I almost gave up on this book a few times but I am glad I didn't. It was great at the end! Great for all ages.
Jim dale bring his incredible talent to this haunting and lovely story full of stunning imagery. Sure to be a classic in your audio library that you will want to listen to over and over again. Join us, reveur!
Really enjoyed the story and loved the performance, Jim Dale is amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story.
I just could not tolerate more than 4 hours of this book. The narrator was fine but I really could not follow the plot. None of the characters sparked any interest.
Some novels are plot-driven and some are character-driven. The Night Circus is description-driven. The writing is undeniably beautiful and almost ethereal with detailed descriptions of a most unusual circus and its magical attractions and the striking appearance and awe inspiring performances of its illusionists. At first, this was enough. I was totally “seeing” all the magic, feeling immersed in the setting, and thought “WOW! This is going to be GOOD!”
Unfortunately, that feeling of awe and immersion did not last, because what The Night Circus does NOT do is deliver adequate plot for the length of the novel, or give the reader any reason to care about any of the many characters as they all remain one-dimensional. So many characters, so little development. What there is of a plot is spread rather thinly between the copious descriptions of the circus. The moving back and forth of the time line doesn't seem to accomplish anything other than a little confusion.
Jim Dale's excellent performance kept me listening even after the story became tedious. If I had been reading instead of listening, I might have given up at about 40% of the way through.
Although the prose is beautiful, I did not feel compelled to “bookmark” a single passage. As a matter of fact, now, just two days since finishing this book, I don’t seem to remember very much about it at all. I remember that there was a circus – at night. I remember there was an illusionist – but I don’t remember anything about her routine. There might have been some red-headed twins with kittens. Wasn't there a contortionist? And some folks with red scarves. Nope… fading … fading…. forgotten. Perhaps that bookkeeper/assistant fellow (Marco?) cast a forgetting spell on me.
Yes, the writing style is beautiful. I would like to hear any details I may have missed.
It was a fantasy, without going overboard - did not feel forced. I felt the reader/listener could still use his/her imagination. The story was entertaining with brilliant descriptions (not overdone).
The listener could concentrate on the story and not his reading style. Great job!
Mario, of course.
It would make a delightful movie with incredible special effects. The characters were well written.
the story brings it's listener into an amazing black and white,yet strongly colored fantastic steam punk world...so much so that he makes you wish you could be in his circus