I’m listening to A Series of Unfortunate Events straight through (library willing) for the first time since the series ended, and have got to The Miserable Mill, which is the first one I ever listened to, ten years ago now. Tim Curry is an absolutely fantastic reader, especially when he brings subtext to the surface or finds the comedy in dialogue, and he makes Count Olaf genuinely horrifying. But there is something so charming about the books Daniel Handler reads himself; I can’t stop grinning and occasionally gurgling in delight.
He seems to lean further and further back from the mic through the course of reading the book, but leans in close to say ‘Chapter Thirteen’ in a hushed, horrified voice. Listening to it on headphones (especially good headphones) is like he suddenly invades your personal space to speak right in your ear. Effective, but … yaah.