I was disappointed in this book and did not understand the good reviews for it - it skips around, doesn't have a concrete plot, and did not leave me wanting to know what happened next. I usually listened to it to help me fall asleep...
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Just like the circus tent itself, a book of great imagination and unique ideas appears out of nowhere with critical acclaim. If you are a Harry Potter fan craving for more, you will really enjoy this book.
While many might compare this book to Harry Potter given the involvement of witches, magic and worlds designed by people's minds this is not a knock-off. The Night Circus paints a new world in which the characters live in elaborately designed circus tents that make Cirque Du Soleil acts seem like cheap wirework with D-rate actors.
It is in the 1800's and a magician by the name of Prospero runs a fantastical circus filled with wonder and elaborate imagery. What the guests do not know is these are real magic acts designed just well enough to make people think it is not actually real. When Prospero is visited by his unnamed friend (or foe?) they agree to start a new game.
What is the game? How are the rules played out? How long will the game take? These are things we need to figure out ourselves. When Prospero's untimely death is announced, his daughter moves to a new circus where she weaves more magic. She is part of the game. The mysterious man finds a child to adopt and finds him to this new circus. The child, now grown up is also in the game.
This was a fantastic book that reminded me of dreams I had as a child where I had magical powers and lived in crazy worlds only a kid can dream up. There is little in this book that cannot be enjoyed by parents and children alike.
That one word could suffice as the entire review, but only if you include the exclamation point. And I don't think it would meet Audible's criteria for minimum word and character count.
Rarely do you run across a story and narrator that mesh so well, but this story and this narrator are two great things that go great together...so to speak.
This is a fanastical romantic period piece. I believe that is how you will find it filed under Audible's browser tree. The romantic I can take or leave, but in this story it worked out well given there was little or no swooning or heaving bosoms. How can you go wrong?
It is late in the 19th century, and there is a new circus in town that arrives and leaves only under cover of darkness. The magical ambience of this circus IS NOT just ambience. It is real. It is the venue for a contest with no rules between young and budding sorcerers who have no set objectives. Star crossed lovers bound by ancient, dastardly magicians to compete in an enigmatic competition wrapped in a conundrum and shrouded by mystery.
And top of all that, Jim Dale is narrating. Has he ever done less than a superb job? I'm glad you asked - I think not!
I don't believe I have ever rated a story as 5 stars across the board until now. I was entranced by this story and could barely pull myself out of the car for wont of more. Erin pens characters that you will adore, and Jim breathes life into them.
This goes at the top of my prestigious list of "The Best Audiobooks Ever, in the History of Ever!"
1) Night Circus
2) American Gods
3) Cold Dish
4) Memory of Running
I'd write more, but I need to go listen to this again.
I was elated to find that Jim Dale had narrated another book. Loved him doing all the Harry Potter Series, as well as Arthur and the Minimoys. This book however was a major let down. It took me nearly 4 days to listen to because I became soooo disinterested, which is saying something coming from a career truck driver and avid audible listener. Jim Dale wasn't up to his best, and although the premiss was great, there was way to much bouncing around from two different points in the past, while treating it as if it was the present without moving the story in a linear cohesive way. Really, when I forced myself to finish, I wanted my credit and the time spent listening to this book back. Not sure what others heard when they listened to this, but this is only my opinion. Take it for what it's worth.
I got this audio solely because the narration is by the incomparable Jim Dale. Happily, the quality of the story lives up to the quality of the narrator. Cleverly plotted, magical, and moving. A must for fans of "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" and Harry Potter. My favorite book (in any format) since "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle."
For me, this is one of those books that I will listen to again at least once. Morgenstern weaves just the right amount of atmosphere into her story, without resorting to long, torturous passages that one would be tempted to skip over to get back to the story. Speaking of the story, it's loose enough to keep your mind engaged in "what if's", and wondering "what's next?" without becoming messy or hard to follow. Definitely looking forward to more from this author. Also, you cannot go wrong with Jim Dale. Great to listen to him read something other than Harry Potter.
This is one of my all time favorite audiobooks. The story is fresh and interesting and the performance really compliments and enhances the overall feel of the circus.
I was completely enveloped by this enchanting story. Morgensten's carefully constructed, delicate prose and Dale's hauntingly lovely narration fit together seamlessly. Perfect listening for a chilly night spent curled up by the fireplace.