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Dear Listener,

I’m sorry to say that the audio you are about to listen to is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune. In this short book 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 write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from not listening to this audio and listening to something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Bad Beginning is actually a great beginning…If only misery was always this much fun.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Tim Curry, whose reputation for playing dastardly villain types precedes him, is terrific in this adaptation of the intentionally over-the-top, slightly scary tale of the Baudelaire orphans. As narrator/author Snicket, Curry relates the sad saga with pity and enlightenment sparked by dashes of humor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The narrator of the book is so good that he qualifies as a character; he is chummy at times, entertaining at others, and periodically, amicably intrusive as he defines words and terms. These qualities translate fabulously in tapes. Tim Curry…gives the villain a sinister, sibilant voice and the children’s clueless protector, a phlegmy lawyer, is almost disgusting.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “While the misfortunes hover on the edge of being ridiculous, Snicket’s energetic blend of humor, dramatic irony, and literary flair makes it all perfectly believable. The writing, peppered with fairly sophisticated vocabulary and phrases, may seem daunting, but the inclusion of Snicket’s perceptive definitions of difficult words makes these books challenging to older readers and excellent for reading aloud.”

    Library Journal

  • “Written with old-fashioned flair, this fast-paced book is not for the squeamish: the Baudelaire children are truly sympathetic characters who encounter a multitude of distressing situations. Those who enjoy a little poison in their porridge will find it wicked good fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2005 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Children's Spoken Word Album
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