Truly the most spectacular show on earth, what every circus dreams of being. Mystical, magical, and mysterious this is a circus tour you won't soon forget. Morgenstern's imagery builds a big top world of ambition, sweet dreams, shadowy desires and love. Wrap up in your own red scarf and black coat and join the Reveurs at Cirque de Rev, The Night Circus.
I love to listen while I work in the house/yard and on long trips.
The story is original and holds your interest. The characters come alive with Jim Dale's incredible voice. You need to follow this story closely as it flashes forward in time and back again. I will listen to this story again and again. It's sure to become a classic. It was worth every penny spent.
This novel is exquisitely descriptive and beautifully written. The evocative detail brings an incredible depth of sentience which serves to bring the elusive Night Circus and its colourful performers and cast to life in a very Gothic way. This book is for those who can relax and enjoy the journey because it is not about racing to the destination but enjoying the scenery along the way. It would appeal to fans of Dickens and Audrey Niffeneger.
Jim Dale the narrator of US version Harry Potter books, did an extremely good job of narration. However, I did at times hear Hermoine, Dumbledore and Slughorn intonations but I felt even more at home with this.
The plot slowly unfurls for the reader. Shocking terrible things happen every so often but they are not sentimentalised, but rather, are left to the audience to react or not. People are who they are without contrivances and we can decide if we like them or not warts and all. The main character is the circus and the characters all seem peripheral and yet so integral to it. Everyone has a reason for being on the pages and all play their parts. This novel has breathtaking climax and then leads on to a wonderful ending that I feel leaves the reader satisfied and happy.
Celia and Marco, are caught up from childhood in a complicated and merciless game run but two veteran magicians who have lost their grip on what being a human truly means. The protagonists are bound to the game for as long as it takes without their permission. The game makers are so out of touch with their emotions they seem to no longer see what they are doing to people, if indeed they ever did. There are two main stories running. Celia and Marco who are pitted against each other and the incredible illusions they create a warm and charming young lad, Baily, who falls for a girl in the circus and ultimately the circus itself.
In the top 10%
Celia Bowen; courage, intelligence, compassion and her enviable ability to change fabric.
Any of the scenes that described the special circus tents: the Ice Garden, the Labyrinth etc.
Yes! But I managed to fill 2 treadmill workouts and 3 days of commuting along with kitchen food prep work with the wonderful voice of Jim Dale
When you make up a world, all the rules of the world we know don't necessarily apply.
So you can't listen to this as an engineer and question, 'how is that possible'. I think
the author did a fine job in all the details (which I adored), the dialog, and bringing the plot
to a satisfying conclusion.
Jim Dale is a personal hero of mine which is why I originally downloaded this audiobook. Not only did I love his style of reading, but the story was enchanting. I found myself eager to finish it and have continually thought about it since.
There are some gaps in the story line, but I would say that adds to the "dream-likeness" of the story.
Truly an enjoyable read.
I tried to explain this book to a dear friend of mine and could not do it justice. Still, she said to me, "I have to read this book! You are so taken passionate about the story!" If you enjoy stories like Zafon's Shadow of the Wind or Setterfield's The 13th Tale, this is a book for you. Told in a unique present-tense, third person, the time shifts beneath you as the circus grows and lives around you. Fabulous.
The Night Circus is a beautiful book (in more ways than one if you can get your hands on a physical copy) and contains some incredibly rich imagery. The only problem I have with it is it's pretty obviously a collection of images tied together with a story after the fact. The images are incredibly beautiful. The story serves as a delicate connector to all of the vignettes describing the places and people of the Cirque, but it almost feels like it would work better as a graphic novel than a fully executed work of fiction. Still, it's a great first outing for Erin Morganstern, and her PR machine is incredible to get such a stellar collection of deals for her based on this book.
It has been a while since a book kept my attention all the way through without fast forwarding through some sections. This book was beautifully written, the narration is superb, and I didn't skip even one word. The author writes in such a way that it is very easy to see the characters and the story unfolding in your mind's eye as you listen along.
I'm pretty picky and find it hard to find long listens that hold my attention BUT that was before 'The Night Circus'. I literally could NOT stop listening until the very last words of this audio book. Its SO different from anything I usually like to read. I'm not into Harry Potter or any other 'fantasy' genre but this really drew me in and kept my attention. VERY entertaining!
Imagination, this book gets an A+ for that, not something I give out easily. The circus is a battleground in a contest set up by persons who seem almost soulless. Do not take the word battle literally, there are so many ways to wage war.
These two provocateurs choose their instruments of war in the persons of Marco and Celia. They spend years creating their champions, and yet are they champions? A champion is a defender, one who holds up honor. What do these two contest? They are not given the parameters of the contest, a nebulous and wavering thing at best.
There is a rich abundance of detail but one is not overwhelmed. It is possible to read this book and come away with the circus in your mind as you would have it. The characters are full of life ??? people you would want to know, people you care about.
The creation of the circus was phenomenal. It was so very realistic. If you were going to create a wonder whom would you invite to dinner? That dinner being given for the purpose of discussing your newly hatched thoughts???.your guest list must necessarily be made with much care.
At several points during this book I was reminded of a poem I enjoyed as a child ??? A Nightmare, from Iolanthe by W.S. Gilbert. This was not because the book was a copy, but the quality of the ???imagining???.
It is a mystery, a combat, a love story, magic, malice, drama and a joy for lovers of a good story.
I hope the Night Circus shows up by me, I will definitely go and I will stay until dawn ??? wearing a red token.