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A Series of Unfortunate Events (6) - Book the Sixth - The Ersatz Elevator [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Lemony Snicket , Tim Curry
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20 Aug 2007 A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 6)

It’s still not too late to change your mind about reading this information. Stop looking now. Please.

Dear Customer,
Like the previous CDs in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in this narration but misery, despair and discomfort. This time, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway and parsley soda.
I have sworn to record these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to listen to something else instead you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.
With all due respect, Lemony Snicket


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (20 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007157134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007157136
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 937,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“Is there a gleam of hope for the orphans and their new friends? Most certainly not. The only thing we can really count on are more gloriously gloomy adventures.” Karin Snelson, Amazon.com

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Dear Customer,
Like the previous CDs in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in this narration but misery, despair and discomfort. This time, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway and parsley soda.
I have sworn to record these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to listen to something else instead you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.
With all due respect, Lemony Snicket


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens 3 Jan 2005
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Just when you thought that Lemony Snicket was running out of steam he delivers the best yet in the Series of Unforunate Events. Truth be told, all the tales of various woe were starting to get a tiny bit repetitive, though they were largely redeemed by Snicket's entertaining style of stroytelling. But the Ersatz Elevator gives new hope that he'll be able to spin this out for the full thirteen.
The basics: this is the 6th book in the story of the Baudelaire orphans: Violet, Klaus and Sunny. The death of their parents in a mysterious fire has thrown them into the path of the nefarious Count Olaf, who is determined to get his hands on their enormous fortune. So far so good, but what distinguishes the Ersatz Elevator is the emergence of what may appear to be a subplot but is actually the intrigue that underlines all of the novels: the secret of VFD. This adds another dimension of interest to the book, which is also richly populated with a new set of characters and the kind of bizarre humour in which Snicket revels.
All the old devices are there: the definitions of vocabulary, the literary references, the hidden jokes and secrets: all of which will keep adults as well as children entertained. The plot is pacy and uncomplicated, and while the story seems the stuff of fairy-tales, Lemony Snicket's dry, dead-pan irony and skewed perspective is deliciously dark. The most enjoyable yet in a highly enjoyable selection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This book was very entertaining and also well written. A truely great book for kids alike. It don't have any major complaints about this book except for stalling the good bits in the book. It was like Lemony was biding time to save something or other. I also was displeased at the end of the book when Jerome Squalor, the Baudelaires new guardian decides to abandon them on a account of the the displeasure of argumentive conversations. He leaves them without clothes or any other form of neccisity which I find very discomforting. But all in all this book will provide you with much excitement and wonder.
PS : Violet, Klaus and Sunny will never be free of upseting lifestyles but maybe in the future thirteenth book things could brighten up their lives.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
When I started reading the book, it started out as all of the storys in the past had: Mr. Poe taking the childeren to their new home and the poor kids ending up misererable.But as I read, the story took a strange new twist that was so fun and myserious, I had my eyes glued to the pages for two hours straight. I couldn't get enough of it and soon after I picked up the book, I couldn't put it down. The strange adventures of the three Baudilaire childeren had transported me to another world where I was one of the Baudilaires and I had to go thruogh the exact same things they went through. This book, (provided you read all the other books in the series before number six) is a definate must read. I would definatley reccomend this book most to childeren nine through twelve who enjoy mystery and fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book in series 19 July 2008
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
I personly think this is the best book in the sereis so ingnore Lemony Snickets warning. After having a miserable a Prufrock prep in the Austere AcademyThe Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events No.5)<.The Baudelaire (i think thats how you spell it)orphans go to 667 Dark Avenue to live with Mr and Mrs Squalor only to find Count Olaf found them again. This book has more of a sense of mystery with a bit less misery and more of the "element of suprise" Thosewho like bieng more miserable shoud skip to the the vile villageThe Vile Village #7 (Series of Unfortunate Events) but if not get htis book now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 29 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I am ten years old and I cant see why people think that this series of books is to unfortunate for us to read.
you are certainly not unfortunate if you pick up this book of a shelf.
yes, it is true that not one happy thing happens in this book but does that really matter.
I couldn't put the book down .
every second your waiting for something good to happen next but it never does.
I would recommend this book to advanced readers and to anyone who doesn't mind an unhappy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good quality! 4 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
I really loved the book. It arrived much more earlier than the due date. The quality was excellent than i expected :D thankyou
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snicket's Twisty book 24 Nov 2009
By Kopa
Format:Hardcover
This book you want to buy, has so many twists i cannot count. When the Baudilare orphans go from their school to a hotel on a dark, dark street, they know this couldn't be a perfect home. After climbing the stairs which seemed to take forever, they meet the cheerfull Jerome, oh, and Esme.

Esme is obsessed about whats "In," which would be parsley soda, pinstriped suits, orphans and the dark. Despite their new foster mother they love Jerome, and he loves them. He wants to buy the children everything they desire, tools, books and biting materials. But then something happens, and when they turn to Esme, somthing else happens. Huge twists. And the Baudilares end up in catacombs, trying to find a way out, and see a blast from the past............

Can they save their friends? Can they tell Jerome all about his wife? Will Count Olaf or "Gunther" get away?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure literary heavan! 25 Jan 2005
Format:Hardcover
It's probably a tie-up as to which book is the best in the series, The Ersatz Elevator or The Hostile Hospital. Well, for m it's probably the ersatz elevator which is enthralling from the start with Snickett's usual mysterious yet hilarious style! It's so good i've read it about 10 times and now, I think I'll read it again!
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