Publication Date: September 2000
Audio Book Duration: 3 hours 8 minutes
Genre: Children’s fiction / Fantasy
If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven’t got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.
With all due respect,
Well, the summary above doesn’t tell us much about the story in question, does it? Let me tell you, this is another great book in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The Wide Window follows the same sort of structure as the first 2 books, with the Baudelaire children being thrown into “unfortunate events” again and again, while trying to get rid of Count Olaf (who’s still after their fortune). This time the children are shipped off to a distant relative, Aunt Josephine, who is afraid of basically EVERYTHING! She’s a lovely lady really, but not as lovely as Uncle Monty from the second book in the series. I still miss Uncle Monty… (sigh)
There’s not much to say about this book really, because it’s so similar to the 2 previous books in the series. The major difference (in the audiobook) is that this one is read by Lemony Snicket himself instead of Tim Curry.
All I can say is, not everyone was born to be a narrator! Lemony Snicket is a great writer, but when it comes to reading for an audiobook the man is as boring as soggy brussels sprouts.
I think it’s the monotone that kills it for me. There’s no emotion there whatsoever. So I’m really hoping Tim Curry comes back on the next book.