The Wide Window, by Lemony Snicket

Scott and I made two fourteen-hour drives last week (to and from Jacksonville), and so I collected as many of the Series of Unfortunate Events audiobooks as I could, which was five. We got through four of them on the trip, so you’ll be hearing a lot about these for the next little while!

The Wide Window is the third in the series, and starts with the Baudelaire orphans being sent off to stay with their “aunt” (read: some odd relation) Josephine on the shores of Lake Lachrymose. Josephine is entertainingly paranoid about everything — she won’t use the stove because she’s afraid of fire and she won’t use the telephone because she’s afraid of electrocution — but she’s not paranoid enough to avoid the ever-scheming Count Olaf, who shows up again with a grand plan to get the orphans into his clutches. He doesn’t, of course, but plenty of other unfortunate things happen before the book is over.

Things to note about this audiobook: it (at least the one we had) is narrated by the author, whose voice is not as delightful as Tim Curry’s but is still entertaining. And Daniel Handler does not employ the hacking cough for Mr. Poe that so annoyed Scott, which is a big bonus on a long car trip! 🙂

Rating: 7/10
(A to Z Challenge, Flashback Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge)

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