The performance and overarching storyline were perfection. Dark and magical in the right doses. The non-linear layout did make listening more difficult, but it couldn't have started or ended better. Make sure to devote your attention when you listen. The details are SO important!
Yes, the story was told and written very well.
Celia was my favorite. She was a strong female character.
No, this was my first time.
The magic of the night circus is unlike any other.
This is a great story with new ideas. The author created a rich mysterious world. However, the ending was weak. It was obvious that the author was too attached to the characters. She took an extremely long time developing the characters and setting the stage for a great conflict then just let the climax fall. Still a good listen. The performance of the narrator was good. Some of the character voices seemed to be the same or too similar. He made Marco sound like an old man rather than a seductive magician.
I enjoyed the twins the most. I think because Jim Dale's character voice for them seem more rich and distinct than the others.
I loved listening to this. The story is a little convoluted but it's worth sticking with--the flashbacks and flash forwards eventually tease out a charming narrative, and Jim Dale's narration is of course fantastic.
I have listened several times. It is densely layered with character, imagery and ideas. Well worth returning to.
Too many interesting characters to pick just one.
The best of narrators for this kind of story. He brings the same clarity and character evocation as he did to the Harry Potter books. A real treat.
A big, rambling and mysterious journey. An adventure. And delicious.
I am only familiar with the audio edition.
Tsusiko. The moment she is introduced to the story a flair of mischief mystery is introduced. She seems both wise and distant and adds the perfect amount of thoughtfulness to the plot.
It's hard to pick just one scene. Any time a different tent in the circus was described I was mesmerized.
Chandresh, who started off with hosting midnight dinners, had a flair and torment of the soul that reflected the underpinning conflicts of the Night Circus.
Deep, thoughtful, literary fiction—old, new, sci-fi, whatever—is my thing.
There's magic in the world and Eric Morgenstern and Jim Dale have captured it.
One of my "hidden talents" is always knowing what is going to happen next, but this book was full of anticipation for me! Which almost never happens! The writing is gorgeous, painting such vivid pictures in your head. I have listened over and over. And I am not generally a re-reader of fiction. I love The Night Circus.
If Anne Shirley could have conceived a story of a magical circus, I imagine she would have placed someone named Cordilia in a circus just like this one... The Night Circus is not "Anne of Green Gables" or Harry Potter.... but you love the characters in The Night Circus the same way. Or atleast I do....
I always love Jim Dale. He did such an excellent job on the Harry Potter books, and there are were so many characters, I sometimes have a hard time hearing new character's voices in other books he's read without hearing "A little Luna mixed with Mrs. Wheasley"for example. But this book I was able to get lost in, enjoying his voice and the story.
I wouldn't rename it.
This magical book allows you to escape into it, and then sigh with both satisfaction and disappointment when you are finished. Satisfaction for a well told story in a world you want to stay in, and disappointment because the circus tent has come down and you must go back home.
Unfortunately, I didn't read the print version. However, I feel like Jim Dale added so much with his narration, I would have a hard time reading the print version now.
There are such beautiful descriptions of characters and scenes and circus tents, it's hard to pick just one that stands out. I loved the description of the tent he made for her with the paper animals.
Again - so hard to pick just one. I loved the dinner guests, especially the contortionist and Madame Pardfour (excuse my poor spelling - I didn't see it written). The clock maker and the boy from Massachusetts - it really is hard to zero in on my favorite.
Probably Chandresh. He seemed to have the most interesting history and the most interesting experience. He seemed richly described and like he would be a wonderful dinner companion. Of course, I would much prefer to be a guest at one of the late night dinner parties instead of out at a restaurant with him.
I was hesitant to wade into audiobook fiction but after listening to The Night Circus, I am so glad I made the jump. The book was whimsical, magical, and all around delightful.