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

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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
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Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published February 2nd 2000)
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Jason Koivu
Oct 04, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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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
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Richard Denney
Mar 23, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 STARS!!!

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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
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C.W.
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.
Kristina
Apr 03, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gloomy, mysterious and charming! I adore his writing style! No happy ending is such a nice concept :)
Darth Andrew
This one was a let down, seeing as I enjoyed the first two so much more.
SuperHeroQwimm
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.
Tanja
Jun 01, 2016 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, read-2016
Das ursprüngliche Zuhause dieser Rezension ist der WortWelten-Blog:
http://wort-welten.blogspot.de/


Zusammenfassung:

Nach dem heimtückischen Mord an Onkel Monty, muss Mr. Poe wieder einmal einen neuen Vormund für Violet, Sunny und Klaus finden. Seine Wahl fällt auf die verwitwete Tante Josephine, die in einem waghalsigen Haus hoch über dem Seufzersee wohnt. Dort hat sie sogar Angst vor ihrem eigenen Herd, was dazu führt, dass sie den Kindern mit Vorliebe kalte Gurkensuppe serviert. Und überhaupt h
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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
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Drew The Reviewer
Feb 23, 2016 Drew The Reviewer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tfitoby
Nov 05, 2012 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Nadine
Apr 11, 2016 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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: https://todaysechos.wordpress.com/201...
Rinda Elwakil
أحسن قصص السلسلة حتي الآن

قصص الأطفال جميلة يا جماعة، جدا :)
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
Alexis Drake
Oct 29, 2015 Alexis Drake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,75/5
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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Ullie Kathlyn
May 05, 2016 Ullie Kathlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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!
T4ncr3d1
In leggera ripresa dopo un secondo episodio esile e stiracchiato. Il canovaccio narrativo è sempre lo stesso, se non altro la vicenda di zia Josephine, della sua strampalata casetta e del Lago Lacrimoso mi ha divertito. O forse è solo per il ricordo della performance di Meryl Streep nel film.
Nathan
May 19, 2016 Nathan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads, books-i-own
With each book the children seem to get more and more clever and every adult seems to become more and more dimwitted. The struggle is real for the poor Baudelaires.
Yaprak Eken
Jun 19, 2016 Yaprak Eken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
The moral of World War One is "Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand." kjsknxjsksks
Lauren R.
Not my favorite one so far, which is not surprising. I think I remember disliking this one back in the day. Aunt Josephine is terrible, Mr. Poe is a moron who really should start trusting these kids, and Count Olaf is obviously the worst of all. Even though these are short, I always feel like the "climax" of the story happens too early, like halfway through, and wonder how it can possibly continue for another hour in the audiobook. I'm usually proven wrong because, of course, things have to get ...more
Kirsty
Jun 20, 2016 Kirsty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in The Series of Unfortunate Events, and sadly my least favourite of the collection so far. This review won't contain any spoilers for this book, but it may spoil the previous two books, so only read this review if you have read at least the first two books in the series. I never read this series as a child, so my reviews focus more on my experiences reading these books for the first time ever, as an adult.

This story continues on shortly after from where the previous book
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Natt BookEuphoria
My second favorite installment so far. My favorite thing is that I feel like as the books progress the storyline becomes more complex and mature. I loved the momentums of this book and how it should that you can do anything if you really want to. Aunt Josephine is a really ridiculous and selfish person in my opinion. No comment on Count Olaf, just no comment for this despicable person. The action in this book really caught on its game.
5 out 5 stars
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Genre:
Young Adult
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsesion?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: yes
Rating: 4 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 9
World Building: 8
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: 9
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
Gave me a few laughs
Worst Part: eh.
Thoughts Had: sheesh.; WOW; that olaf!!

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
yes
Recommending: yes

Short Review: I love this series. and the audio book is the way to go. I really like this one, the Aunt they go live with kills me
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Steven
May 18, 2013 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I, like dear Aunt Josephine, am usually a grammar nazi. Luckily for me, I don't live in fear of practically everything and I live nowhere near a sad lake full of flesh-eating leeches. :)
Carla Stafford
Dec 08, 2015 Carla Stafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lemony Snicket series: Tale of Unfortunate Events are often touted for their vocabulary, as well as for their historical and literary allusions. Beyond that, they have that magical quality that children's books so often possess of simultaneously conveying amusement , excitement, cleverness, hopefulness, and desperate sadness. The third installment, The Wide Window, is my least favorite of the three I have read thus far. Even though the Baudelaire orphans are growing increasingly more resourc ...more
Marnie  Krüger
Dec 20, 2015 Marnie Krüger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
One of the best decisions I've ever made was getting these audio books!
Juliet
May 19, 2016 Juliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel in the series seemed to me to emphasise the theme of the arrogance of adults over children. There were several times in the story that the children seemed to have become completely disillusioned with what Aunt Josephine was actually like, most prominently when they were trying to convince her to leave Curdled Cave and come home with them:

"[The Baudelaires] understood that Aunt Josephine was more concerned with grammatical mistakes than with saving the lives of three children. They und
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Ian
Feb 23, 2014 Ian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I despise this book. I despise them all. Reading them made me so mad and depressed, and reading reviews of them just amplifies those feelings. People adore these books. They list them among their favorite books of all time. Kids and adults alike love them and say they're great. So I don't quite know what they're missing. I feel it's my duty and responsibility to reveal these books for what they are. But I'll probably undergo a serious case of angst and start questioning myself and my motives nea

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Amanda
Jan 26, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this is a children's series, but I am LOVING it! This is the third book in which Daniel Handler writes under the pen name of Lemony Snicket in A Series of Unfortunate Events. The story is sad, as 3 orphans continue to find misfortune as they try to find a happy home after their parents died in a fire. Throughout the series, they are fleeing from Count Olaf, who is seeking their fortune.

I love Snicket(Handler)'s writing style. Who writes this on the back cover?

Dear Reader,

If you have not
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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 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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  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)
  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)

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