Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9781478924838 $22.98 Four CDs
DD ISBN 9781478924845 $19.98
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9781478980643 $59.99 Four CDs
While narrator Liam Aiken evokes the wistful, dolorous tone of Snicket’s second mystery in his All the Wrong Questions series, he fails to deliver Snicket’s signature snark with appropriate vigor. In this episode, the main character, 12- year-old Lemony Snicket, continues the investigations that began in STAIN’D BY THE SEA with the case of the missing chemist, Cleo Knight. As Aiken delivers Snicket’s declarative sentences in a deadpan voice, his remote reading keeps listeners distant from the story. Furthermore, Aiken does not always play up the quirks of the town’s eccentric characters. When he does use individualized voicings, the story shakes off its languidness to some degree. Aiken’s melancholy narration echoes Snicket’s loneliness but doesn’t enliven the recording for young listeners. An attached PDF file includes the character Seth’s illustrations. C.A. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2013]
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