During grade 8, I took it as my personal mission to read all thirteen books in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
I absolutely loved it.
Everyday I would happily trade my outdoor lunch break to sit in the comfort of the library and devour each book in this series, one by one.
Lemony Snicket’s writing style is so engaging, and this amplified when you listen to the audiobooks which are exceptionally narrated by Tim Curry.
With this in mind here, I’ve compiled a chronological list of A Series of Unfortunate Events audiobooks that you can listen to on the go.
Whether you’ve already read the series - like me - and you just want a refresher; or you’re exploring the series for the first time, I’m excited for you and hope you enjoy these audiobooks!
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Here are all 13 audiobooks in A Series of Unfortunate Events:
This multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to life in a unique way.
You'll be introduced to a range of peculiar details such as a tragic fire, a nefarious villain, itchy clothing, and cold porridge for breakfast.
Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, so this shocking and slightly upsetting series begins!
=> Listen to "The Bad Beginning": get the free audiobook here.
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent, charming, and resourceful children who always seem to find themselves in the most unfortunate of circumstances.
In this audiobook, follow along as the three children encounter a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.
=> Listen to "The Reptile Room": get the free audiobook here.
"I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story." - Lemony Snicket
The next story in this series includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny.
=> Listen to "The Wide Window": get the free audiobook here.
In this audiobook, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.
The story unfolds with such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.
=> Listen to "The Miserable Mill": get the free audiobook here.
The three Baudelaire orphans warily approach their new home, Prufrock Preparatory School a.k.a. The Austere Academy.
There they behold an enormous stone arch bearing the school's motto: Memento Mori or "Remember you will die."
This gruesome greeting leaves a subtle message about the events that are to follow. This series of books that started with The Bad Beginning is only getting worse!
In their most daring misadventure yet, the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by a ridiculously rich couple who live in a mysterious penthouse apartment.
The sixth audiobook in A Series of Unfortunate Events involves a darkened staircase, a red herring, an auction, parsley soda, some friends in a dire situation, a secret passageway, and pinstripe suits.
=> Listen to " The Ersatz Elevator": get the free audiobook here.
"You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down." - Lemony Snicket
This particular audiobook about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire records each dismal and dreadful moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D.
You'll encounter such matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats.
=> Listen to " The Vile Village": get the free audiobook here.
The Baudelaires need a safe place to stay - away from terrible villains and local police - so they arrive at Heimlich Hospital.
Hospitals are supposed to be a place of warm attention and compassionate care... but not this one.
The eight audiobook in this series involves a misleading newspaper headline, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire.
=> Listen to "The Hostile Hospital": get the free audiobook here.
This next story in this unbearable series takes place at the Carnivorous Carnival - a place of wonders, unworldly spectacles, and strange happenings...
For the Baudelaire orphans, their time at the carnival turns out to be even more disastrous than all of their previous experiences. The siblings must confront a terrible lie, a caravan, and Chabo the wolf baby.
=> Listen to "The Carnivorous Carnival": get the free audiobook here.
Like handshakes or housepets, many things are preferable when not slippery.
Unfortunately, in the tenth audiobook, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey through the Mortmain Mountains.
Expect to encounter a particularly secret message, a swarm of snow gnats, a scheming villain, a covered casserole dish, and a surprising survivor of a terrible fire.
=> Listen to "The Slippery Slope": get the free audiobook here.
In The Grim Grotto, the Baudelaires literally descend into the depths of despair and discover more about mysteries surrounding their parents' death and the VFD organization.
This story involves mushrooms, a desperate search for something lost, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing. Things are about to get very dark, and possibly quite damp...
=> Listen to "The Grim Grotto": get the free audiobook here.
"If this is the first book you found while searching for a book to read next, then the first thing you should know is that this next-to-last book is what you should put down first." - Lemony Snicket
Very little is known about the twelfth audiobook in this alarming series. What we do know is that: things only get worse, Count Olaf is still evil, the Baudelaire orphans do not win a contest, and the title begins with the word "The".
As they say, ignorance is bliss.
=> Listen to "The Penultimate Peril": get the free audiobook here.
And now, for the moment you've patiently been waiting for.
Like an off-key violin concert, the Roman Empire, or food poisoning, all things must come to an end. Thankfully, this also includes this long-lasting series of unfortunate events.
The thirteenth and final audiobook will answer such burning questions as: Will Count Olaf prevail? Will the Baudelaires survive? Will the series end happily? If there's nothing out there, what was that noise?
=> Listen to "The End": get the free audiobook here.
As you can see, there's so much to discover or rediscover as you listen to the audiobooks in A Series of Unfortunate Events. It's a series that certainly transports you to a completely different world.
Listening to the above audiobooks can be a great way to relax, as long as you can withstand the tragic, terrifying, and twisting turns that Lemony Snicket takes us all through!
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