Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2003
CS ISBN $20.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN $25.95 Five CDs
In this ninth adventure of the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny become “freaks” in a carnival in their continuing efforts to avoid the villainous Count Olaf. Full of the usual “definitions,” interesting but often irreverent explanations of common and uncommon activities, Snicket’s oeuvre offers drama, connections to previous books, and literary allusions to tempt the older reader. All of this is delivered in Tim Curry’s consistently excellent voice. He breathes evil into Count Olaf and his cohorts and becomes the foreign Madame Lulu. After creating distinct individualized voices for each character, he creates a new and different voice for many of those same characters as disguises go on and come off. Curry is a master of dry, ironic tones that add an additional undercurrent of suspense, keeping the listener off-balance throughout. W.L.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2004 ALA Notable Recording © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 03]
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