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WARNING: Listening to this will only make you weep.

Dear Listener,

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. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives. Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system. It is my solemn duty to stay up all night reading my history of these three hapless youngsters into a microphone, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably listen to something else.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We can’t get enough of this splendid series of misadventures, and can only wager that swarms of young readers will be right next to us in line for the next installment.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Author Lemony Snicket takes great delight in the audio production of his work…It’s a pleasure to hear an author read his own creation. One gets to hear the story just as the creator would like it heard. Each inflection, babble of baby Sunny, elongated word, or character introduction is Snicket’s own, with all the import he would like it to have. This is a listening delight.” 


  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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