The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins, 1999); audiobook read by Tim Curry (Harper Audio, 2004) As with fairy tales, the children’s circumstances and the characterisations are taken to unnatural extremes. Tim Curry’s (and cast’s) audiobook reading exacerbates this remove from reality. The piecemeal in-text defining of words is merely condescension masquerading as education, which grows quickly tedious.
Rocky Horror: From Concept to Cult by Scott Michaels & David Evans (Sanctuary, 2002) An invaluable historical record, albeit of specialist interest, documenting the Rocky Horror (Picture) Show via a series of eclectic, perambulating interviews. Of the cornucopia of major and minor players tracked down from on-stage, on-set and behind-the-scenes, only Tim Curry is notably absent.