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Publisher's Summary

This is a very, very sad story. The characters suffer terrible tragedies. People die in unspeakable ways. Only a truly horrible person would be amused by their misfortune.

Nevertheless, it is kind of funny.

My advice is that you listen to this all by yourself. People can be judgy. 

If you’re a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Edward Scissorhands, or the darkest bits of Roald Dahl, the Weirdie triplets - Barnacle, Garlic, and Melancholy - will feel like old friends. After being left behind when the entire estate of Deadeye Manor is packed up for a doomed vacation cruise, the triplets have to learn how to fend for themselves. (When a staff of 200 servants has taken care of your every need, even brushing your own teeth is a mountainous task.) From their time at the Our Lady of the Perpetual Side-Eye Orphanage to their adoptive home on picture-perfect Sunshine Circle, the Weirdies have a lot to learn about the world...but, at least, they have each other. 

©2020 Michael Buckley (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator

Michael Buckley is the NY Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series and the Nerds series, as well as the YA trilogy Undertow. His latest adventure is Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox. Before writing for children, Buckley worked in television as the co-creator, executive producer, and writer of the CN series, Robotomy. He was also a stand up comic, pasta maker, and lead singer in a punk rock band. You can find him on Instagram at @whatsupbuckley and at www.michaelbuckleywrites.com (http://www.michaelbuckleywrites.com/).

About the Performer

Academy Award winning actress, Kate Winslet has brought to life some of cinema’s most captivating and memorable roles. Her resumé consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate Winslet’s talent and solidify her a permanent place in cinema history. Winslet can currently be seen starring in Francis Lee’s Ammonite, for which she was awarded TIFF's Tribute Actor Award. Upcoming, she will be seen in the HBO series Mare Of Easttown. Previous film credits include The Reader (for which she won the Oscar), Revolutionary Road, Titanic, Heavenly Creatures, Sense And Sensibility, Hamlet, Hideous Kinky, Holy Smoke, Enigma, The Life Of David Gale, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, All The King’s Men, Flushed Away, The Holiday, Little Children, Contagion, Carnage, Labor Day, Divergent, Insurgent, A Little Chaos, The Dressmaker, Triple Nine, Collateral Beauty, The Mountain Between Us, and Wonder Wheel.

Interview: Kate Winslet Has Fun With the Dark Humor of 'The Weirdies'

'...where I'm able to be that voice for other parents' children makes me so incredibly happy...'
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Hysterical and dark!!!

This is hilarious, dark, and goes places you never thought it would. Kate Winslet is the perfect person to narrate this troubling yet absolutely hysterical story! I kept thinking of it like a Tim Burton movie.

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Fantastic! Made my Day! Hillariously Funny!

This story line was fantastic. It's a story of Love and Family. The Weirdie kids found someone to love them and Emily found love with the children. Kate is an awesome narrator. It is super funny. I tried not to laugh too loud!

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Very funny and dark—delightful!

This is a mashup between “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “The Willoughbys,” and “The Addams Family.” In fact, I wish it deviated more from the style and plots of those works, but the quality of the story makes up for it. Like another reviewer said, it’s perfect for fans of Roald Dahl. The writing is clever, and Kate Winslet does an outstanding job as narrator. It took me a couple chapters to get into it, but once in, I was hooked. Just as funny for adults (and maybe more so)!

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Excellent!

This is a great story for a laugh. Michael Buckley writes a hilarious story about the Weirdies, triplets who cause mayhem, terror, and occasional instances of insanity.

Kate Winslet does a great job of narrating and voicing the various characters. Her voices for the Weirdies are unique and add to the humor of the story.

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It's so Weird

Short read but very enjoyable.
The narrator Kate Winslet did an amazing job with the characters, I really like what she did.

This is an interesting book, it dark but funny. It does remind me of Roald Dahl books that has that thing that you know it's for kids but their is a thin line between kid friendly and dangerous. These characters could easily be related to the Addams Family. I had a good time just imagining these kids.

The story does run smoothly and its comical which I like and creepy. I could read a whole book on this family.

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A delight

If you enjoy dark humor and a story that makes you giggle this is the perfect fit!

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This needs to be made into a movie!!

I loved everything about this book! The story would make a great plot for an animation movie. Kate Winslet did an awesome job as a narrator.

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wonderful fun!

Excellent!!! Loved Kate Winslet . someone should make a children 's film out of tjis story.

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A weird (in a good way) story

I had to start it and restart it a couple of times—it was a bit hard to sort of “get into it.” However, it is so unique, with a super weird humor but funny anyways, and a captivating narration. Really enjoyed it.

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Wonderfully Weird

for all those who love an adams family like story this is your book. I enjoyed this start to finish this book is for those who dont fit in to every house looks the same every child is the same.

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  • 08-12-21

Best story ever! (say 3 children!)

Ages 11, 9 & 7 plus their parents loved it. So much better than Walliams!

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  • 06-20-21

Loved it

Weird and hilarious. Kept the whole family amused on our drive today! The characters and plot were unique and fun.

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  • 10-31-21

꧁ A bit weird but rather entertain𝕚𝕟𝕘 ꧂

𝕀 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕥𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕤 𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕙𝕠𝕨 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕕 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕘𝕙 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕨𝕖𝕚𝕣𝕕 . 𝕀 𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕘𝕙𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕣𝕥 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕒 𝕓𝕚𝕥 𝕓𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕘𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕒 𝕓𝕚𝕥 𝕟𝕠𝕣𝕞𝕒𝕝.
𝕄𝕦𝕞 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕕𝕒𝕕 𝕕𝕚𝕖𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕨𝕖𝕟𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕝𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕒 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕞𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 .
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  • 10-29-21

Very funny!

We listened to this on a car journey, kept both kids (7 and 9) amused, had a chuckle at some of the dark humour myself!

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  • J. C. Toole
  • 09-23-22

Wacky!

I wasn’t sure of this but I really enjoyed it - Kate Winslet is superb. Very Addams family with a bit of Dahl. Worth a listen.

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  • 09-11-22

Great but short

This story is great it’s dark but not scary (for oldish kids not for young children) but it ish quite short.It’s 1 hr 40 mins and i know that’s the length of a movie but it’s so good it feel like 30 mins I love this book and definitely recommend but if your looking for something long and lengthy to get your moneys worth of a book you can get it but it is short!!

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  • J. E. Ashley
  • 08-29-22

Brilliant story and narration.

My DS (9.5) and DS (7.5) both loved this story with all its weirdness and quirky moments. If children are particularly sensitive then they might not enjoy it but ours know dark humour quite well. We also loved Kate Winslets narration (we really enjoyed her version of Roald Dahls Matilda too), her accents and voices are great as usual!

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  • 08-14-22

Wyrdly weird...

The narration was brilliant, characters interesting, and it was a bit (read VERY) weird!!!🤪☀️🤐. T

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  • Martin
  • 08-11-22

Very odd

This is a strange book.. I listened with my 11yr old nephew and both of us struggled to see where the plot was going.
The initial premise is quite fun but the trials experienced by the relatively normal social worker are just too strange to really get into any sort of story. We assume that there is more character development in the next book and perhaps things settle down but sadly neither of us are interested in finding out.
I can’t recommend this book as we felt the story was weak and really very odd. Kate reading the book was good and as she is quite animated in her voice, I feel that this is not a book suitable for bedtime reading.

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  • spraggpie
  • 07-30-22

Brilliant

Oh this is just brilliant. It’s deliciously hilarious & fabulously weird. Kate Winslet is brilliant as the narrator. Definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-22

we loved it

the kids and I loved it so much we so need to get our hands on more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-22

oddly delightfully funny

Kate Winslwt's narrating was wonderful, she did a great job at the different voices. Very enjoyable listen to a clever and different story.

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  • Anne Gamble
  • 12-11-21

I LOVE IT!

A well written book that is clever, funny, and wonderfully read. I'd definitely recommend this book.

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  • Deirdre E Siegel
  • 10-09-21

I loved it :-)

Brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable giggle, guffaw, chortle and snort book for all ages, probably a good read aloud for extraordinary grandparents with imaginative explanation theories.
Really really looking forward to a book two.
Kate Winslett is an excellent narrator :-)
More please Michael :-)