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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,623 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lemony Snicket Narrator: Liam Aiken Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The All the Wrong Questions Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781619692527
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In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The sort of goodie savored by brainy kids who love wordplay, puzzles, and plots that zing from point A to B by way of the whole alphabet.”

    Washington Post

  • Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues....Equal parts wit and absurdity. The Boston Globe
  • Please, it's Lemony Snicket. Enough said. Booklist
  • A Pink Panther-esque page turner that marks the return of eccentric narrator Lemony Snicket....The black, gray and blue illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator. Los Angeles Times
  • * "[With] gothic wackiness, linguistic play and literary allusions....Fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events will be in heaven picking out tidbit references to the tridecalogy, but readers who've yet to delve into that well of sadness will have no problem enjoying this weird and witty yarn. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "Full of Snicket's trademark droll humor and maddeningly open-ended, this will have readers clamoring for volume two. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "Full of Snicket's characteristic wit and word play . . . this book belongs in all collections. VOYA, starred review
  • The sort of goodie savored by brainy kids who love wordplay, puzzles and plots that zing from point A to B by way of the whole alphabet. The Washington Post
  • “A Pink Panther-esque page turner that marks the return of eccentric narrator Lemony Snicket…An outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues…Equal parts wit and absurdity.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Delicious…A charming, clever, and enormously enjoyable little mystery which asks all sorts of questions but answers very few of them; I’m already impatient to read the rest of the series.”

    The Guardian (London)

  • “This book belongs in all collections serving middle school students. Readers will be eagerly awaiting the next volume in the series.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “Please, it’s Lemony Snicket. Enough said.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children, 2012
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2012 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Kids
  • Selected for the Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2012 Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2012 Amazon Best Books of the Year for Middle Grade Readers

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 2/20/2014

    " I was initially slightly worried when my sister gave me this book for Christmas, because though I loved reading the Series of Unfortunate Events as a child, I always felt that "Lemony Snicket" was cheating. I felt sure that reading more from this author with more experience with literature would leave me feeling negatively towards a series that I did thoroughly enjoy as a youngster. However, this book certainly did not leave me feeling cold. It has all the familiar elements from S.o.u.E.; the ridiculous plot lines, the treacherous villains, the confusion, the odd definitions of words, and the penchant of Mr. Snicket to never reveal any real answers. This is all part of the charm, as frustrating as it sometimes seems when you read it. If the author had finally answered all the big questions in 'The End', I doubt that all the readers would have been satisfied (I do not think a Harry Potter-style conclusion would have been possible here; too many loose ends!). Mystery is an integral part of these works. Who could that be at this hour seeks to follow a different path; the trials of the Beaudelaire Orphins being well and truly told. This volume picks up the story of the 13 year old Lemony Snicket; who were know as the Narrator of the original series. Snicket's experiences seem to echo the orphins'; he is shunted around against his will in the care of the villainous S. Theodore Markson. Lemony has been taken on by this woman as an apprentice, a role which turns out to be more the executor of dirty work. Lemony takes matters into his own hands and gets help from two girls that he meets along the way. The familiar and almost cozy twist and turns of the plot kept me on my toes, and I found this a rollicking and enjoyable read. Lemony Snicket continues to leave everything unexplained and the poor reader scratching his head trying to figure out what it all means; but resolution is not the point; the process of reading is the whole point, and I think it takes a child's mind to 'get' this idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/19/2014

    " It felt great to be reading another novel by Lemony Snicket. His writing mimicked A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I loved. Snicket's use of humor, red herrings, and a type of film noir style writing makes for one enjoyable adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan | 2/9/2014

    " lots of Very Fine Dialog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/7/2014

    " I Will never get to old for any Daniel Handler book ever. Will definetely continue reading these series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 1/29/2014

    " This book was really good- throughly enjoyed it! Now I can't wait to read The Series Of Unfortunate Events "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy McRae | 1/25/2014

    " Classic Snicket! Lots of twists & turns, lots of extraordinary vocabulary words, and just-plain-fun story. I'm looking forward to the second installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mallory | 1/20/2014

    " While Snicket's quirky wordplay shines, the characters pale in comparison to the Baudelaires. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/18/2014

    " Uhhh... I liked the illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa Carrillo | 12/27/2013

    " such an interesting book to read. Nothing is at it seems "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deloris | 12/25/2013

    " Great book!!! There must be a second one coming out soon, because it didn't quite wrap up the whole mystery.... :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bea Bolinger | 12/10/2013

    " I adore the Series of Unfortunate Events and whenever I see Snicket's name I pick up the book. This is the first in a new series and it begins with Snicket's first mystery as a young man. Not as charming as SUE but there is potential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan Brooke | 11/23/2013

    " A new mystery by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), that I found was very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 11/12/2013

    " Fun read with my 8 year old. We're both bummed that we have to wait until fall for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iwaswondering | 6/11/2013

    " Great book! A true Snicket novel. The book leaves the reader with lots of questions and no answers. Looking forward to the next installment (is there one planned?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noemi | 3/22/2013

    " For children and pre teen is a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 3/19/2013

    " This was a quick fun read. I enjoyed the book and will be recommending it to MG readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasie | 1/28/2013

    " can't wait for the second book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dustin Fife | 12/25/2012

    " A fun crime/noir parody and novel for kids. If you want them to grow up to read Dashiell Hammett, you should probably start them here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 12/21/2012

    " Oh dear. So self-consciously smart that I just can't take it. Will kids like this book? I sure didn't. And next to all the Agatha Christie books that I've read lately, the "mystery" in this book looks lame and undeveloped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/7/2012

    " A rather rambling journey where we ended up where we started out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felix Cortes | 11/25/2012

    " It's very enjoyable. But very very short... I WANT MORE! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 11/13/2012

    " Hmm. I have really missed Lemony Snicket and this was a fun way for him to come back. His signature style is present, albeit a bit toned down, and mysteries abound. Something about the pacing felt off to me, but I am still looking forward to the next story. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garry | 11/3/2012

    " Snicket has done it again. Another tour de force...which here means a book that is a fine example of a particular genre in the hands of a master who is clicking on all cylinders. "

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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

Liam Aiken is an actor known for his roles in the films Henry Fool, Sweet November, The Road to Perdition, and Stepmom, for which he received the Young Artist Award. He graduated in 2008 from Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey and is attending New York University’s Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. He currently resides in New Jersey.