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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Alex on 04-28-16


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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5 out of 5 stars
By Brianne on 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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4 out of 5 stars
By René Signoret on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Dawn Stroud on 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

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