The Miserable Mill

The Miserable Mill

Audiobook CD - 2001
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Accidents, evil plots, and general misfortune abound when, in their continuing search for a home, the Beaudelaire orphans are sent to live and work in a sinister lumber mill
Publisher: HarperCollins, p2001
ISBN: 9780060566180
Branch Call Number: JCD JF Snic
Characteristics: 3 sound discs (3 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 09, 2017

The poor Baudelaire orphans have been transferred again. This time, however, they are handed over to a lumbermill to work for their keep. It was decided that this was best for them since the lumbermill operater & their new guardian, Sir, was deemed to be the best person to keep Count Olaf away from them. But as we've discovered in the previous 3 books, Count Olaf will go to any lengths in order to secure guardianship of Violet, Klaus, & Sunny. This time, he disguises himself as a sweet, single receptionist LADY named Shirley that would love nothing more than to adopt 3 orphan children to make her family complete. Violet finds herself working alone on this case though. Klaus has been hypnotized by the evil Doctor Orwell who is in cahoots with Count Olaf. While under hypnosis, Dr Orwell & Count Olaf are able to use Kraus to do their terrible bidding. Thanks to Violet's incredibe abilities, she eventually breaks Klaus' state of hypnosis & reveals the true identity of "Shirley". During this dramatic event, a truly unfortunate event takes place in that somebody dies in a gruesome accident inside the lumbermill. The 3 orphans are safe once again, but only until they arrive at their next "home".

I didn't enjoy the setting or plot of this book as much as I have the other 3 so far. I thought it was creative to take away the help of one of the 3 orphans by use of hypnosis, but that's one of the things I've enjoyed about the stories thus far: Violet & Klaus (& Sunny) working together, using their individual strengths to form an unstoppable team. In lieu of having Klaus, Violet finds a friend in Charles, Sir's partner, & a very kind-hearted young man. It is nice to see a sweet character introduced into the mix once in a while. Although the last to guardians were admittedly nice people, they were also naive to the real situation. Charles seemed to be open to believing what Violet was laying out as the truth about Shirley. I hope to see more characters like this introduced in books #5 & beyond.

Age recommendation: 10 & up (terrible living conditions for minor children, gruesome death (although the book does not go into the gory details))

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 6 stars.

DCPL_Maggie Nov 09, 2016

With each book not only does the sneering Count Olaf become more sinister, the Baudelaire Orphans become more complex and clever. Loved reading these as a child and am very much enjoying visiting them again now.

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 09, 2017

Other: terrible living conditions for minor children

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 09, 2017

Violence: gruesome death (although the book does not go into the gory details)

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jandt_mcmurray
Nov 09, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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