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Download The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Lemony Snicket
4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lemony Snicket Narrator: Tim Curry and Full Cast Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it. Unless you have an ear for such ghastly details as a tragic fire, a nefarious villain, itchy clothing, and cold porridge for breakfast, all narrated in chilly detail by the distinguished, and disturbed, Tim Curry with a team of talented readers, you would be better off listening to something else. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie Ho | 2/18/2014

    " One of my childhood favourites - Lemony Snicket is a genius and this classic never fails to make me chuckle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie García | 2/10/2014

    " Really quick read, kept me engaged the whole time. Had a hard time putting it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlee Naylor | 2/5/2014

    " As I didn't at first realize this was meant to be a joke, it took me a while to get into it. Once we understood, this book was very funny. I loved this whole series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola | 1/30/2014

    " A good children book, and a nice beginning, I must admit that the character the author has invented for himself, Lemony Snicket, a gatherer of evidences about the Orphan's story, is something that interested me more than the actual story at first but the story kept me entertained and put a smile on my face at times and made me want to read the sequel. The writing style is endearing, fast paced, I did learn a new word thanks to this book... what was it ? Ah, yes. Incentive ! Also, I must point out, I'm french, and english is not my native language, so the author way of explaining some words could be a tad bothersome to a some adults, but I think it's a good way for kids to learned new words, that they don't particulary have a change to hear from adults, and more importantly, they get to learn them used in a simple sentence, something that you might not find by looking a word up in the dictionnary. The plot is introduced at the very beginning, so no time for me (or kids) to get bored, which is good, the character are simple, there's not too many of them. It's a good children book, and Snicket world is interesting, and I can't wait to plunge in it more deeply ! P.S.: I teach english to french children, and that definitely a book I'd recommend for an easy first read. Oh, and I almost forgot, the illustrations were enjoyable, I especialy liked the one on the cover of the book, good use of colour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/24/2014

    " The kind of book that's really hard not to keep reading once the kid goes to bed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Satyabrat Mishra | 1/23/2014

    " Digging my shelves for the next volume; My soul shall not rest till I finish the entire series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 1/18/2014

    " This an EXCELLENT beggining to an EXCELLENT series. It has a great cliff hanger and made me not able to wait to read the next one and the next and the next. if you're a preteen or a young teen, and you're looking for something to read, you should try to read this series. very exciting although you would need a lot of ptience to start the book and get into the exciting parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas kolz | 1/18/2014

    " it was a great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Drew | 1/6/2014

    " A quirky and quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karley Shay | 11/23/2013

    " Everytime i read this book it reminds me of being in elementary school again. I've read the series probably about ten times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 11/21/2013

    " Never finished the series, but I loved this book when I read it when I was 11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 10/12/2013

    " It was a wondful book, I just love this series!, there really easy to read and Lemonly snicket can write really well, I just loved her story telling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haidene Go | 10/11/2013

    " I've read this when I was younger and I reread it now that I'm 22. I'm happy I did. Some things don't change. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 10/1/2013

    " I read this in hopes of starting a new bookclub series with John. He likes the series but I really didn't like this book and have managed to wiggle out of continuing to read all 13. We're going to read Roald Dahl books instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Mifflin | 4/19/2013

    " A dark children's series. I love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 12/11/2011

    " Great book. It makes the WHOLE series understandable. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Juliana | 11/19/2011

    " To be honest, I don't know what to think or make of this story. I guess you need to read the whole series to have an appreciation for it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 8/1/2011

    " Definitely for kids, very limited appeal for adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thezza | 6/22/2009

    " It's a nice read but I absurdist fiction is not my type. There's just too much bad luck that happens in the book that it ticks me off. And that said, it's amazing the Baudelaires got through all those. I recommend people to watch the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowena | 1/30/2009

    " Quick, entertaining book with smart kids and clueless adults. I wish I'd read this when I was a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 3/13/2008

    " Very VEry good maybe a little slow but otherwise very good!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 12/25/2007

    " The book was very descriptive. It immediately caught my attention, and I couldn't stop reading until the end. After finishing the first book I went on to search the rest of the book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mehsi | 9/22/2007

    " This was a re-read, but it was a nice re-read. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna Annaed | 1/24/2007

    " I wonder how I would rate this if I was 20 years younger... I think I would have really liked this, however as an adult and parent now, I found it disturbing and am unsure what age this is actually appropriate for... I plan to read book 2. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danynn | 3/16/2006

    " I absolutly love his books! "

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About the Author
Author Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler has written numerous books for grown-ups under his own name and a series of books for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket. He was dumped at least three times in high school.