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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket AudioBook CD
Read by Tim Curry
The novel starts with a dedication to a mysterious Beatrice, whom Snicket talks of as "darling, dearest, dead". The author after that provides a brief explanation of why the book should not be browse, before describing the series' protagonists: Violet Baudelaire, a 14-year old amateur inventor; Klaus Baudelaire, a 12-year old which really likes to see, and Sunny Baudelaire, an infant with unusually powerful teeth.
The Baudelaire girls and boys produce remaining the unspecified city in which they live to spend the day at the lonely Briny Beach. While experiencing the solitude, their parents' inept banker, Arthur Poe, arrives to inform them that their mother and father have both died in a fire that has destroyed their mansion and all of the possessions leaving him as executor of the Baudelaire estate.
The Baudelaires briefly enjoy with Mr. Poe and his spouse, Polly, posting a room with their ill-behaved children Edgar and Albert. All three Baudelaires are miserable and dislike their situation, but Mr. Poe shortly informs them that, in accordance with their parent's will (which requests that the children be cared for "in one particular convenient way possible"), he has located a distant uncle, Count Olaf, who lives within the city restrictions and is prepared to become the children's legal guardian.
In the auto ride to Olaf's house, Mr. Poe explains to the Baudelaires that while Olaf is titularly a count, he is also a professional stage actor. After the auto arrives in Olaf's neighborhood, the chits are greeted by the kindly Justice Strauss, a judge on the High Court. After Violet errors her for Olaf's wife, however, Strauss hastily explains that she ian exclusively a neighbor, and directs the children and Mr. Poe to the squalid and betowered house that is Olaf's; created on the front door is the image of a glaring eye.
The kids soon learn that Olaf has only accepted their guardianship under the mistaken belief that he will receive their vast heritage (which has been set apart until Violet turns 18). Olaf is sinister, self-absorbed, and unhygienic; he bears a tattoo of the glaring eye on his left foot and a distinctive unibrow. When the count finds out that he will not receive the Baudelaire fortune, he rather quickly drops all pretenses of friendliness toward the children. Every evening Count Olaf leaves to work with his theater troupe, posting a list of frequently demeaning chores which the kids must perform before his return home. Although the house is definitely roomy, the orphans tend to be given only one room and one bed. These are typically purely forbidden to enter Olaf's tower study, and are supplied with no belongings.
Eventually Olaf informs the children by method of the chore listing that his 10-man theatre troupe will be coming over in the night, when the Baudelaires must serve dinner. Having no suitable supplies to make a meal for ten, your children shell out the time with Justice Strauss searching for foods to make spaghetti alla puttanesca and chocolate pudding. That evening Olaf arrives with his theatre troupe, a motley crew which includes a guy with hooks for hands, a bald-headed men with a long nose, two women with white-powdered people, and one who can be so fat as to resemble neither a man nor a woman. The count and his troupe openly discuss his intentions to embezzle the children's inheritance, and Olaf becomes outraged when he learns the youngsters have not prepared roast beef. When Klaus protests, Olaf slaps him and holds Sunny, but calms down and allows the children to serve the puttanesca.
The following day the Baudelaires set out to find Mr. Poe, which works at Mulctuary Money control, and report Olaf's abuse. Poe explains that Olaf is acting in loco parentis, and can raise them as he sees fit. The next morning, Olaf stays late to speak with the Baudelaires. He explains that Mr. Poe labeled him to manage the children's concerns, and that as a first-time mother or father, he/she happens to be unsure how to connect with them. Olaf informs the youngsters, to their dismay, that they will become performing with his theater troupe in their upcoming production The Marvelous Marriage.
Convinced that the performance is a scheme to steal their fortune, Klaus spends the day researching inheritance law in Justice Strauss's private library. His research is interrupted by the hook-handed dude, unfortunately, whom takes him back to Olaf's house. Klaus manages to grab a book on marriage legislation before he/she is taken away. Throughout the night he/she sees that a 14-year-old may get married with guardian consent, and realizes that Olaf plans to legally marry Violet within the great Marriage and in now doing form a concurrent property, giving him unlimited access to their fortune. The afterwards day Klaus heads out early to confront Olaf because of the evidence; the count confirms Klaus's concept and informs him that Sunny has been kidnapped on his behest and is being hung in a birdcage from the tower study window, to be dropped the moment he or his sister does not comply.
That day Violet efforts to visit Sunny, but finds the door to the tower protected by the associate which looks like neither a guy nor a woman. Throughout the day she builds a grappling connect to scale the tower. When she reaches the top, however, she is met by the hook-handed man, which locks her in the uppermost room of the tower and brings Klaus to join her. Along the three children wait out the night in anticipation of the Marvelous Marriage performance.
The Marvelous Marriage itself aids minimal other purpose than as a vehicle for the wedding ceremony and is part Olaf's little strategy that he is preparing which had been planned by him to write the portray under the term "Al Funcoot" and is Olaf's anagram. Justice Strauss is procured for the function of the officiator (hence ensuring it is a legal ceremony), and Violet plays the function of the bride. Klaus is given a character with no lines, while Sunny continues to be locked within the birdcage under the hook-handed man's supervision. Every attempt the kids make to speak to Strauss or Mr. Poe (who has started to see the performance) is interrupted by Olaf. After the occasion comes for Violet to sign the wedding ceremony deal, she makes a best effort to annul the marriage by signing the record with her left hand rather than her right. (The law required the record to be finalized in the bride's "own hand".)
Because fast as the contract has been signed, Olaf announces that the performance is over, and that Violet happens to be legally his wife. Mr. Poe, Justice Strauss, and many audience customers object, but finally Strauss concludes that the ceremony has been legal. To Olaf's dismay, however, Violet informs Strauss that she has signed the document with the incorrect give, and the judge agrees that this is not in compliance with the laws, making the ceremony annulled. Olaf orders the hook-handed man to drop their infant sister, but Sunny and the assistant have already arrived onstage. Mr. Poe attempts to arrest Olaf, but among the assistants turns the house lights off. Within the darkness and ensuing confusion, exclusive Violet in her processed wedding ceremony gown is readily visible. Before he and his troupe escapes, Olaf finds Violet in the dark and promises the lady that he will get their fortune if it's the last thing he does.
When order is definitely restored, Mr. Poe calls the police, but only Olaf's getaway car is found. Justice Strauss offers to choose the Baudelaires, but Poe objects, observing that their parents' will instructs the children be raised by a relative. In compliance with the law, Strauss offers the kids good-bye and leaves them in the care of Mr. Poe.
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket AudioBook CD unabridged