This book series was a lot of fun. Count Olaf was quite the character.
I listened to the audiobooks back in '04 when I needed cheering up after putting my doberman of 10 years to sleep. I recommend the audiobook versions for the awesome Gothic Archies and Tim Curry's voicework.
I did find my childhood lisp returned [only for a bit thankfully] after listening to Lemony Snickett himself do parts of the book.
I named my sun conure after the youngest Baudelaire, Sunny.
Now my middle niece is named Violet.