Retro Friday Book Reviews are hosted by Angieville. Basically you review an older or under the radar title on Fridays. This Friday, I’m reviewing A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket Audiobook.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure IS SO TRUE. Omfg you guys, as you may recall, I completely LOVED A Tale Dark And Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. A few people who did not like it mentioned being turned off by the narration technique which is supposedly very similar to A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Friends, as SOON as I heard that I promptly put a hold on the first audiobook in the series – The Bad Beginning. I was NOT disappointed.
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket opens with a warning: If you are expecting a pleasant tale, read another book. The three Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are at the beach when they discover their parents have perished in a house fire. Mr Poe, a banker, sends the children to live with their distant uncle, Count Olaf, based on the will which stipulates that the children must live with a blood relative. Count Olaf, FYI, is a giant douche. He uses the kids as slaves and tries to steal their considerable fortune.
Oh, friends, how I LOVED The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. It will appeal to a certain type of reader, mainly children, and people who are probably going to hell. For example, I dislike small children, so I wasn’t overly upset whenever something bad would happen to the orphans. I also love disruptive narrators. The third person technique is awesome here. The narrator keeps interrupting to warn the reader as well as to define words. You see, he defines words as a way of making fun of patronizing children’s books. I definitely laughed out loud.
If you are going to read A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket for the first time, like me, I will HIGHLY recommend the audiobook version. The audiobook is only 3 hours and it is read by TIM FREAKIN’ CURRY who is a super star. Seriously, this audiobook was amazing. Curry does different voices and accents. One character, Mr. Poe, is phlegmy and Curry coughs as he reads Mr. Poe’s bits. Curry also does a perfect evil voice as Count Olaf. Friends, if you don’t know what to listen to after a Jim Dale audio – A Series Of Unfortunate Events is a great option. The audiobook is produced by Listening Library
Disclosure: Borrowed from my public library.