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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lemony Snicket Narrator: Tim Curry Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: A Series of Unfortunate Events Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9780060793425
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Dear Listener,

If you have just picked up this audio, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A Series of Unfortunate Events, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read. Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda. I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heap full of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Despite Snicket’s perpetual caveats to ‘put this book down and pick up another one,’ the Baudelaires are dynamic characters who inspire loyalty to the inevitable end of the series.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Tim Curry knows just how to deliver Snicket’s brand of alternately dry and over-the-top humor. The voices Curry creates are perfect.”

    AudioFile

  • “Series fans will enjoy the quick pace, entertaining authorial asides, and over-the-top characterizations.”

    Booklist

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Tran | 2/1/2014

    " The best book in the whole series! Count Olaf is too funny not to like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/23/2014

    " Though the book's end hints at some very interesting mysteries for the Baudelaire children, this book was the least interesting of all of them. It is still a very good read and I look forward to continuing the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 1/15/2014

    " Very good and touching. One of the best books along with the wide window, the vile village and the end. Definaltey going to be read again by myself and my friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynnse | 1/13/2014

    " Way better than the last book!! There was actually a lot of action in this one, rather than some of the other ones...... But there was also a lot of detail that Lemony Snicket put into this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/2/2014

    " i liked this book a lot because there are so many secerts in this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alejandro Islas | 11/28/2013

    " This book is about the kids thrying to find out one of there parents best kept secrets that is why I like this book and the secrets this is really exicting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/12/2013

    " Like happy books and nothing else? This series is not going to be your cup of tea. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS is just as the title proclaimed, a string of catastrophic events centered around three orphaned siblings. Personally, I thought that Snicket did a fantastic job of the series (the fact that the 13th book was going to be released on Friday the 13th made me smile). Snicket's clever useage of dialect and plot, made the series enjoyable and hardly unfortunate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayla | 10/20/2013

    " it wasn't as good as the last ones so i don't know maybe the author 's lossing steam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Logan | 7/3/2013

    " This is my favorite one so far. It had so many twists and turns in it. So many "ersatz" things and people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 6/4/2013

    " This is probably by far my favorite of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/28/2013

    " This book is 1 of my favorite books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolee | 1/6/2013

    " This is my favorite book of the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raphael Paulian | 11/19/2012

    " If anything, we do learn interesting words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani Zinser-Arnone | 10/16/2012

    " this one was really really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Lum | 11/21/2010

    " Molly has made a deal with me: if I read all 12 (13?) Lemony Snickets, she will try The Hobbit. I read books one through five already so now I'm going on with six. My favorite sentence in this one: "If you've ever been forced to take a chemistry class then you know..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 1/21/2010

    " very good and emse is very mean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenley | 12/17/2009

    " this one was good too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaqui | 9/28/2009

    " This was another creepy one- i guess the series just wasn't that great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aja | 5/18/2009

    " Okay, but I really want to hear more about the underlaying story. I feel like we have gotten the same clues in the last few books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nupur Deshpande | 11/11/2008

    " Violet, Klaus and Sunny...man...these children have got to be the most persistent and clever ones I have read about!This book is so bizarre it is perfect! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suci | 8/15/2007

    " Kisah petualangan 2 orang yang anak yang selalu dikejar-kejar oleh seseorang yang ingin memanfaatkan mereka sebagai budak. Akhir cerita yang menggantung dan penderitaan mereka yang belum berakhir. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 7/22/2007

    " I still love Snicket's style, but I'm getting tired of the same basic plot over and over. This is starting to feel unnecessarily drawn out. Hopefully, the next one will have something a bit less predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 7/5/2006

    " Like how she was all into fashion and what isin style.Not as good as rest of the bunch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devine | 7/2/2006

    " I thought this woman was insane. And very stupid. Still he fails to disappoint! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philadelphia1on1 | 8/29/2005

    " It's a VERY good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/3/2005

    " The Beaudelaire children seemed to finally be under the guardianship of at least one sensible person. Unfortunately, it's someone with no backbone. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Tim Curry has created a rich array of memorable characters for both the screen and stage, most notably the role of the scientist in the Broadway and film versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He’s been nominated for Tony Awards for his roles in My Favorite Year and The Pirates of Penzance. His film credits include Muppet Treasure Island, The Shadow, Clue, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Three Musketeers, and many, many more.