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Description

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.
©1999 Lemony Snicket (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critiques

Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8+, 2005
Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album for Children, 2005
Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2001

"Tension-producing orchestral music, scene-setting sound effects, and most of all, Tim Curry's chocolate-voiced narration captivate the listener in this multicast production of the Lemony Snicket that started it all.... It's all good fun for listening children and their parents." (AudioFile)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lindsey
  • 05/06/2005

Brilliantly miserable

I had looked at this series in print, but it had not held my attention as an adult. I was surprised to find I really enjoyed this production of the book- a very high quality, witty, well thought out performance. All the sound effects were excellent, and alterations in the text made sure that the warnings not to listen/read to such gloomy material came across freshly as jokes.
Aimed at children who are just developing a sense of irony, can be painlessly enjoyed by an adult in the same car.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • KWolfie
  • 12/06/2015

All the Noise

wonderfully read, awesome writing, but the background noise was unnecessary, mildly irritating, and at times made the reading hard to hear. A great performance but is go with the normal audiobook version if I had to choose again.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Catherine Storey
  • 01/06/2015

good, but

everything was great, except the sound effects often drowned out the reader. the effects were much louder than the story.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Diana - Audible
  • 16/04/2012

Books Will Save You

The Bad Beginning may be, as Lemony Snicket reveals, a miserable tale, but it is a joy to listen to. This full-cast production is of the highest caliber, filled with orchestral music and chilling sound effects. I loved Tim Curry (yes, Dr. Frank N. Furter) as the infamous villain Count Olaf, and was charmed by the witty Baudelaire siblings, who rely on books to help them avoid the Count's treachery.

37 sur 39 personne(s) ont trouvé cet avis utile.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • BR mom
  • 07/05/2005

Wickedly funny -- not just kid stuff

I had toyed with the idea of picking up these books on occasion at various places. After I heard the interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (on my 40th birthday no less), I had to give these a try. This not just kidstuff (although they are completely kid appropriate). These are so much FUN!!! My husband and I listen to them over and over and laugh our heads off. Misery loves company -- and I am hooked.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Dan
  • 19/05/2011

Great start. Too bad about licensing..

I really loved this book. I decided to listen to it between bigger books as sort of a palette cleanser. Tim Curry is Lemony Snicket and a full cast reads the dialog. There are also nice sound effects and music so that it feels like a real radio play.

Unfortunately as I looked to get the other volumes, Audible has not licensed all of the Tim Curry/Full Cast versions of these books. It's disappointing to go from a full production complete with voice acting, sound effects and Tim Curry to Daniel Handler dryly reading his own novels.

So I will not be buying the rest of them until they can get all of the Tim Curry/Full Cast versions.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Angel
  • 12/10/2015

Too noisy.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not wasted, but I'd have preferred spending the time finding a different version.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself. The characters are fantastical and unpredictable and delightful.

What three words best describe Tim Curry and Full Cast ’s performance?

Too much background.

Do you think The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes! Just... maybe edited slightly differently.

Any additional comments?

I love these books and I mean - it's Tim Curry! But all the noise in the background was REALLY off-putting.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles D. Guerrero
  • 22/01/2005

Wonderful!

Tim Curry's narration is positively brilliant, and the production values of this recording are first rate. All the voices, music and sound effects makes this a tremendous experience!

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Materfamilias
  • 25/08/2015

Do not like the sound effects

The sound effects are really distracting and annoying. Also, I am so far finding the story to really be just depressing and unenjoyable. Maybe I need to read the book for myself before finishing it on audible with my kids, but it's not what I was expecting and the sound effects make none of us want to keep listening.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 03/08/2017

THIS STORY DOES NOT HAVE A HAPPY ENDING

Grew On Me
I listen to this book once before, with a regular reader. I gave it four stars. During the first hour of this reading I was thinking four stars, than like a lightning bolt it hit me, that I was really enjoying it. I think it was hard for me to accept this unusual angle at reaching kids. With all the goodie two shoe books (In which I am a big fan) out there, it is good to have another way to reach children. These books show that bad things, happen to good people, and it is not the fault of the kids. I think it should only be for older kids, though. The story itself is entertaining and I found myself wondering what was going to happen next. The book was not predictable, as most children books are. You may want to listen on your own first, before sharing it with your kids.

I loved the production and I hope they do some more of these.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • snoopyjana
  • 17/02/2006

Absolut hörenswert

Dieses Hörspiel muss man gehört haben. Mal abgesehen davon, dass die Geschichten um die Baudelaire Orphans an sich schon sehr sehr gut sind, schafft es die Gruppe um Tim Curry dieses Hörspiel zu einem Erlebnis zu machen. Einmal angefangen kann man fast nicht mehr aufhören. Und wer diesen ersten Band der Series of Unfortunate Events gehört hat, wird mit Sicherheit auch all die anderen Bücher von Lemony Snicket hören wollen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • estragon77
  • 19/03/2011

unbelievable good...

...unbelievable is also that the second part yet is not available to download.

Still remembering Tim Curry as Frank'n'Furter there propably is no one better than him to read "The Series of Unfortunate Events".