The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket (10 August)

The power was out at our house from Monday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon, which was super-lame, as Scott and I are both rather in love with our computers. And when we’re not on the computer, we’re snuggling in front of the TV. Luckily for us, I had recently put The Bad Beginning on my iPod (a harrowing experience, actually, but it’s all better now!), so we hooked Travis (the iPod) up to Hobbes (our stereo system) and listened for two and a half hours (such a tiny book!).

This was one audiobook experience I really enjoyed! I think it helped that I had already read the book (and also that it’s a fairly simple story), because I didn’t feel like I had to concentrate terribly hard to keep up. Also, it’s narrated by Tim Curry, whom I adore, and the dialogue is actually done by several other voice actors so I wasn’t ever confused as to just who was talking. And there were some excellent ambient sound effects that just drew me even more into the story. It was like a radio play, and very well done. I highly recommend it.

I also highly recommend this book, if you haven’t already read it, and the whole series, really. The Bad Beginning kicks off the story of the Baudelaire children, who quickly become the Baudelaire orphans when their parents die in a fire that also consumes their home. The Baudelaire parents’ wills specify that the children are to be sent to live with their closest (in distance, not relation) relative, which leads them to live with a distant cousin, Count Olaf, on the other side of town. Olaf is terrible to them, but no one will help the children out of their situation and they have to do what they can themselves.

And, as this series is called A Series of Unfortunate Events, I’m sure you can guess that their lives don’t get much easier. In case you had doubts, the narrator (Lemony Snicket) reminds you many times that things are going to go badly and why don’t you just put this book down and go do happy things, which is not quite as entertaining the second time ’round, but is still good for a giggle here and there.

Rating: 8/10
(Summer Lovin’ Challenge)

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