The Bad Beginning

The Bad Beginning

Audiobook Cassette - 2001
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Read by Tim Curry
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2 cassettes

Beware -- Not for fans of happy endings!

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, p2001.
ISBN: 9780807261781
0807261785
Characteristics: 2 sound cassettes :,1 7/8 ips., stereo.
Additional Contributors: Curry, Tim

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JCLJoyceM Feb 02, 2018

Tim Curry as narrator makes this a superb audiobook. The wonderful thing about Lemony Snicket is the multisyllabic words which he then explains for youthful readers. An example: “in complete pandemonium, which here means actors and stagehands running around attending to details.” He also does this with unusual phrases: “They were of two minds, which here means….” This is a great book to enlarge kids’ vocabularies.
The interview with the author at the end is also hilarious. He provides his view about the marvelous words that he tosses into his books.

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 20, 2017

(NOTE: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Tim Curry available through Audible.)

Violet, Klaus, & baby Sunny Baudelaire were made orphans after the unfortunate death of the parents in a fire. Their parents' Will stated that all of their fortune was to go in to trust & not to be accessable until Violet comes of age. Also stated in their Will is that children were to be given to their next-of-kin. Enter Count Olaf, a terrible, terrible person. The children are mistreated, made to live in horrible living conditions, & they are forced to be servants to the Count. Meanwhile, Count Olaf is working overtime to devise a plan to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. Thank goodness there are a few decent people that are working on behalf of the childrens' best interest. There is a wonderful neighbor, Justice Strauss, that adores the children, & it doesn't hurt the childrens' situation that she just happens to be a judge. There is also the banker, Mr Poe, that is the executor of the trust. But can the goodness of the judge & banker overcome the devious Count Olaf? For now, but time will tell in book 2.

I'm a little ashamed that I liked the book as much as I did. I listened to the audiobook through Audible narrated by Tim Curry. That likely played a big part in my overall ranking. Fantastic narration! Saying I "liked" the book is really difficult for me given that the story was SUPER depressing & downright infuriating at points. However, the characters were strong, & I couldn't put the book down because I NEEDED to find out if the children escaped the clutches of Count Olaf. As much as it hurt to read this book, I find myself needing to read the next one to see how the childrens' plight plays out.

Age recommendation: 10 & up (scenes of neglect & mistreatment of young children)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 8.

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darladoodles
Jan 27, 2017

I can see why so many children and adults love these books. They have a dry humor that is understated, yet makes you laugh out loud on occasion. The plight of the Baudelaire siblings is indeed deplorable and they have already faced a number of unfortunate events in this first volume. What will happen next and when will Count Olaf show his wicked face again. I am going to proceed to volume 2 and find out posthaste.

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KevinThanh
Jun 21, 2016

I thought this book was really well written, also you can learn a few new words along the way.

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haloreach12
Oct 15, 2015

The Bad Beginning is a very well written book by Lemony Snicket. The book focuses on the lives of the three Baudelaire siblings, Klaus, Violet and Sunny after a tragic fire has their parents snatched from them. They are out of luck and despite being incredibly wealthy they must go and live with their wicked fourth cousin three times removed. Left with no choice they must live with him until Violet comes to age to inherit their family wealth. Count Olaf is a sinister man, who has no intentions to treat the children like family, he merely adopts them for a chance to gain their wealth. All three characters show unique skills and talents that they use to help them deal with Olaf. The book appealing to children from many age groups and is relatable for lots of kids. Some children will love the character of Klaus, who is passionate about reading, and loves to read about just any topic he can. While other children will love to read about Violet, a teenage girl who is amazing at creating inventions. My favorite character in this book was Sunny, the youngest of the three siblings, who is only two years old but shows she has a great personality and loves to bite objects. Reading this book was really fun for me as I read it after watching the movie. and I can honestly say the movie was not as good as the book. If I had to rate this book out of ten I would give it around and 8.5. Anyone who is committed to reading a great children's fantasy series should follow A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

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Dannyboy101
Jul 16, 2015

i love this book

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krystynadavila
Apr 02, 2015

the book had been returned last week.

gottschalk Jun 19, 2013

LEMONY SNICKET. 'NUFF SAID.

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LauraMWard
May 17, 2013

Tim Curry does an incredible job reading the book.

lakevilla_IDOL Dec 17, 2012

After the Baudelaire children's parents died, things went downhill from there. They have to live with their creepy relative who is determined to get their fourtune. There is 13 books in this whole series, so bad things happen to them all the time. Will things ever get better for them? Read this series to find out

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 20, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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green_ant_353
Apr 09, 2013

green_ant_353 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 99

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Dannyboy101
Jul 16, 2015

This book i basically about a family who lost both parents and now has to suffer to a man who wants there parents money

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 20, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: scenes of neglect & mistreatment of young children

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Dannyboy101
Jul 16, 2015

I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.

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