Book Review

The Bad Beginning : Book Review


The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Author: Lemony Snicket
Publication Date: September 30, 1999
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Children’s
Pages: 176
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

Okay guys I have a confession to make, I have never read this series! There, I said it. Phew, now I can relax a little. Better late then never right? I will say though that I have immensely loved the Netflix series based on these books and that is partly why I decided to give these a try finally! Lucky me I grew up while these were being published so I did go into reading this/watching the show with some knowledge of what the premise was.

First I want to say that I am listening to these on audiobook and I am living my best life right now. Not only is this first book only 2 and a half hours long (so I was able to finish it between waking up this morning and lunch!), but it is also narrated by the ever amazing TIM CURRY! Tim. Curry. I am dying guys. I was not expecting that at all but when I initially heard him begin the narration I knew I recognized that voice so I checked the details and lo and behold it’s the famous TIM CURRY! This book automatically gets an extra star from me for having the best narrator.

Do you listen to audiobooks? I clearly do, I love them because I’m actually not home a lot and I’m always on the go so I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read a physical book. I obviously still read them a lot it just takes me a lot longer to get through them because I don’t have the time. So, audiobooks have saved my reading goals more than once. I love finding exceptional audiobooks, if I’m going to listen to something for hours on end I want to enjoy it. I want the narrator to be amazing and the story to be portrayed as gripping as it would be on the page. I think The Bad Beginning (and I’m assuming the series in general because TIM CURRY!) is an exceptional audiobook. There is a full cast, WHICH I LOVE, and not only that but this audiobook is completely wild guys. There’s music throughout, there’s noises, it’s almost as if they characters actually act out the scenes as well as read them and I cannot get enough of it!

I am sure it no spoiler to reveal what this story is about. The Baudelaire siblings live a dreary and miserable life after the death of their parents in a tragic house fire. They lost their parents, they lost their home, and then they have to live with Count Olaf, a mysterious man with a plot to steal their family fortune. Anything bad and terrible you could think of happens to these poor unfortunate children. There is a light air to these terrible misfortunes though, because this is a children’s book after all. With all of this negativity in their life they never let it get them down, they find a way to outwit and outsmart Count Olaf and his cronies at every turn and it was so fun watching them work together and see what their strengths are!

Even though this is A Bad Beginning I think this is actually a very good beginning to a long and terrible Series of Unfortunate Events! I’ve thought about this for a minute and I think I am giving The Bad Beginning a solid 3.5 stars (so 4 rounded up!) I really enjoyed this story and thought the children were adorable and witty.  I’m hoping the further I get into these stories the more detailed and longer they will be (but yes I know these are children books so I’m not expecting anything too detailed or long). I am excited to get further into these books and finally be able to say that I’ve read these, even if it is 20 years after the publication. HEY! Maybe there will be a 20th anniversary edition I can get!

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