The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
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The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

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If you have chosen to listen to this audio for pleasure, I advise you to put it down instantaneously, because of all the audios describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest.

This recording contains such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head sh...more
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Published June 1st 2003 by Harper Children's Audio (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jennifer
Apr 25, 2007 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids and adults who think like them
Lemony Snicket is fun, it's terribly depressing and highly entertaining. All the books make me feel like I'm 12 again, and I curl up on the couch, laughing out loud and eating gummy bears.
Georgina Ortiz
Favorite insight: It is much, much worse to receive bad news through the written word than by somebody simply telling you, and I'm sure you understand why. When somebody simply tells you bad news, you hear it once, and that's the end of it. But when bad news is written down, whether in a letter or a newspaper or on your arm in felt tip pen, each time you read it, you feel as if you are receiving the news again and again.
Jason Koivu
Miserable indeed. Unfortunately this book in A Series of Unfortunate Events takes its title too literally. I enjoyed the first book and love the concept of put-upon children succeeding with no foreseeable hope on the horizon. However, the execution is too formulaic, mill-like if you will. I can put up with the repetition, because the author's bits of wit keep it fun, but this had less wit and more formula than the first three.




Larissa
I'm not sure I have adequate words to describe my reaction to this book.

I think I need more time to digest. I feel like I stepped out of the Twilight Zone, and I'm suffering from a rare form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

EDIT: I have now changed my final rating to three stars. After reading book 5, it's become clear to me that the pacing and tone of this book is far too irrepressibly dreary, even for an unhappy story like the Baudelaire's. It felt a lot like being battered by a particularly...more
Kat Thomas
As a series these books are incredible. The formulaic plot that is repeated in every book satisfies the child who is being read to's expectation of what's going on, right and wrong and the band of simple characters.

Where the books become really clever is the additional bits of plot woven into the anecdotes, dedications and acknowledgments, written for the older reader, whether parents reading aloud or older children.

The humour is clever, beautifully insightful and infinitely quotable. Type Lem...more
Stewart
These are really pretty crappy books. The jokey self-referential writing (which was already tiresome by the end of the first book) is just irritating after the umpteenth repetition, the characters are unsympathetic (in the case of the main characters), one-dimensional (everyone else), or obnoxious (the narrator), and the plot repetitive and predictable. It's a good thing I'm a devoted dad and if my son wants me to read these to him at bedtime, I'll grit my teeth and read 'em. But I don't have to...more
Elliot
The Miserable Mill is one of the weaker novels in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Its position in the series partially explains why. The first three books each could conceivably be read as individual, somewhat self-contained episodes in Baudelaire's misfortunes. They were each incredibly brief and they followed a similar formula. The orphans were brought to their new guardian, they realized that Count Olaf was fooling the stupid adults around them and devising some mysterious plot to steal their...more
Nicholas Karpuk
This book literally sat in a pile of items ready for a trip to the used book store. I read the first three books belonging to Lemony Snickets series, and while I find the prose and humor deeply amusing, and Dahl-style sensibility enjoyable, the formula began to wear on me by the end of the third book.

Fortunately for me, a review of children's entertainment worth adult reading sited this series and said that it strayed away from the formula in the later books. Since virtually any of these books t...more
Lis
Me encantan estos libros.

Creo que con este entendí el mensaje que les deja este libro a los chicos más chicos. Pienso que todos los nenes deberían leer esta serie, porque en ella siempre, siempre, los Baudelaire usan las bibliotecas como refugio, los libros como salvación y las palabras como arma.

Siempre que llegan a un lugar horrible como todos los que pisaron hasta ahora en la serie, la biblioteca es lo único que los hace sentirse seguros. Y siempre que el Conde Olaf aparece para hacerles al...more
Barbara ★
The Baudelaire orphans are extremely rich and Count Olaf (a complete stranger) wants that money! He will do anything to make this happen as the orphans have found out in the last three books. In this episode, he tricks the child welfare guy, Mr. Poe into leaving the kids at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill where they must toil from dawn til dusk for their bread...er gum. (Yes they get gum for lunch and coupons for pay and a disgusting casserole for dinner.)

Violet, being the inventor, is always able t...more
Teresa B
This "woe-filled" collection of thirteen books about the tribulations of three unusually talented orphans will keep adults entertained as well as children. When I first saw the series I thought, "That looks too depressing," but soon I discovered the hilarity in overabundant alliteration, contemptible villains, and idiotic bystanders.

As the series progresses and the mysteries deepen, the children's characters grow and develop in surprising ways as togehter they face obstacles and a growing numbe...more
Julesmarie
This one took a decided turn to the dark. Not that the story's been all sunshine and rainbows up until this point, but even in the midst of unhappy circumstances, the first three books still managed to be fun, entertaining, and frequently hilarious in a snarky-sarcastic way. This book was just... dark.

I think a good bit of what made me so uncomfortable about this one is (view spoiler)...more
Bookworm
Warning: Spoilers

Wow. So far, I haven't read the next ones in the series and even though The Wide Window is still my favorite, I really loved this one. It has the same repetitive qualities of the past books (Count Olaf in disguise, new guardian with a quality that separates them from the others, funny vocabulary lessons, ridiculously long translations of Sunny's speech, etc) but it's told in a way that I don't find annoying. It's sort of like Scooby-Doo, where every episode ends in "I would've g...more
Monique
Two things about this fourth book in the series:

(1) I only noticed, when it was mentioned in this book, how all the nice characters (not necessarily guardians) in the first three books had libraries in their houses. Justice Strauss in the first book had a huge library of law books, where Klaus was able to find the solution to their problem; Uncle Monty in the second book had a library of reptile books, and in book 3, Aunt Josephine also had a large library in her house overlooking Lachrymose La...more
Punk
Miserable Orphan Fiction. The Baudelaires are sent to work at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. The owner of the mill doesn't seem to be even slightly related to them, and no attempt is made to explain how Mr. Poe found the guy or why he decided to leave the kids there. I need my ridiculous orphan fiction to at least pretend to have some internal logic.

Outside of Lemony Snicket himself, my favorite part of these books is Count Olaf in disguise yet openly menacing the orphans while their naive but wel...more
Alyssa Miller
“The Miserable Mill” is the fourth book in “A Series Of Unfortunate Events”. This is an outstanding book written by Lemony Snicket. The Baudelaire children have once again been sent to another guardian. The children refer to their new guardian as Sir. This time the children’s odds of getting out of there alive are very slim. They were sent to work in a mill in exchange for their new guardian keeping Count Olaf away. For once, Count Olaf is not around, as far as the children can see anyways. Klau...more
Aprille
It all starts like the way it begins in the previous books, meeting their new guardian. This was around the time I started to get tired of reading the series, coz the plot and pattern is so predictable.
Andrew Casey
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James Hoch
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket is a story about the three children who fall victim to very unfortunate events.The three Baudelaire children are hunted by an evil man by the name of Count Olaf, who is determined to steal the Baudelaire fortune left for the children.

The main characters are Klaus, Violet, and Sunny. Klaus is the smartest of the three and spends his time reading books and inventing new things. Violet is the oldest of the three. Violet keeps watch over the children and tries to...more
Drew Graham
Book the Fourth! For some reason (that I still can't quite figure out), the Baudelaires are this time sent to the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, to live--and work--under the "care" of the manager of the mill known only as Sir. Count Olaf is back of course, and this time in a new and devious disguise as ever. This time around the kids have to branch out and use skills other than those they are most known for to work out their problems and save themselves from Count Olaf's nefarious schem...more
Fizzgig76
The Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are being moved again after another disastrous foster home placement following the death of their parents. Travelling to Paltryville, the children find themselves under the not-so-watchful eye of “Sir” who runs the Lucky Smells Lumbermill where they are forced to work. When Klaus glasses break, he is forced to go to Dr. Georgina Orwell who seems to hypnotize Klaus. What is Orwell’s plan for the Baudelaire children and could she be working with the...more
Leonid Musheghyan
I chose this book because I wanted to continue the series in which these books are in. This book is about the three Baudelaire children now working at a lumber mill and getting paid with coupons and gum. As always, Count Olaf, the antagonist, finds a way to disguise himself to steal the Baudelaire fortune. My favorite quote was, “I'm sure you have heard it said that appearance does not matter so much, and that it is what's on the inside that counts. This is, of course, utter nonsense, because if...more
Samuel
"The Miserable Mill"

I think that the Miserable Mill is a decent book, although I thought the second book was better. The plot goes off of The Series Of Unfortunate events, and continues the bad luck of the Baudelaire orphans. They start off getting dropped off at the Mill by Mr. Poe, and they later learn that they wouldn't be residing there, they would be working there. Eventually the story progresses when the Foreman trips Klaus, and he has to go to an eye doctor because he broke his glasses wh...more
Juushika
This time, the Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with the mysterious owner of Lucky Smells Lumbermill, who inconceivably sets them to live in the employee dormitory and begin work at the mill. But it can--and will--get worse, because Count Olaf is still on a quest to steal their fortune. A Series of Unfortunate Events has attained a standard of quality which continues in The Miserable Mill: a practiced mournful narrative, particularly delightful running jokes, and a growing cast of deceptively...more
Julie S.
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Lesley
The fourth installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events finds the Baudelaires being shipped off to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill under the instruction of their new guardian, known simply as "Sir".


The Miserable Mill is full of simply wretched happenings in the Baudelaires lives, as is the norm, including - hypnosis, fake windows, chewing gum for lunch, coupons, a library with only 3 books and the gruesome demise of a wicked person.


This book sees Count Olaf attempting cross dressing for th...more
Luca
So this book is the start to the series that wasn't made into a movie, lets do a little intro then.

In this book, yet again the 3 orphans must venture to anther mysterious guardian located near some retched smelling horseradish crops, an empty town, a food supplement of gum all day and night, a oddly familiar shaped optometrist building and a very, Miserable Mill.

This book was actually a little better for me because there was lots of suspense especially for Violet, who must... actually can't say...more
Jennasmeeks
As a whole I love this series. It'd been quite a while since I read 1-3, I picked it up again here at 4 and this is one of the more ridiculously hilarious books in the series. It says a lot that I love this series because normally, I don't like books that don't have happy endings (I know snobbish of me), but I absolutely adore this series! The author just has such a ridiculous funny sense of humor, like in this book there is a lumber mill where people are paid in coupons and chewing gum. Not to...more
Erin Ashley
The Miserable Mill wasn't one of my favourites but it still was a riviting read. I did read these books when they first came out and so I was much younger but still having just turned 19 I find myself still loving their creativity and I crave to read them all over again. The Miserable Mill was another book in the collection that exuberated misery (obviously) and disappointment. But what I do find is that the Baudelaires try to find the good in the bad and they make it so much more of an interest...more
Kelly Derse
I have been re-reading this series never feeling like I read it to the end and I have to admit I am starting to remember why. A person can only take so much injustice for these orphans.

The book stars of with "The Baudelaire orphans looked out the grimy window of the train and gazed at the gloomy blackness of the finite forest, wondering if their lives would get any better."

Every time I start these boos I wonder the same thing, which the author tells us it wont and stop reading otherwise. So hon...more
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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
More about Lemony Snicket...
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 Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5) The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)

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“I'm sure you have heard it said that appearance does not matter so much, and that it is what's on the inside that counts. This is, of course, utter nonsense, because if it were true then people who were good on this inside would would never have to comb their hair or take a bath, and the whole world would smell even worse than it already does.” 69 likes
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