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The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  114,103 Ratings  ·  3,041 Reviews
Dear Reader,

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
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published February 25th 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 2nd 2000)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
*I'm not going to rate this, because I've already read this book & stand by my first rating of it.

I know towards the beginning of this series that the books tend to follow a similar story structure, but I love that Lemony Snicket still finds fresh ways of telling the Baudelaire story!
Jason Koivu
Oct 04, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Those super unfortunate orphans get stuck with another ineffectual guardian, who can't keep them safe from the dastardly Count Olaf. Looks like they'll have to find their own way out of this tight bind all by themselves, again!

Amateur Character Actor and Plotter of Evil Deeds............

Count Olaf


The The Wide Window has some colorful characters, wonderful settings and enough action to keep this one entertaining through out. The overly apt naming of people and places gives this a very old-school
UPDATE: 19/Jan/2017

The review from before is invalid because I like this more than I did before.

This book was okay but I think didn't like it as much because it is a children's book. One thing I really don’t like it when the narrator of the book spoils it. He’s telling and story and then says what's going to happen much later in the book and it kind of ruins it.
Richard Denney
Mar 23, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it
4 STARS!!!


Aunt Josephine is the definition of a whack job. I think Meryl Streep portrayed her PERFECTLY in the movie and I had fun imagining her as Aunt Josephine in the book. It was awesome. Mr. Poe is still a dumb ass and I'm waiting for Violet or Klaus to pop off at him soon. I want one of them to scream their head off at him just once because he is just UGHHH!!! Count Olaf is such an asshole, I really want the children to turn the tables and come up with plan to exact some Kill Bill revenge
Jan 20, 2017 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2017, childrens
Not as good as the first two for me. I didn't enjoy this story as much although the storytelling was up to its usual standard. I'm also getting kind of tired of pretty much the same thing happening in each book. I'm sure it's going to keep that format for the foreseeable future but I'm getting kind of bored of what feels like an endless loop to me. It would be nice to see something different so I'm not reading 13 versions of the same book just with different guardians and different morals to eac ...more
Vesra (When She Reads)
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Jun 26, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
I guess I will have to take a short break from this series at some point soon - don't get me wrong the stories are fun and well executed but I guess there is a pattern forming here. And yes the title should really be a bit of a giveaway however all the same it does get a bit bleak.

You can sort of guess that in each book it would appear that the orphans have found their forever home only for forces to conspire against them (or a certain Count at least) and they are thrown back in to the system an
Kate (GirlReading)
Jan 14, 2017 Kate (GirlReading) rated it really liked it

(But equally kind of addictive?)

Once again this was such a fun read!! Although? I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first two books, simply because it felt a little too similar and repetitive. I'm intrigued to see what the rest of the series has in store. I'm hoping that the storyline will start to differ slightly to the first three, as so far the basic underlying plot has had pretty much the same stru
Feb 23, 2016 C.W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Didn’t like this one as much as the second - the story wasn’t as fun and Count Olaf wasn’t as interesting. It was particularly messed up at times, but Lemony Snicket’s humor remains completely on point. I chuckled quite a bit at this one.
Alexis Rodrigue
Jan 15, 2017 Alexis Rodrigue rated it really liked it
This one is my favorite so far. This one just felt considerably darker and I'm not sure why. As an adult, I liked that.
Rebecca McNutt
I didn't like The Wide Window as much as the first two books, but it's still a great story, really worth reading, full of dark fantasy and humor and fantastically gothic imagery.
Apr 03, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
Gloomy, mysterious and charming! I adore his writing style! No happy ending is such a nice concept :)
Jan 13, 2015 SuperHeroQwimm rated it liked it
This felt really anti-climactic. Also, in the first and second book when Sunny's random sounds were "translated" I found it charming, but now I find it irritating. I don't know if it happened more often in this book or if it just grew out of it's charm, but man it annoys me.
Andrew Greatbatch
Mar 09, 2015 Andrew Greatbatch rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This one was a let down, seeing as I enjoyed the first two so much more.
Asma Akhi
Jan 18, 2017 Asma Akhi rated it it was ok
উফ!!! মি. পো আর আনট জোসেফিন এতত বিরকতির! ...more
Matthew Hunter
The Wide Window's the strongest installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events thus far. There's humor:
There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational--or, in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don't. For instance, the Baudelaire orphans have a fear of Count Olaf, which makes perfect sense, because he is an evil man who wants to destroy them. But if they were afraid of lemon meringue pie, this would be an irrational fear, because lemon meringue pie is delicious and has neve
Plínio Mendes
Jul 31, 2016 Plínio Mendes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*Talvez o meu preferido da série até agora!*

“... as três crianças tinham umas às outras, e poderiam consolar-se e apoiar-se no decorrer de suas vidas infelizes. E embora isso não bastasse para fazê-las se sentir inteiramente seguras, ou inteiramente felizes, fez com que se sentissem gratas.”

A cada capítulo dessa saga dos Baudelaire, eu os admiro mais. É brilhante como o narrador consegue fazer com que o leitor se apegue pelos personagens e sofra com eles em poucas páginas.
Acho que nesse volume,
Jan 12, 2017 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Review to come!
J.M. Storin
Oct 14, 2016 J.M. Storin rated it it was amazing
I just love these. Couldn't stand Aunt Josephine of course but loved the setting and the clues! Such fun children's reads.
Sep 09, 2016 Jaksen rated it really liked it
Another quick, great, funny, weird read.

In this story the Baudelaire children are sent to live with a distant relative, Aunt Josephine, who is afraid of EVERYTHING. You name it, stoves, telephones, doormats, doorknobs, and who keeps tin cans under every window in her house-atop-a-spindly-hill overlooking Lake Lachrymose so that if anyone breaks in she will hear them making a tinny racket. The children, as always, are suffering - yet resourceful! Violet the inventor, Klaus the researcher-non-par,
Nov 05, 2012 Tfitoby rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The third in the series of books that are so far identical in plot if not content.

The Baudelaire children but escape the clutches of Count Olaf via a house on a hill, an unpleasant fast food chain, a lake filled with rabid leeches and an evil pirate only this time there's nobody as pleasant and interesting as Uncle Monty as an additional character and instead the rather dull Aunt Josephine who is scared of everything.

I liked this the least of the three so far, which certainly accounts for the ge
Drew The Reviewer
Feb 23, 2016 Drew The Reviewer rated it really liked it
The Wide Window is such an improvement to this series. The first two books are kind of mediocre and I didn't really have much of an opinion on the plot. But in this book, the plot felt much larger than ever before.

The setting in The Wide Window is what really improved the entire series. The characters are sent off to live in a house overlooking a lake filled with deadly leeches, which become a major part of the story later on. A hurricane is approaching the town and everything about the setting
Jennifer Morrill
Feb 11, 2009 Jennifer Morrill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does it count as reading when you listen to the audio version?

Tim Curry isn't reading this version. Instead we get the author "Lemony Snicket", aka Daniel Handler. He's quite nasaly and not as cool to listen to than Tim Curry.

The story is still good and intriguing. So far we like the series and my girls beg for it to be on in the car. We are on the Miserable Mill now, and still stuck with Lemony Snicket's voice (at least in the movie we got Jude Law!) I looked it up and we are back to Tim Curry
Apr 11, 2016 Nadine rated it it was amazing
"There are few sights sadder than a ruined book."

The Wide Window is an absolute joy to read. Aunt Josephine is hilarious, but only because of Snicket's amazing writing. If it weren't for his writing Aunt Josephine would be annoying rather than amusing.

Overall, The Wide Window is one of my favorite books in the series simply because of how funny andl over the top Aunt Josephine is! And you can't blame her because realtors ARE scary!

Full series review:
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I am thoroughly enjoying the series. These are seriously the funniest books I have ever read in my life -- the tone is just so hilarious, even though, ironically, the story is very dark. Count Olaf scares the crap out of me. So do the carnivorous leeches. *shudder* But anyway, awesome books!! Unfortunately I only own the first three (or my little sister does, actually -- i stole them. tee hee.) Now I'll have to swallow my pride and go check the rest of them out of the library. Ah well. IT'S WORT ...more
Ullie Kathlyn
May 05, 2016 Ullie Kathlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2016
Agora só faltam 10! Uhuuul! /o/
Achei esse o mais emocionante até agora! Fiquei ligadona, coração quase saindo pela boca e quando vi, acabou. Tia Josephine é sem dúvidas a pessoa/personagem mais insuportável que já vi na vida! E também não aguento mais o Sr. Poe, morro de aflição quando os órfãos tentam falar com ele e ele simplesmente caga. ARRRGH!!
Simbora pro próximo!
Jun 09, 2016 Abriana rated it really liked it
This is one that I remember really vividly from when I was a kid. Is it sad I think I might be enjoying these more as an adult, though?
Marnie  Krüger
Dec 20, 2015 Marnie Krüger rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
One of the best decisions I've ever made was getting these audio books!
Jun 19, 2016 Yaprak rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
The moral of World War One is "Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand." kjsknxjsksks
Alexis Drake
Oct 29, 2015 Alexis Drake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gli orfani Baudelaire, dopo aver perso la loro casa e i loro genitori in un incendio e aver perso anche lo zio Monty tragicamente, sono ora sulle sponde del Lago Lacrimoso per vivere insieme alla zia Josephine.
Zia Josephine ha perso da poco suo marito Ike, e ha paura di tutto. Non accende il riscaldamento per paura che scoppi il termosifone, non accende i fornelli e fa mangiare loro solo cibi freddi, non usa nemmeno il telefono per paura di prendere la scossa.
Ha il terrore persino degli ag
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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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