Trade Ed. Listening Library 2001
CS ISBN $18.00 Two cassettes
[Editor’s Note: The follwing is a combined review with THE REPTILE ROOM.]--The three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, have recently joined the world of children’s literature made hospitable by a wizard named Harry. Their miserable lives, an unrelenting series of catastrophes, have become the source of grins and giggles among elementary and middle-grade readers. And who better to read the serialized melodrama than the multitalented Tim Curry, master of multiple voices and deadpan delivery? Fabulously funny, the first two volumes afford Curry, as the deeply sorrowful, omniscient narrator, an opportunity to display his enormous talents--in Mr. Poe’s chronic, wheezing cough; Sunny’s squawking, incomprehensible gibberish; Count Olaf’s sinister and malevolent arch villainy; and Uncle Monty’s lisp. An added bonus on THE BAD BEGINNING is a wildly funny interview between Leonard Marcus and Daniel Handler (who is actually suspected to be the author, Lemony Snicket!) that will have kids longing for more. To extend the fun, each audiobook is decked out with an appropriate theme song by the Gothic Archies. Listeners should be prepared to settle in for some serious frivolity! T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. 2002 Audie Award Finalist. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 01]
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