I am sorry to tell you that this audiobook is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. One might say that they are magnets for misfortune. On this recording alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to record these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from ignoring this audio completely and choosing something happy instead, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
©1999 Lemony Snicket; (P)2002 HarperCollins US
Our 7 year old boy has read and listened to all the How to train your dragon series (narrated by the brilliant David Tennant) and we've been looking for something equally engaging. These books are great fun and we've been listening to the audiobook in the car. Our son thinks the stories are really lively and exciting plus the way new words are explained is really effective and never patronising. We'd recommend these to anyone that wants something that stimulates the imagination without being too scary - and long journeys whizz by. Our 5 year enjoys them but needs a little explanation to understand what's going on.
I really enjoyed listening to this wonderfully dark little story. I would recommend it to any adult who grew up with the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy books as the authour employs similair tricks to play with your expectations of the story and get unexpected laughs.
But I hereby deduct one star for Tim Curry's coughing which really grated on me by the end!
Parents: if your child doesn't enjoy this book it may be a warning sigh that they need to spend less time running around outside and more time sat indoors reading. Please take immediate action!
While I enjoyed the audio book the story did not captivate me: I put it down to being 'too old'. I'm sure that it will appeal to younger readers as Steve Curry has read it very well and brings the characters to life, in particular the evil Count Olaf. As another reviewer stated he overdid the coughing which becomes very annoying towards the end.
It rates pretty high, compared to the other child/teen books I've downloaded.
I don't think I can compare it, it's too different.
I liked the parts where the children got to spend time with Justice Strauss in her library.
Be wary, although the film was a bit dark for a childrens film, it left a lot more out than I expected. The books are a lot darker, and inn this one there is some....implied danger to Violet on account of her being 'pretty', from some of the male characters.
Bought for my 9-yr old but I listened to it too! Obviously written for children, but tolerable for adults. My daughter rated it 5/5.
My kids absolutely loved this audiobook, it did a great job on a long car journey and they instantly wanted the second book in the series.
Excellent narration from Tim Curry, pitch perfect for the text.
From the dire warnings at the start of this story to the twisted and unhappily-ever-after promise at the end, Lemony Snicket enchanted me. His Roald Dahlesque revolting baddies were delicious, his grown up goodies artfully naive or inept, whilst the 'poor orphans' deal with each successive blow with a matter of fact bite, invention or book.
The humour is wry and the way he plays with words and their meanings remind me of those treasured books from my childhood. From the biting baby with an aptitude for an artfully placed 'goo'or 'gah' to the well-meaning but useless Mr Poe with his ever present cough, this masterfully read book is likely to hook you in and leave you wanting more.
Here I am another adult listening to the children's audiobook and enjoying every moment. The plot is brilliant and the sense of humour very dry and witty that you can't help but smile, laugh and chuckle all at the same time. I have now queued all 12 or so books for 'my next listen' and looking forward to the next one with eager anticipation.
Signed over forties trendy mother!!
"A great beginning"
I think this was a great introduction to this book series. I love Tim Curry's voice - who wouldn't want to listen to it? The story was a little dark for my daughters liking ( but I liked that aspect of it).
"Not for younger children"
I bought this to use with 7-8 year olds but they didnt buy into it somehow. Probaly over their heads so be advised probly suits an older age group
"Not a huge fan of the performance"
I've read these books before, adore the story but I wasn't fond of the voice actor's rendition of Count Olaf. Short but great story.
"Shame about the production clarity"
I couldn't. Its a great book and I love an author that doesn't dumb things down for the kids who will be reading (or listening to) it.
He didn't really do voices as such - tones and inflections changed for each character but you can't change Tim Curry's voice.
The productions values let this down. There is a fuzziness to it that does a great injustice to both the book (which is a favourite) and to Tim Curry's narration. There is a is hissing in the background which gets on your nerves after a while - thus explaining my odd ratings. The kids loved it though they too complained about the background noise.
I love this series and Tim Curry does an excellent job of narrating!! Well done!
"narrater's voice is good"
this book is my first audio book. firstly, i worried about buying the book, but the narrater's voice helped me to easliy listen to the story,
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