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A Series of Unfortunate Events #13: The End [Kindle Edition]

Lemony Snicket , Brett Helquist , Michael Kupperman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Like an off-key violin concert, the Roman Empire, or food poisoning, all things must come to an end. Thankfully, this includes A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The thirteenth and final installment in the groundbreaking series will answer readers' most burning questions: Will Count Olaf prevail? Will the Baudelaires survive? Will the series end happily? If there's nothing out there, what was that noise?

Then again, why trouble yourself with unfortunate resolutions? Avoid the thirteenth and final book of Lemony Snicket's international bestselling series and you'll never have to know what happens.

Ages 10+

From the Author

The end has neared - and my secret revealed...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1862 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (13 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VYX8SQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.

Mr Snicket first received his education from public schools and private tutors, and then vice versa. Early in life, he learned to reupholster furniture, a skill that turned out to be far more important than anyone imagined. He has been hailed as a brilliant scholar, discredited as a brilliant fraud and mistaken for a much taller man on several occasions.
A studied expert in rhetorical analysis, Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Recently, he had to give up his hobbies due to laws regarding musical performances in mountainous terrain.

Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. Mr Snicket is the author of quite a few books, all dreadful, and has been falsely accused of many crimes, all falsely. Once the recipient of several distinguished rewards, he is now an escapee of several indistinguishable prisons. He is widely regarded as one of the most difficult children's authors to capture and imprison. There are thirteen books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events, which should be avoided at all costs.

To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. Lemony Snicket's extended family, if they were alive, would describe him as a distinguished scholar, an amateur connoisseur, and an outright gentleman. Unfortunately this description has been challenged of late, but Egmont Press continues to support his research and writing on the lives of the Baudelaire orphans. As he continues with his investigation, interest in the Baudelaire case has increased. So has his horror.

Until recently, he was presumed to be 'presumed dead'. Instead, this 'presumed' presumption wasn't disproved not to be incorrect. Most things written about him are not true, but this is. More miserable news about Mr Snicket and his dreadful books can be found at www.unfortunateevents.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The End-A 13 year old's thoughts 18 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
Hmmm....cryptic. Having read all 13 books I found the last one to be the same high standard that all the previous 12 were. Although most questions were answered it still leaves loose ends. Unlikely though it may be, there could be another book. The book left me thinking about all its predecessors and thinking that it seems almost real, that V.F.D, Count Olaf and everything else could exist. On another note, this is definitely not the place to start for first time readers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Unresolved Series... 17 Aug 2007
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
The previous book `The Penultimate Peril' awarded loyal readers of the Series of Unfortunate Events at last some small advancement and explanation of the greater themes of this series. Admittedly these were very small indeed and raised countless questions in response to the answers provided, but it was still a welcome change of pace and I enjoyed that book more than I had any of the ones that came before it in quite some time. If anything I had expected an even greater number of revelations in `The End', so many in fact that they would be tumbling over each other, rushing past one another and vying for the attention of the reader with every page, but in comparison to the previous book, `The End' is a title quite light on revelations for a large portion of the story.

But even more disappointingly...this story is depressingly weak, or at least it's so familiar in plot and standard set-up to the early books of this series that after 250 pages of the same-old, same-old with only one meagre revelation to sustain me, I was actually hoping that `The End' wasn't the end, but was in fact only the beginning of the end and that there might be another book as yet unpublished entitled `The Epilogue' that would offer me the closure I craved even though I firmly believed that thirteen titles was more than enough in this series to be getting on with, at least in my lifetime (*that's an ode to Lemony Snicket whose list-making-mania and constant-cataloguing-of-minutia and rampant-repetitiveness actually surpasses itself in this final tale!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loose Ends Leave Readers Infuriated 10 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
Well, I have read all of the thirteen books in the series and each had it's own certain special element except "The End" This is supposed to be the end of the series and supply the honest stream of answers that we have all hungrily awaited from The Bad Beginning to The End, but alas it isn't. I believe that to get further towards the answer you may have to purchase The Beatrice Letters. I have just done so and hopefully that will tie up at least a few more loose ends. Maybe not but I would like to think so. Perhaps J.K. Rowling will have more luck in providing a more satisfactory ending to her series (as mentioned in one of the earlier reviews)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The End? You could have fooled me... 30 Dec 2006
By Art
Format:Hardcover
I have read all 13 of the Lemony Snicket books, and although 4, 7, 9, 11 and 12 were pretty dull, they always seemed worth it because you could feel some huge payoff lurking just out of sight. Some unifying fact tying the Baudelaires, the Snickets, the Quagmires, the fires, all the different VFDs, the sugarbowl, the questionmark on the radar screen etc. Instead it is very clear that Daniel Handler had not planned the story from the start. He desperately struggles to explain bits and bobs (not very convincingly), and then just writes everything else off using "the great unknown". Seriously, the most disappointing ending to any mystery (the equvalent would be if Agatha Christie had left one of her crimes unsolved) and made all the worse as it spanned not just one, but thirteen novels.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It won't plase everyone, but ... 13 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
'The End', the 13th and final book in ASOUF, definitely won't please everyone, but that still doesn't mean it's a bad book. When readers have stuck with a series over several years, it is almost rude of the author not to give a satisfactory conclusion. Every reader will have their own opinions as to whether or not 'The End' actually does this - if you expect answers to every question, you may be in for a disappointment. That said, the ending keeps within the overall tone of the series, and while some may argue that there are loose threads, a lot is explained as well. To say anymore would spoil the book, so I'd encourage you to read it yourself and make your own mind up. Either way, a series which has consistenly surprised, entertained and delighted over the course of several years has now come to an end. Any faults that can be found are only slight ones. Thank you, Mr Snicket, for thirteen extraordinary novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting but... 21 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book, just as unfortunate as the others in the series and full of terrible and mysterious things. There is no knowing what evil things Count Olaf can do with the Mycelium Meducoid and what secrets lie on a mysterious island.

I loved this book, but I couldn't help but feel a little unsatisfied at all the things left unexplained. We only find out what happened to Kit Sniket and Count Olaf with the Baudelaires sailing away in the end.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of the end, or the end of the beginning? 30 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
Or indeed the beginning of the end? Let's face it there are myriad of alternative positions we could be in and as Lemony Snickett correctly ascertains that in reality we are only a fragment of a timeline, the story has been going on long before we were involved and will go on long after we finish reading but lets face it, that's not what concerns us right now; Violet, Claus & Sunny are stranded on the Carmelita with Count Olaf, not a great place to be right now, especially after considering what is in the diving helmet he has...

The newly named "Count Olaf" (the boat that is) is drifting in the infinite space that is the ocean when it comes apparent that a storm is coming. A large storm. Straight at them... I won't bore you with the details (and ruin a perfectly good section of the book) but the Baudelaire family are washed up on an island, a superficial perfect island that is far more than it seems...

I didn't realise quite how attached I had become to this serious. 13 books is a long time to keep a story interesting and it is done with skill not usually associated with a children's writer. I for one was convinced that he had gone too far down the road of the family's woes and that redemption in the final book would be a cop out but I can gleefully report that I feel he has got the ending about spot on. It's not exactly what I would call "happy" it's just...

Correct.

There that is about all I want to say on the subject. The book feels like the right ending the series, the major criticism I would have is that I feel he has left it a little too late to challenge our ideas on morality, I loved the way he did it in The End I just wish he had done it earlier on in the series but that is no need to criticise this book. If you have read the other 12 you are going to read this and if you haven't, start at the beginning and in this instance the beginning really is number 1.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled
Emaculate book ... U read ... Perfect condition and arrived in 2 days ... Very pleased
Published 12 days ago by Mauvewood
5.0 out of 5 stars A series of great books
I chose 5 star because this book really puts an end to the Baudelaire orphans and is a great. book in itself.
Published 1 month ago by lizzybeth31
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
the grandchildren thought it great.
Published 1 month ago by mary cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Amazing although some mysteries still need to be revealed it was a great conclusion. If you are reading this on a kindle make sure you read the last chapter at the back, chapter... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Basra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love the book,very interesting and a good ending to series of unfortunate events, definitely worth reading. however too expensive especially as for kindle reader
Published 5 months ago by dominika
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant books
This was a gift for my son. He was an avid reader of these books. He tried to get me into them but after watching the film, I didn't think it was necessary.
Published 5 months ago by Ms G McLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars Many unresolved questions, but that doesn't make it bad
I feel that the other reviews miss the point of this book somewhat. Yes, in terms of revelations of the secrets and mysteries that have been set up, it is incredibly disappointing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Millman
5.0 out of 5 stars ASOUE: The End
This book is quite confusing for people who have not read the full series. I enjoy this book immensely and thank Leo for showing me the series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Soul
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for a friend
This book was ordered for a girl of 11 years. She really enjoyed it as she has read all the other books in the series.
Published 8 months ago by Chris Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever
Lemony snicket is a good author and his books are brilliant this is the last book of his series of unfortunate events books ,so read from the first book otherwise it will not make... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ella fraser
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