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Publisher's Summary

Dear Listener,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.If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signaling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this audiobook will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket
©2000 Lemony Snicket; (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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"Snicket's narration is surprisingly good; his narrator voice has just the right neutral tone, rising and falling in pitch with each plot twist." (AudioFile)
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By Morro on 11-22-04

Snickett Should Stick to Writing

For those of you who loved the first two audiobooks in this series as I did, you may find yourselves disappointed with this one, as Lemony Snickett has decided to read the book himself. Unfortunately, Tim Curry does a MUCH better job of it all the way around. It appears that Listening Library figured that out along the way, because although books three, four and five are read (very poorly) by Snickett, he appears to have been sacked and Curry brought back on.

Tim Curry really brings these books to life. In fact, I love his style so much that I have listened to almost every book he's narrated that Audible offers, and have never been disappointed.

That being said, the Series of Unfortunate Events books are truly fun, and very funny. Snickett does have a delightful way with words, a dry wit, and an uncanny knack for telling the same story over and over and over again (albeit with different characters and settings) and making it fresh and funny each time. I am 32, my significant other is 46, we have no children, and we get a kick out of listening to the Snickett books in the car or at bedtime. A rolicking good time for both children and adults! (In fact, most of the Lemony Snickett fans I know are over the age of 30, so that tells you something right there!)

This book CAN be enjoyed in spite of Lemony Snickett's stilted reading, but I'm looking forward to the later books in the series more. I rate the book 2 stars because of the narration; if Tim Curry had read it, it probably would have been three. It's not great literature, but it's fun nonetheless.

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By Lux on 01-08-16

Better with Tim Curry

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The story is quirky and fun. The author does an ok job narrating, but the ones narrated by Tim Curry are so much better it just makes no sense to have left any out.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Mrs. Dawn Stroud on 03-31-15

Narration not nearly as good as previous book

Although narrated by the author I just felt Tim curry the previous narrater did a far better job
The story was great as usual just not brought to life the same way

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By Megan on 07-23-15

Where's Tim curry?

Love the story but the recording is nothing without curry who reads the other books in the series

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By Donna on 02-29-16

where's Tim Curry

was very disappointed that tim curry wasn't narrating this would have really enjoyed it otherwise

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