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Summary

Dear Listener,

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.

I can think of no reason why anyone would want to listen to a book containing such unpleasant matter as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the Duluxe Cell, and some very strange hats.

It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children's lives and write them all down, but you may decide to do some other sacred and solemn thing, such as listening to another book instead.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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©2001 Lemony Snicket (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Tim Curry gives distinct character vocalizations without compromising the rich undertones of his voice. He keeps the tongue-in-cheek humor and mockery of this children's series refreshing rather than redundant. Curry reads the backstory from previous books clearly, so a listener unfamiliar with the earlier novels may understand this one....A wholly enjoyable listening experience." ( AudioFile)

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where are the other books?

amazing where are the rest if the books though? would love to hear them to

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  • BR mom
  • 07-05-05

The best in the series so far

I had toyed with the idea of picking up these books on occasion at various places. After I heard the interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (on my 40th birthday no less), I had to give these a try. This not just kidstuff (although they are completely kid appropriate). These are so much FUN!!! My husband and I listen to them over and over and laugh our heads off. Misery loves company -- and I am hooked. You'll never look at crows -- or handymen -- the same way again.

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  • A.J.
  • 27-11-05

V(illage)(of)F(oul)D(evotees)

if you have read the ongoing meisery so far you will not find this book helpful in ther answer to the question what is VFD that will be answered in good deitial in the 10th and 11th books but this in no reason not to read it for you will find out that once agin the evil count "omar" was plotting and has gone to VFD too look for the children.

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  • bigdjunta
  • 30-07-18

Tim and Lemony strike again.

I truly just enjoy this series. Tim's performance is perfection. I can't wait to start the next book
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  • Ezekiel
  • 27-07-18

Solid

This marks a solid turning point in the series. It is a very enjoyable read

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  • Michael Mauney
  • 28-03-18

A Black Horizon.

A black horizon is a phrase that is often used by writers of more melancholy tales that here means "a bleak looking future." It is a phrase that has never fit the lives of our three Baudelaire orphans better than it does now. Even darker now seems the horizon of the Baudelaire lives, black as crow feathers. Of course, you don't have to listen to this audio book. you could stop now, and pretend everything goes well.
You could pretend that, through a heroic adventure, the Baudelaires and the Quagmire triplets were saved. You could pretend that the dastardly Count Olaf is caught and brought to justice.
Unfortunately, that is not how the story goes.
Once again, Tim Curry lends his voice to give Mr. Lemony Snicket assistance in making the story of the Baudelaire Orphans is told, and does so well that I weep to remember this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-18

Very sad

This book makes me very sad and frustrated.
I love Tim Curry’s voice it brightens up the book a teeny bit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-18

a pretty good entry in a great series

loved it
not the best in the series but definitely worth it though in my opinion

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  • Olga
  • 12-10-17

loved it!! please read!!

loved it because it got my adrenaline going, and even though there were sad parts it was still great!!

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  • Daniel Failner
  • 23-05-17

Tim curry

So happy Tim is reading these again I love the way he does it. Lemony Snicker writes amazing story's

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  • Long
  • 10-04-17

April 10 2017

I have read all of the books and I found this one very help full in explaining the reset of the story