The Wide Window

The Wide Window

Streaming Audiobook - 2004
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Dear Listener, I am sorry to say that the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and the one you are holding may be the worst of them all. If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this audio will probably fill you with despair. I also shouldn't mention the interactive features of the CD, which include: A perplexing word game Photos from The Lemony Snicket Archives Art from The Brett Helquist gallery I will continue to record these tragic tales for that is what I do. You should decide for yourself if you can possibly endure this miserable story. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2004.
Edition: Abridged.
ISBN: 9780060793456
0060793457
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (3hr., 06 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Snicket, Lemony
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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 02, 2017

Part 3 of the sad, ongoing saga of the 3 Baudelaire orphans: Violet, Klaus, & Sunny. Things haven't worked out in their first 2 placements with relatives Count Olaf or with Uncle Monty. Count Olaf was the terrible relative that they finally escaped his home in book 1. But that wasn't the end of their confrontation with the Count. He would be the cause of Uncle Monty's death in an effort to have the children placed back in his care so he could get his hands on the childrens' fortune. Once again Count Olaf's plans were foiled, & the children were placed in the home of a different family member, Aunt Josephine. Like the placement with Uncle Monty, it was only a matter of time before Count Olaf would find them & set in motion a new scheme to get Aunt Josephine out of the way & take possession of the children. But once again, Count Olaf's plans were bested by the resourceful Baudelaire children. With Aunt Josephine now being leech food, where will the children be placed next? On to book 4.

Aunt Josephine, like Uncle Monty, had a good heart. She seemed to care about the children. However, I found her quite annoying with all of her grammar corrections & crazy fears. I am enjoying the craftiness of the Baudelaire children as they continue to have to come up with higher-level resolutions to their troubles. So far, Mr Poe has been a constant character in each of the books although not a main character. Regardless, I can hardly stand him. He is a terrible advocate for the children, still not trusting their judgement of people even after they have correctly identified Count Olaf in 2 separate disguises. It takes a special level of "inattention to detail" to be the far out of the loop ALL OF THE TIME! I'm hoping he gets wise somewhere in the future. I was a bit disappointed that Tim Curry was not the narrator this time. I will be looking for other editions of this & the upcoming books to see if he narrates any of them, making sure to choose his versions.

Age recommendation: 10 & up

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

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jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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