Narrator: Tim Curry
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
Published by Scholastic on September 30th 1999
There is an alternate cover edition here.
I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands 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 putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,Lemony Snicket
A Series Of Unfortunate Events is a series I started a long time ago and I probably got to like book two or three and never finished it. I did however see the movie with Jim Carey and really enjoyed it. When I heard that Netflix was going to revamp the series and that Neil Patrick Harris was going to star in it and new that I really wanted to read the series before watching the show.
As usual, I was lucky that the library had all the audiobooks. My friend Cam over Twenty Three Pages had told me that the audiobooks were really good and she doesn’t really care for audiobooks so I figured they just had to be good.
Just as Cam told me the audiobooks were really good! They are narrated with a full cast and even have special effect sounds and I felt like I was hearing a movie without physically seeing it. Does that make sense? Probably not.
I absolutely love when an audiobook has a full cast because I feel like it really brings the book together. I enjoy audiobooks the most when I’m cleaning or when I’m coloring and I found myself not wanting to do either of those things because this audiobook demanded my attention.
The good thing about these audiobooks is that they are only two hours and about thirty minutes long so before you know it the book is over and it leaves you wanting to listen to the second book, which I already borrowed.
The story isn’t anything amazing but it is out of this world and keeps you wondering as an adult how on earth this could happen. That being said, the book is written for a younger crowd so now that I’m older I feel like I can’t appreciate it the way it should have been. I do think that my niece who hates to read and my son who does enjoy to read would probably enjoy these very much.
I really liked how the story sucked me in from the beginning; if I had been younger I probably would have absolutely loved this series. It has the elements of everything I would have loved at a younger age.
The writing is simple but of course this novel is intended for an audience much younger then I am. So if you’re reading this and you’re older just try and keep that in mind. Because I can assure that younger Tina would have enjoyed this so much.
Will I continue the series?
Absolutely, I’m already listening to The Reptile Room and I’m beyond excited to read the entire series and I already borrowed most of the audiobooks from the library. I don’t know if I’ll review each and every individual book but I do plan on doing a series review.
I’m also going to through my physical copy of The Bad Beginning to my niece to see if just maybe I can get her to finally start reading.