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The Trouble Begins, Movie Tie-in Edition: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-3 (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1-3)

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"Dear Fan of Count Olaf, If you are looking for a good time, I'm sorry to tell you that you are holding a box of books, a term which here means " three books too many." As you may know, reading is pretty much the boringest thing in the world. You would have a better time watching a motion picture starring a handsome count. My major motion picture, for example, starring me, ...more
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Published November 1st 2004 by HarperKidsEntertainment (first published October 1st 2001)
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Tiffany
Sep 13, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a crazy sense of humour!
Shelves: fiction, humour, series, youth
These books cracked me up. I love Lemony Snicket. I love the humour in the books, and how everyone was just so stupid, except for the Baudelaire children. I love the narrator's dire warnings about how you should not read these stories, how repulsive and unpleasant they are. There is much irony in the stories (the doll's name is Pretty Penny--in a story about depressing, terrible things...) and I think Lemony Snicket is brilliant. Plus, I think, reading them as a child, you would learn a whole ne ...more
Molly
Apr 23, 2008 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the whole series is ridiculously brilliant. kids don't even realize that they're learning big words and historical fatcs, because the stories are amazing and exciting. i simply do not understand why some children persist in merely reasing harry potter over and over and over when there are books like this. i don't like harry potter. there. i've said it. and although it was only for a moment, i did at one point briefly contemplate getting a tattoo of an eye on my ankle, just like count olaf...mayb ...more
Kelsey Lynn
Sep 08, 2010 Kelsey Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like these books a lot. I think it is so hilarious how the Author just tells you not to read them over and over again. I really like especially how he adds himself into the mysterious mystery of V.F.D. like its a real thing, and how he tells us where he is feverishly typing away. Theyre a fun read for sure!
Carolynn
Sep 01, 2009 Carolynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the first several- maybe up to 6-7 even, but they kind of started to drag after a point. The novelty of the general tone carried me through all 13 though... I'm a softy for kid books along these lines.
Heidi
Apr 05, 2011 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with the author's persona, but after the first novel, the plots were not only the same, but I grew toooooo weary of every single adult being completely useless or evil.
Anita
Apr 24, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charlotte, atticus
Fantastic as an audio book.
Eleidhunita
Feb 01, 2014 Eleidhunita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Fue el primer "libro gordo" que leí! ¡Y eso que estaba en mi etapa no lectora! Me apetece releerlo, pero le tengo pánico a volver a leerlo y que no me guste :(
Skoldasy
Mar 23, 2017 Skoldasy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bonjour mes petits loups !

Aujourd’hui, je vous propose mon avis sur la première intégrale des « désastreuses aventures des orphelins Baudelaire ».
Je dois vous avouer que j’ai commencé la lecture de cette saga parce que j’ai beaucoup apprécié la série lancée sur Netflix. Je suis assez étonnée de découvrir pour une fois une adaptation qui tient la route par rapport à l’œuvre originale.

Cette intégrale regroupe donc les trois premiers tomes de la saga. « Tout commence mal… » Nous présente ces trois
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Leslie (Taliaferro) Proctor
Easy fun read

These books are fun to read not your typical reads if you like happy endings there are no happy endings here but still fun to read.
Sakura87
Sono desolato di dovervi annunciare che il libro che avete fra le mani è estremamente sgradevole. Racconta infatti la triste storia di tre ragazzi molto sfortunati.

Una serie di sfortunati eventi è un ciclo in tredici romanzi per ragazzi attribuito a Lemony Snicket, narratore della storia e marginale personaggio della saga, nonché eteronimo dell'autore Daniel Handler. L'edizione da me letta è quella inglese, e contiene i primi tre volumi della saga, che rimaneggiati costituiscono anche la trama d
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Adrián Quesada
I can't really say anything that hasn't been said about these books before. I cheated, though, since I came in with half a formed opinion because I loved the Netflix show so much.

It's of course a book for children so it actually has a surprising amount of complexity, but it still doesn't excuse how formulaic and repetitive it is. The main reason I liked the series so much was the secondary characters, like Mr. Poe and all the guardians, but they don't really get a chance to shine so much when o
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SallyStenger
This book contains the first three of the Lemony Snicket series: The Bad Beginning, the Reptile Room, and the Wide Window.

The Bad Beginning: a pretty short book, just 168 pages. A quick read. I don't think it took me longer than an hour. I read it in one sitting. Reasonably interesting, but at this point not as interesting as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. The author has a quirk of using long words and then defining them. At the end of the book he uses several of the words - like the exercise wh
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Matthew
Jun 08, 2014 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Children's books often deal with the adult world in a dark way, with our heroes at the mercy of bad guardians. Usually we have the comfort of knowing that authors don't allow children to suffer indefinitely, and there will be a happy ending. This is usually within the book itself, or possibly at the end of a book cycle. (You didn't really believe those rumours that J K Rowling was going to kill off Harry Potter, did you?)

The Lemony Snicket books offer two unusual twists on this established plot
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Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I’ve been meaning to read A Series Of Unfortunate Events for ages, so when I was browsing through the children’s section at the library, I had to pick this up!

I didn’t like it as much as I thought, and if I stopped after reading the first book, I would have been fine. For those not familiar with the series, it’s about the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire orphans. In the first book (The Bad Beginning), we learn that their parents died, so the 3 children go to live with Count Olaf. He’s after t
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Dramapuppy
Feb 12, 2017 Dramapuppy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of those children's books that aren't really "wonderful for all ages." Don't get wrong, I'm enjoying reading them now, but I can tell I would have LOVED them as a kid. So, my actual rating is three stars, but I'm giving it four because it's not the author's fault I'm reading something for which I'm not the target audience.

So far, this series is the right level of depressing. There are a lot of life or death situations and the world is pretty dark, but it's not terrifying enou
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Neftalik
Dec 01, 2010 Neftalik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t you just like adventurous stories with a massive amount of suspense? Well if so then you’ve come to the right place! Lemony Snicket’s the Ominous Omnibus adventure packed story that’s just right for you. So go join Klaus, Violet, and Sunny Baudelaire on their series of unfortunate events!
Violet, Klaus, and sunny Baudelaire were peacefully enjoying a foggy day at the beach, tossing stones and observing the native creatures there. Then it happened. Their parent’s friend and local banker, Mr
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Amy (Turn the Page)
This is a fantastically unique series for younger readers. Snicket actually becomes like a character himself, as he narrates the unhappy tale of Violet, Klaus and Sunny – possibly three of the most unstereotypical YA characters you will ever read – as though talking directly to the reader.

Violet is fourteen and an inventor, able to build useful contraptions and devices out of almost anything. Klaus, ‘a little older than twelve’ is very intelligent and reads a lot, while Sunny enjoys biting thing
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Una serie di sfortunati eventi è un ciclo in tredici romanzi per ragazzi attribuito a Lemony Snicket, narratore della storia e marginale personaggio della saga, nonché eteronimo dell'autore Daniel Handler. L'edizione da me letta è quella inglese, e contiene i primi tre volumi della saga, che rimaneggiati costituiscono anche la trama del grazioso film Lemony Snicket - Una serie di sfortunati eventi diretto da Brad Silberling e con Jim Carrey nei panni del Conte Olaf.

The Bad Beginning (in italiano
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Dominique
Nov 12, 2011 Dominique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books start the tale of the Baudelaire orphans and the unfortunate events that keep happening to them. First, their parents die in a tragic and sudden fire, then they are sent off to live with relatives that they have never met before. It isn't very long before they realize that they are victim is the terrible plans of Count Olaf, who is trying to get his hands on their fortune. He comes up with devilish plans to trap the children, even going as far as to murder people. They must escape hi ...more
Erin
May 06, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I realize I'm about 15 years behind the times in reading these books, but for whatever reason I didn't read them when I was in middle school so I'm catching up now. And you know what? I'm glad, because these books are hilarious and I probably would have missed out on half the humor back then (The moral of WWI is not to assassinate Archduke Ferdinand - wise words.)

I also appreciate the author's vocabulary and the frequently interjected definitions. Some are real - and some are words I don't know
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Eli
May 27, 2009 Eli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Missi
Feb 20, 2013 Missi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories are fun but make sure your kids can handle it before you let them read it for themselves. The "author" is a wonderful story teller and I love the way they introduce so many large and unusual words. The story is definitely a form of dark humor for the younger set but some of the wording I though could have been lightened up a bit. There was talk of slitting throats and blood running like a waterfall. The uncle murders someone and the kids are treated very poorly in the first book. It' ...more
April Helms
The first three books in the popular series of stories about the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans. After their parents die in a house fire, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are forced to live with their distant cousin, Count Olaf. Olaf is a cruel, treacherous and cunning foe who is after the Baudelaire fortune, and it is up to the intelligent children to thwart him. It’s pretty easy to read, fast-paced and full (sometimes over-full) of sly asides and wink-and-nudge humor, such as Olaf’s “in loco parentis” ...more
Michael
After reading the first three books, I can't help but feel that the series is inappropriately named, which in this case means "the events are due less to misfortune than to maliciousness." However, the ubiquitous Count Olaf aside, the setting nicely evokes the gothic, macabre works of Edward Gorey and Charles Addams, and the language of the narration is quite delicious, which in this case doesn't mean "I licked my ebook clean as if it were a bowl of ice cream," but "I found my inner voice evokin ...more
Olivia
Dec 20, 2010 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steve
Dec 02, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading these books cuz my daughter was reading the first one and we would talk about them in the morning before I went to work. Having finished the third book in a series of thirteen I'm coming away not-so-impressed. The three books in this volume are painfully "formulaic". The orphans are brilliant, polite and creative; adults are rude, condescending, foolish, self-absorbed and occasionally just plain evil. Plot twists are inelegantly contrived and predictable. It is unlikely that I' ...more
Jen
Apr 23, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book (doesn't seem to be the single volume to list on Goodreads) and liked it. "Snicket" throws all sorts of bad luck at the orphans, but their resilience, love and resourcefulness are very appealing. He obviously loves children, and defines words in a whimsical way throughout the text, which I'm sure parents will appreciate. I particularly loved his little insights into human nature, such as how sometimes when you hate something, just hearing someone else say they hate it too c ...more
Jenny Gendel
Sep 08, 2010 Jenny Gendel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers
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Savannah
Jun 10, 2007 Savannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children 3rd - 6th grade
These are 3 great books that I read in 1 week so you can too!

The Bad Begining: Starts off with Sunny, Klaus & Violet at the beach & Mr. Poe drives in with terrible news... can't share the news. Have to read the book to find out. =)

The Reptile Room: The family has to leave Count Olaf and go to another care takers to prevent him from taking their family fortune.

The Wide Window: The family has to leave uncle Monty's after tragedy comes knocking at their door.

Have any question? Ask me.
Kpent
Feb 20, 2012 Kpent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written for young people, this series includes a wit that grabs young and old alike. As the author, honest Leomony Snicket warns, the tales are not ones of "happily ever after," but rather ones that keep-you-just-in-front-of-the-clutches-of-a-wicked-villain-who-will-find-you-wherever-you-go.

Great for learning new vocabulary with plenty of events that could make for some great discussions—depending on the age and temperament of your children. These are not good bedtime stories for the very young
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com
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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
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