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.
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.