The Bad Beginning

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The Bad Beginning

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

0 pages

Edition: Unabridged

Publisher: Listening Library

Publish Date: Sep 2003

ISBN-13: 9780807219904

ISBN-10: 0807219908

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Dear Listener,
I'm sorry to say that the audiobook you arc 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 beginning of this Program when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on to the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune. In this short audiobook 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 tell these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from turning off this audio and listening to something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

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Publisher: Listening Library
Publish Date: Sep 2003
ISBN-13: 9780807219904
ISBN-10: 0807219908
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 5.25 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 0807219908

About the author

Biography of Snicket, Lemony

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, who was born on February 28, 1970. As Lemony Snicket, he is the author of and appears as a character in the children's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events. He has also written or contributed to other works under the pen name of Lemony Snicket that are not related to A Series of Unfortunate Events including Baby in the Manger, The Lump of Coal, and The Composer is Dead. Under his real name, Handler is the author of several books for adults including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1999-11)

Gr 4-6-This series chronicles the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children: Violet, 14; Klaus, 12; and the infant, Sunny. In Bad Beginning, their parents and possessions perish in a fire, and the orphans must use their talents to survive as their lives move from one disastrous event to another. Surrounded by dim-witted though well-meaning adults, the Baudelaires find themselves in the care of their evil relative, Count Olaf, a disreputable actor whose main concern is getting his hands on the children's fortune.

When Olaf holds Sunny hostage to force Violet to marry him, it takes all of the siblings' resourcefulness to outwit him. Violet's inventive genius, Klaus's forte for research, and Sunny's gift for biting the bad guys at opportune moments save the day. However, the evil Count escapes, only to return in The Reptile Room just as the children are settling into a far more pleasant life with their new guardian, Uncle Monty, who is promptly murdered by Olaf and his cohorts.

Though the villain escapes again, and beloved Uncle Monty is dead, the children are safe... for now. While the misfortunes hover on the edge of being ridiculous, Snicket's energetic blend of humor, dramatic irony, and literary flair makes it all perfectly believable. The writing, peppered with fairly sophisticated vocabulary and phrases, may seem daunting, but the inclusion of Snicket's perceptive definitions of difficult words makes these books challenging to older readers and excellent for reading aloud.

-Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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