Although I'm not an ardent fan of fantasy, this story pulled me in with its grounding in reality and human emotion. The touches of fantasy provide an interesting subtext to a rich experience of inner sight and sound. I found the story to be a vicarious adventure of the "what if" variety - having myself, never quite fit into the banal real world. I would rank this story easily within the category of soon-to-be classics.
I got this book on a whim because it was on the audible home page and they recommended it. From the description it sounded like a Romeo and Juliet story for circus folk. It is not that at all and I am so glad for it! The story went in a completely different direction than expected and kept me guessing all the way through.
I was pleasantly surprised at the way the story is told. It switches back and forth between times by a couple of years which is a bit difficult to handle in an audio book since you can't flip the pages easily back to see when the last time was. But you can figure out when you are by what's happening.
There are a few surprises in the book and shocking moments but mostly this book is a very slow paced book. But the slow pace gives you the pleasant feeling as if you are walking through the circus yourself and you really get to immerse yourself in the characters' lives.
I thought the circus would be creepy or something because usually they are in books and movies but it's the complete opposite. It's the nicest most pleasant circus there ever was.
I use the word Pleasant a lot because that's the closest I can get to describing how this book feels. Everyone in the book is basically a nice person. Even the jerks in the book aren't that bad.
The description of the circus makes you feel as if you are actually there and Jim Dale brings it to life so well. His performance was outstanding except that his Indian accent sounded almost Scottish. Beautifully read otherwise.
I just finished this book after listening to part 2 for 5 hours straight and I'm still on an audiobook high from the feeling of this book. I might start from Part 1 again so I can go back to the circus and be with the characters again. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an almost trancendent experiece.
I haven't read the book want to own a print edition now.
Poppet and Widget were definitely my favorites, but I could listen to Jim Dale narrate anything.
I wanted to read this book in one sitting and then immediately listen to it again.
I was unsure at first if I should get this book but was very pleased to have made the commitment. I enjoyed the creativity with how the author made me feel as if I was attending the night circus and all the details involved with the creation. I was sad to have the book end.
I'm little over half way through and I'm not getting much else done this weekend! This book is captivating. I really enjoy the different voices of the characters, but the story is fascinating. I can't wait to see how it plays out
So many books I've "read" lately have been one in a series. Keeping up on stories I've enjoyed in the past is fun, but I am so looking for a new story!! This story is truly unique! The best part is the story is complete. A beginning, a middle and a great end! No having to wait for the next book, years later, to get more of the story! Not that I wanted it end....
If you liked "Water for Elephants" add in a little magic with no demons, no vampires, & no monsters, then you'll enjoy a visit to "The Night Circus".
I was mildly interested in listening to this book after reading a few audible reviews. The plot sounded as if it had potential, and it seemed like it might be a "fluff" listen, which I was in need of at the time. That being said, what actually pushed me to purchase the audiobook was when I listened to the sample and recognized the narrator's voice (Jim Dale, narrator of the incredible, but tragically short lived show, Pushing Daises). I am so happy I did.The beginning might be a little slow for some listeners, but it is well worth the wait. Erin Morgenstern delivers the listener into an enchanting world that delights the senses and engages the imagination. I loved every minute of it, and plan on listening to it again.
It's been a long time since I've looked for excuses to drive around just so I could listen to more! This book is captivating and brilliant!
I fell in love with JKR's tales of how a boy overcame ultimate evil as he was possessed with the ability to love, the ability to be loyal and was open enough to need help but would sacrifice himself before any would be harmed.
The Night Circus is a tale of two children, formed into tools that screw everything up by falling in love - once again proving the axiom - there is NO mathematical solution for the Human Equation. Story wondrous, narrated by my favorite Grammy winning narrator of all 7 Harry Potter books, Night Circus is original, narration is well done, and when Widge, Poppit and Bailey win the day - great ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this as an audio. It was a delightful fantasy getaway in a world where anything is possible. The author's sensuous descriptions of the characters, sights and sounds of every setting really engaged all of my senses and vivid pictures emerged in my mind's eye. If you are fan of magical realism (Murakami, Zafon) or even a Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, or JK Rowling fan, your imagination would likely take flight and you would enjoy the trip.