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.
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