The Reptile Room, by Lemony Snicket (4 December — 7 December)


Oh, audiobooks. Scott and I listened to about 2/3 of this book driving from Pittsburgh to Cleveland on Friday, but then we totally neglected it until yesterday. And then, when I was playing it on my computer and had lots of distractions? Terrible! I had to fold laundry just so I could focus on the book. Moral of this story? Save the audiobooks for the car. 🙂

But anyway, this is the second in the Series of Unfortunate Events, which I am apparently very slowly catching Scott up on. (Is there a rule about ending sentences with two prepositions?) Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, having recently avoided Violet’s marriage to Count Olaf, get to go live with their herpetologist uncle, Montgomery Montgomery, and his large collection of snakes. Uncle Monty is everything that Olaf is not, and the orphans have a lovely time for the few days until Monty’s new assistant, “Stephano” (really Count Olaf) shows up. Unfortunate things then happen to the kids, as you may have guessed.

This audiobook was a lot different than the one for The Bad Beginning; instead of different actors for all the voices, Tim Curry took on all of them, which made the tone rather a bit darker than in the first book. Curry also employed a hacking cough every time he spoke as Poe, which is correct, I suppose, but incredibly annoying (especially to Scott). It was still delightful, however, and I highly recommend again the series and the audiobooks.

Rating: 7/10

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7 thoughts on “The Reptile Room, by Lemony Snicket (4 December — 7 December)

  1. Alison says:

    I totally forgot to mention the song! There was definitely a song on this one, with a really drawn-out “In the Rep-tile Roooooooooom”. It was really weird. 🙂

  2. Petunia says:

    I've listened to the first two Unfortunate Events and they were both read by Curry. I wonder if the first one you listened to was from a different publishing house or something. We love Tim Curry so we loved the audios.

  3. Alison says:

    Humm. The first one was definitely narrated by Tim Curry, but with other people providing the actual dialogue and some of the “he said, she said” cut out, so that it was more like a radio play than a typical audiobook. I liked it a lot; maybe I'll have to see if it is a different publisher after all!

  4. Petunia says:

    I don't remember other people but my memory is not in a good way lately. If Tim Curry was the narrator then it probably was the same publisher. Dang! I hate when my brain backfires like that.

  5. Alison says:

    Well, I looked up the audiobooks that I had listened to, and they do seem to be from two different publishers, which is sad! The first one was from HarperCollins, the second (and a different version of the first, and all of the rest) from Listening Library.

    So I would imagine that I listened to a different version of the first book than you did and that you've not gone completely mad. 🙂

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