If your imagination starts getting rusty, its time to step into a fabulous story of magic, love and mystery. Really enjoyed this. Could have used more twins..
Story - starts off great, long drawn out parts, ends good
Reader - the reason I downloaded this book!! Best reader ever
Recommend - Yes, to someone who needs a decent length book to kill time
I have gotten lost in this book. It's a delightful adventure, full of lush pictures of a magical world. And then it begins to disintegrate. Great read!
I really wanted to love this book. The premise was intriguing and I love Jim Dale. It was trying to be Water for Elephants meets Harry Potter, but it just didn't succeed. The moving back and forth between years just didn't work (and I loved Time Traveler's Wife). There seemed to be so much of the story that just didn't get fleshed out, and it ended without a whole lot of resolution. I think the main thing it was missing was a really good editor.
I love fantasy and magic in fiction and expected to like this book but gave up on finishing it about halfway through. Most of the book is spent on descriptions of the appearance of characters, what characters think about the appearance of other characters, and the physical setting of the circus. It's enchanting at first but gets old and repeptitive fast.
Ancient Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor
Reminiscent of Jonathan Strange & Mister Norrell. You need to pay attention to the dates because you're bounced around a bit. Erin Morgenstern builds a compelling world within a world and Jim Dale does a fantastic job of narration. He gives voice and character to the people populating the novel and went above and beyond expectations. Great listening. I may buy the book and read it in order to appreciate the timeline more fully. The ending was a bit of a comedown, but the high tension level throughout may have more to do with that feeling than any real shortcoming.
I simply loved this book, and Jim Dale is a master stroke as well. The world of the book was painted with such a delicate brush I saw each jaw dropping moment.
Ah, this might have been a great story, but it was hard to tell from the dead, flat tone of the narrator. The only time he showed any spirit was when narrating the voices of children. Blechhh.
... it's a place of magical delights and both the writing and the narration give you the experience of being there. OK OK ... sometimes the story seemed to forget where it was and got lost in its love of its details ... and OK OK ... sometimes you could see the author imagining which actress was playing Celia ..
But if you are drawn to this type of novel, you will not regret buying this one.