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A Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital

A Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital

Written by Lemony Snicket

Narrated by Tim Curry


A Series of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital

Written by Lemony Snicket

Narrated by Tim Curry

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4/5 (129 ratings)
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4 hours
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Released:
Sep 21, 2004
ISBN:
9780060793401
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Description

Dear Listener,

This audio is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful audios in the world.

There are many pleasant things to listen to, but this audio contains not one of them. Within it are such gruesome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to hear about such things.

something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 21, 2004
ISBN:
9780060793401
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Lemony Snickett is the author of several unpleasant stories, including those in the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Lump of Coal.

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  • (5/5)
    This series has dark humor, interesting characters, and a compelling storyline -- both a completed one within each book and then an overarching throughline within the whole series. I read them all in quick fashion several years ago, so this review lacks any more specifics than that.
  • (5/5)
    These books just get more and more interesting! The first few books followed the same sort of formula and it became a little repetitive.
    But in the "Ersatz Elevator" and onward, you started to learn more about the children's backstory, and the conspiracy behind the fire that burned down their house.
    I cannot wait to read the next one and learn more.
    Loved it :D
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book at lot more than I did the previous instalment. While the Baudelaires don't seem to be any closer to discovering what the VFD is, this book felt as though it set them in the correct direction. The discovery of the existence of a McGuffin that could prove their innocence (and incriminate Olaf) added some fresh tension to the plot, giving the siblings a clear goal for the next instalment.This book was also refreshingly different to the others in structure. It is the first to not feature the plot device of Mr Poe and so the children had a lot more freedom of movement. Like the Miserable Mill, it also served the purpose of dividing the siblings to show how individually brilliant they could be - this time allowing Klaus the spotlight as he tried to rescue Violet from Olaf's henchmen.It was also the first book that really introduced moral ambiguity, with the Baudelaires reflecting on how they would sometimes have to do "villainous" things in order to survive. I felt that this added an interestingly bleak facet to the story, as previously the children have been overwhelmingly kind to the people they meet (even when they don't deserve it). The idea that they may have to behave more like Olaf to survive is intriguing, and I'm curious to see what role it will play going forward.
  • (4/5)
    Scary surgery!
  • (4/5)
    Good story, but not great writing. I like this book.
  • (1/5)
    Lemony Snicket really does know how to make a story sound like 1st person.
  • (5/5)
    Love it huhu goood book good goood good good fun
  • (5/5)
    Why so much fire?!
  • (4/5)
    The Baudelaires go from the frying pan into the fire. The tension mounts.
  • (4/5)
    This is a very sweet volume in the story, because the orphans have a lot of sweet moments. Aside from that, of course, there's a lot of tragedy.The Baudelaire Orphans grapple with the possibility of turning into a villain, and they get separated and have to rescue each other and then face the possibility of being separated again and it's all just very cool. Plus, Klaus is just AWESOME in the operating theater scene. Love that guy. Plus, Sunny is always AWESOME.We get even more scattered and useless information about VFD and the Baudelaire fire.
  • (3/5)
    The Baudelaire orphans are on the run from angry villagers who believe them to be murderers, and so they take refuge in the nearest building: a half-built hospital. But no sooner do they discover a scrap of information about the VFD conspiracy than Count Olaf is hunting them once more.
  • (3/5)
    la la la la la.... have a heart-shaped balloon.

    The Baudelaires try to escape Count Olaf & crew by disguising themselves as ineffectual hospital volunteers... but Sunny & Klaus end up nearly being forced to perform a crainioectomy on their sister in the Operating Theater.
  • (4/5)
    Not favorite book in the series thus far, but still entertaining. I did enjoy it, just not as much as some others. I'm looking forward to see what happens in the next book. I would recommend this. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    Best book in the series, seriously. I love the hospital setting, its so unique, and the plot is utterly nuts, a really fun book to read.
  • (4/5)
    By now (if you've read this far) you know that the Baudelaire children always fall into the terrible clutches of the evil Count Olaf and his minions, that they are very resourceful, and they always manage to escape in the nick of time, which can be a bit trying on one's patience. Each situation the children find themselves in is entertaining for adult readers because of the cleverness with which Lemony Snicket pokes fun of trends both social and literary. In the eighth book, for instance, the V. F. D. (Volunteers Fighting Disease) seems to be a parody of the many organizations in the 'real' world that "fight disease" by pushing various colored ribbons. Of course, that is unfair, as those real-life organizations do raise a lot of money necessary for research to fight certain diseases, and in that way are actually fighting against the disease, but in "The Hostile Hospital" it is reduced to an absurd degree, and while the V. F. D. seem just silly to children, to the adults reading this story, it is at least a little bit entertaining on a different level. Also, for the adult (or the extremely well-read child) it is mildly amusing to find among the patients at the hospital a certain Bernard Rieux of the Plague Ward, Cynthia Vane with a toothache, Clarissa Dalloway, who doesn't seem to have much wrong with her and Emma Bovary who is suffering from food poisoning. Most intriguing are the hints that our narrator/author is part of the 'plot' in more than one way. There is mention of the "Snicket fires" and something about an eye tattoo on his ankle. The underlying story is now beginning to take precedence and converging on the Baudelaires' story. Can't wait to find out how it all ends.
  • (3/5)
    These books aren't really my cup o tea, but my parents really like them, so I'll read through to the end. I think my issue is that I don't like it when bad things happen to characters, which is all that happens in this series ... so ...
  • (5/5)
    each book gets better, more suspenseful, more intriguing as the reader is drawn further into the mysteries and world.
  • (3/5)
    What more can I say about this series that I haven't already? So The Hostile Hospital was certainly one of the better book in the series so far. What I liked most about it was that Klaus and Sunny had to fend for themselves for a time. It changed the dynamics and forced Sunny to engage in more dialogue—more Sunny dialogue is always a plus.Otherwise, it was much of the same antics and absurdities told in a fun way. After eight books, I can confidently say I do not love this series. Yet, I cannot help but need to continue to read them. My kids, on the other hand, have absolutely loved them.A Series of Unfortunate Events:The Bad Beginning3.1The Reptile Room3.2The Wide Window3.6The Miserable Mill - 3.3 The Austere Academy - 3.4The Ersatz Elevator - 3.3The Vile Village - 3.1The Hostile Hospital - 3.4
  • (2/5)
    I liked this book a little less than the other Series of Unfortunate Events books. This one was an even faster read (I read it in about 2.5 hours vs the 4-6 the previous books took) and seemed to lack the depth and layering of elements that the previous books have had. It furthered the main story, but it seemed like it held less as its own story. Although I did get a tickle from seeing Haruki Murakami's name, since I've got The Wind-up Bird Chronicle sitting on my kitchen table waiting for my attention.
  • (4/5)
    This was a great book for foreshadowing. I was really interested to see what would happen next and attempting to make predictions.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book and I am eager to see how this story ends. This series manages to remain gripping despite the fact that in each book Count Olaf is after the children.
  • (5/5)
    The Baudelaire orphans experience new difficulties as they find themselves in morally ambiguous situations and confronted with hostile mobs. A strong book with some powerful satire. Excellently read by Tim Curry.
  • (4/5)
    The books manage to be fresh and hold my interest even though only the details and clever use of words is all that changes.
  • (5/5)
    this book is a stroy that has been continued about the Baudlures and the their problems with a caritor name Count Oler this a great book because it has kidnapping, fire and muder.
  • (5/5)
    This is such a thrilling book. I can't believe that it's only the eighth in the series and yet so much is to be untold. Many things happen; as in a character almost getting their head chopped off which made me wanna keep reading.
  • (4/5)
    This is my favorite book of the series. It is very suspenseful and Violet has her greatest idea yet in it. i recommend to children who like the series.
  • (5/5)
    A book where Violet almost gets 'accidently' killed in a opperation.
  • (4/5)
    I must say, what a dreadful hospital! It's only fitting for the plight of our poor orphans.Oh, I'm sorry, you caught me thinking out loud. As long you're not "certain people," and after you catch me thinking out loud, you don't put me in a holding cell filled with flesh-eating lemurs, then I suppose you're allowed to catching me thinking out loud every once in a while. Though, if I'm really thinking out loud, why do I hear a typewriter? Do you suppose somebody is transcribing us talking right now? I suppose it may just be the old pipes clattering about above us, or the machine gun shooting range above that.Did you read The Hostile Hospital yet? It's Mr. Snicket's account of the poor Baudelaire orphans, who really haven't had a break since their parents died in that miserable fire. This time, after fleeing the Village of Fowl Devotees, still the accused murderers of Count Olaf, who was not actually dead at the time, they find their only refuge: the Heimlich Hospital, which was only half a hospital, as there was an unfinished wing in which those poor orphans waited out the night each night during their stay.But every cloud has a silver lining, right? I mean, they did learn a valuable secret, but at the same time came upon an even more mysterious mystery to go along with the other mysteries they have encountered.And that cloud's silver lining attracted the only creature that would be so greedy as to seek out the silver linings of clouds, Count Olaf. I was so terrified when he and his accomplices came to the hospital and made matters worse for the orphans.I certainly hope that those orphans have found their rest. Or at least a lull in the terrible events that plague them.You haven't read it yet? Well, I would definitely recommend you do, provided you have read the preceding seven tomes happening before this one. You will probably be disappointed, but it will not be because of Mr. Snicket's writing. But what is life without a little disappointment? I suppose it's "enjoyable," but that is beyond the point.Now, if you'll excuse me, I must figure out what that rattling noise is...
  • (3/5)
    Ah, the poor Baudelaires go from bad to worse. Their series of horrible guardians seems cushy compared to their current fugitive status. Snicket adds a nice twist in this installment, but I'm still frustrated by the otherwise-brilliant Baudelaire's inability to put the VFD pieces together. Still, I'm glad to see them learning from their previous misfortunes and taking their fate into their hands.
  • (4/5)
    This is the eighth eviscerating episode in the lives of the Baudelaire children. The Baudelaire's narrowly escape a police net and fall in with some hippy's who give them a ride to the Heimlich Hospital. The Baudelaire's become much more proactive in this book trying to improve their situation, not counting on others to fix things for them. Another good book in the series and if you have made it through the last 7 books I'm sure you'll also hate the Horrible Hostile Hospital.