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.
Actual overall rating is 3.5 stars. There were aspects of The Night Circus that charmed - the prose is lovely. There were aspects that were lacking - I felt that the characters weren't quite fully developed. I didn't care about them as I think the author intended. I found the descriptions of the circus enchanting - fully realized and amazing. Somehow that world building didn't make it to the people who inhabited it as thoroughly. And I found the vagueness of the challenge frustrating. Generally, I like the book, though I think time might diminish my enjoyment of it some.
Jim Dale was a good narrator, but there are other narrators who are better as character voices. His pacing is excellent, though.
Coffee addict with a bad attitude.
In case anyone was wondering if they should read/listen to this book...
Yes. This book is going to be bought in hardcover and reread once a year. The writing is the prose equivalent of watching Juliette Binoche cook in Chocolat - heady, and clever, and magical, spinning out paragraphs you want to savor.
And if you can't handle sitting down to read, then you should get the audiobook and let Jim Dale's voice make you shiver every time Celia and Marco talk to each other.
Yes More life like!
Its so unique sort of hard to say
No but I want to now.
All of them they were all so real, the narrators really made them come to life
I absolutely loved this book I actually read the print version and then decide to "re-read" and download the audio book and I am so glad I did!
This is a book full of fantasy and imagination while still being grounded in reality, sort of! It is such a great book and definitely worth the credit to try it out. When it was over I found myself so sad because it had ended and I wanted more, but completely satisfied with the outcome.