

    • By BR mom on 05-07-05

    Regular price: $19.38

  • Book 8

    • The Hostile Hospital

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #8
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362

    This audio is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful audios in the world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ugh, a cliffhanger!

    • By bigdjunta on 08-01-18

    Regular price: $19.38

  • Book 9

    • The Carnivorous Carnival

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #9
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331

    The word "carnivorous", which appears in the title of this book, means "meat-eating", and once you have read such a bloodthirsty word, there is no reason to read any further. This carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-turning than even the most imbalanced meal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tim curry makes it spectacular!!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-15-15

    Regular price: $19.38

  • Book 10

    • The Slippery Slope

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #10
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 363

    Like handshakes or housepets, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up, and down, a range of strange and distressing mountains.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Payton on 05-03-15

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 11

    • The Grim Grotto

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #11
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 512
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 348
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347

    Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone, or mildew, you probably prefer not to be damp. You might also prefer not to listen to this audiobook, in which the Baudelaire siblings descend into the depths of despair, underwater. The horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and include mushrooms, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-10-17

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 12

    • The Penultimate Peril

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #12
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 508
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 316
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great narration, amazing dramatization

    • By DE on 01-05-18

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 13

    • The End

    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #13
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 333
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331

    You are presumably looking here for clues to the shocking conclusion of this terminal audiobook, or the ending of the end. The end of the end is the best place to begin the end, because if you listen to the end from the beginning of the beginning of the end to the end of the end of the end, you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-22-07
    • A Series of Unfortunate Events #13
    • By: Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Release date: 09-27-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 503 ratings

    Regular price: $22.81