Liam Aiken narrates this prequel to the Series of Unfortunate Events in a somber, deadpan tone that heightens its dark humor. As a teenaged Lemony Snicket investigates a series of arsons in a town called Stain’d-by-the-Sea, Aiken creates voices that delineate character and help keep clear the large cast of Snicket’s associates, enemies, and enemies that turn out to be associates. Aiken’s tone of quiet urgency will keep listeners hooked through wordplay, mysteries, good meals, romance, and the appearance of a new villain named Hangfire, who hoodwinks adults, frames a librarian, and kidnaps all the children in town. This smart and funny listen will please Snicket fans and create new ones. A.F. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2014]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781478955726 $23.00 Five CDs
DD ISBN 9781478955733 $19.98
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 9781478956624 $49.99 Five CDs
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