Jim Dale was great, as always, in his narration. There were several aspects of the story that were well written, but I can't ever say that I was enraptured by the tale. The end left me wanting more, and not in the good way. I felt as if the general premise and storyline were weak and the overall story did not fully capitalize on its potential.
Have a better, less confusing, general premise and delivery of information. Have less questions left unanswered and not well explained.
His character voices for females are, at times, not his strongest suit. However, I do generally enjoy the rich layers that narrators bring to a story and Jim Dale does not disappoint.
It's neither long nor short. If the story was better, I would say yes. But time was not a factor in my overall rating.
Spoiler: Why Bailey? What is the point of the game? Why the heck should I care?
I thought that the main storyline was dull and unconvincing. Throughout the book, the author tells the reader again and again how madly in love the two main characters are, but she was never able to make me FEEL that this young couple were even remotely attracted to each other, let alone anything more than that. A story about a mystical, magical circus that comes alive at night would normally be a no-brainer, five-star story for me. But sadly, I had to force myself to listen to it all the way through, and often had to hear a chapter again since the first listen failed to keep my attention. The narrator is wonderful, and really made the most out of material. The sub-plot of the twins and Bailey was good, and possibly would have made a better book just on it's own.
Yes, I'm not sure I caught all the details the first time through.
So creative! Ideas and images that left you thinking about what else might be possible in a world filled with magic.
Yes, the narration could be a bit dark or slow at times, but otherwise, the characters, tone and mood were performed well.
The story felt like a beautiful dance - you get to know each dancer individually, and then watch them as they come together.
I would not recommend this book to a friend. I am disappointed in it.
Jim Dale is an fabulous narrator........I wonder if he was as bored performing this book as I was reading it. So very disappointed. Listening to Jim Dale's truly amazing voice was the only thing that got me through this book.
This book was really hard for me to get into and I can honestly say even at the end of the book I still wasn't into it. I finished this book because I felt since I purchased it I needed to listen to it, but it took me several months because I would only listen to it when I didn't have anything else to listen to. I thought the narrator was very good, I just did not think this story was for me.
Jim Dale is incredible...as always! Nothing to complain about regarding the narration. It was spot on!
The story, however, got bogged down in nothingness. I got so bored toward the end I didn't care how it ended. The premise dazzles but fades in the execution. The purpose and conclusion of the "competition" did not satisfy--and that one little fact sullied the whole endeavor.
I have to say that a book that has this much buzz makes me automatically suspicious. I usually prefer to wait it out a couple of years and if trusted friends still think it's wonderful then I might be willing to give it my time. That aside, the buzz about this is rightly deserved.
It is a remarkable, visceral book that is very difficult to categorize. It is not a vampire paranormal cliche yet it is magical. It is not a character/plot driven novel yet it has a story that drew me in. It is a unique book full of fantasy and imagination and whimsy evoking a strong sense of place yet it is a place you've never been before. Erin Morgenstern does a wonderful job of enveloping the reader in her setting drawing us in with the luscious smells she so beautifully articulates to the sumptuous feasts she dangles before our longing eyes. This is a very difficult book to describe and others will do a much better job than I at sharing plot details, but if you're looking for a magical escape to a rather mystical world this just might be your ticket.
Jim Dale does a simply amazing job of narrating this story. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this one in paper form or listen but I must say that Dale's narration made this experience even more magical.
In all honesty, I love Jim Dale, but not even he could help me understand this book. All the flipping between people and time periods left me unable to follow and sadly, I couldn't bring myself to actually care about the main characters. Possibly if I read a hard copy, I'll follow better.
More focus on the main characters and less on the sides.
Possibly? Depends on the cast.
I personally would not recommend.
I love Jim Dale's narration of the Harry Potter series, so I thought it a slam dunk that I would enjoy the narration of this book. As it turned out, it was very distracting for me to hear the same voices he used in that series applied to the different characters in this book. In particular, I really disliked the voices that he used for Poppet and Widget. He made these pair of teenage male and female twins sound like wizened old elves.
If I really cared about any of the characters. The plot was weak.
I went ahead and read this book based on the hype. I was hesitant because I read several reviews that made me leery. The story never really grabbed me, and I did not become involved in it or care about the outcome of the challenge. I didn't really care about the characters, which is a must for me. The endless description of black and white circus became boring and tedious. I was hoping that it would be a magical tale that would accompany the advent of the holiday season, so I read it during December. I wasn't looking for a gripping read, but I did want something magical and special, augmented with a great romance. It was neither. It might have been a good story for children, but there is just enough bloodshed to make it inappropriate. Sad to say, but this is a very disappointing read.