I have gifted this book more than any book I can remember, and I have gifted a lot of books.
This book is really a magical read. I enjoy books who take you to new places and make you want to stay there, and NIght Circus does just that. From beginning to end I was thoroughly engaged. I can't think of a part that dragged or that could have been left out. The characters are delightful. And the narrator is so good that he seems a part of the story itself.
This book was such a pleasure to listen to! The narrator, Jim Dale, was outstanding. His voice, itself, was magical! He really brought the characters to life.
I've noticed that some reviewers found the copious imagery and intricate descriptions to be tedious. I, on the other hand, found it enchanting, and I feel it greatly added to the experience. The story was centered around the very sensory, dreamy, atmospheric world of Le Cirque des Rêves. The magical atmosphere was described so vividly at times, that it became intoxicatingly real to the reader. It was a world created and held together by magic and illusion. The reader was cunningly led to question what was real and what was, in fact, an illusion. Things were never was they seemed to be. In some books over-description hinders the progress of the story, but in this case, I believe it made it a richer experience. Never, ever, did I have the feeling of "Oh, why doesn't she just get on with it already."
Some readers were put off by the fact that the story takes place over a thirty-year period. The author also provides details about the history of the circus even farther back. Although the story unfolds over many. many years, I believe this is essential to the story. It provides context and adds to the feeling of hopelessness and longevity to the playing of "the game" in which the players find themselves trapped. They are tired, overwhelmed, yet find that they must continue playing with no end in sight.
Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and was sad when it ended. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author!
It's Jim Dale narrating!!! Enough said!
Magic, love, stem-punk feel with machines, human pawns, and illusions.
This young writer will make you salivate for her next book! I found her because I love listening to Jim Dale read. I did not, however, expect to find something so wonderful, so other worldly and so intriguing. The world of Night Circus is dark and wonderful, scary at times, but always engaging. Loved, loved, loved this book.
It was such an intriguing storyline with pieces of a puzzle that came together beautifully.
When the two came together for the first time, realizing they were in love.
The story line is great, however it seems to be a little drawn out. I don't know how it could be condensed though. I enjoyed the magic of it!
I don't have a favorite moment but the visuals are so descriptive you feel like you are looking at everything all at once. I love it.
I liked the performance. Memorable but not overdone.
Love is never easy, magic is never free.
Love this book.
Once I started hearing about the circus evolving, I immediately looked up who had the film rights. I was happy to see that it will most likely be made into a movie. Julie Taylor or Baz Luhrmann I would hope as the director. Magical realism at its best, but please someone give it some visuals. I loved the story simply put.
I loved this book. The story was original, creative, and entertaining, and I thought the characters were interesting and the romance lovely. I'm so sick of books about magic taking place in the Middle Ages, or are contemporary but unsophisticated. This book is neither. The competition, which blossoms into a romantic and magaical dance that enchants everyone who sees it (including me), is nuanced, sweet and heartwarming. A very good listen.
It exists and makes perfect sense within the paper walls and inside imagination. Parts are brutal and others poetic. The ending is.
Just a woman with an unhealthy addiction to literature, the beach and a ice cold drink.
Mysterious, Magical, Sure-to-be-your-favorite-book
The drama unfolds slowly over a period of years and the story builds and pulls great characters together for a excellent story.
Marco. He really pulls the heartstrings for this mysterious magician.
The Night Circus has an opening, amazing applicants apply inside.