I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.
I loved much of the language and description of the magical elements of the circus, but the best thing about the book was the narrator.
I found the story very hard to follow as an audiobook, especially because I tend to listen to audiobooks in 1-hour segments, every day or so, not in long periods of listening. The frequent time jumps were very confusing, especially in the beginning. I finally downloaded a sample of Night Circus to my nook, which included the table of contents and referred to that when I got lost in the chapter time changes.
He is just a wonderful narrator who made the characters come alive. The story would have been terribly flat without his flair for accents and innuendo that permeated the dialogue.
The romance was not nearly as intense as I think it should/could have been to be credible. Maybe it was just too long coming, but I felt that billing this as a romance was a misnomer for most of the book. Overall, the book did drag a bit.
I'll be careful when buying audiobooks in the future to consider the factor of timing -- is the action sequential or does it hop around?
Right at the top
A little vbit Hungar Games, a lit bit Harry Potter - but what a love story
all of them - Jim Dale is great just like he was in Harry Potter
Very good book - keeps you listening from the beginning and of course Jim Dale does the reading
Speed up the action.
This was my first.
Jim Dale is wonderful, but even he has only so many voices. Sometimes I thought I was listening to Harry & Hermoine.
I can see a teen movie w/ typical teen stars.
A good story. Alittle too slow ... too ... drawn ... out.
Mystery, relationships, applying oneself completely
So many layers and surprises
Ice garden tent maybe...too many to choose from.
Very unusual and worthwhile read/listen
This was a great book! I didn't know anything about it, so the entire story came as a surprise. I thought the story itself was "magical" and the narrator was excellent (I have often been disappointed by narrators being drab, and made me lose interest in the story). I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy mixed in with a little romance!
I didn't read the print version.
This is an all around good book. It's a fun story and well narrated. I have since recommended it to friends.
I love Audiobooks. I listen to roughly 50-100 hours a month. It's a good thing I work for Audible!
Jim Dale is just an amazing reader. I enjoy almost every book he reads.
I like the twins. They are the only ones that seem to have any sense of humor or life or color. All the other characters are fairly one-dimensional.
Its not the best ever, but solid. Hard to compare anything to his performances on the Harry Potter books.
There were a number. For a first novel, this is a very, very well written book.
The descriptions are very rich, but Morgenstern goes overboard at times and the descriptions seem to impede the action and plot progression. It got to be a little frustrating.
S. J. Swan
Yes, I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but then as the story unfolded, I had to know what was going on.
I don't know what to compare it too.
I have never listened to this narrator before, but I think he did a good job.
It didn't inspire me. It was more of just entertainment.
If you want a great atmospheric novel about a circus - try 'Water for Elephants.' If you want a story about magic there's Harry Potter. But if you're looking for a messy and strangely boring combination of those rolled up with hints of Roald Dahl and some unfortunate similarity to Susanna Clarke's 'Johathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' then this is your book. It's certainly more mash-up than original novel.
And one other observation: Jim Dale's performance in the Harry Potter audio books was excellent, but he is the wrong reader here. I believe that in a conscious effort not to reuse HP voices he ended up with a set of voices that were both uninteresting and too similar to each other. And in any case. I think 'The Night Circus' might have benefited from a female reader.