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.
I kept waiting for something to actually happen in the story, but it never did.
The narrator was actually pretty good in my opinion. The right voice inflections, although the accents were sometimes curious
This book kept me right at the edge for something to materialize, but it never did. I finished this listen with a deep sense of fulfilled expectations.
Fantasy, magical, vivid
The twins because they were so innocent and sweet
It made the fantasy so vivid
The first time the circus was introduced.
The performance was good, but little could save this story. I could not relate to or sympathize with the severely underdeveloped characters. There was also no real climax to the story... or even a plot... blech...
It was OK. Interesting towards the climax but I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. Plus I couldn’t get into the narrator. All the voices sounded like old men even when it was supposed to be a young woman. I didn’t like the “voice” sounded pompous. I wouldn’t listen to it again.
This is one of the most unique books I've read in a long time. The whole thing is basically about two magicians trying to out-do each other in more and more elaborate ways. Yes, I know that doesn't sound unique, but it is. It would be hard to explain concisely without giving anything away, so you'll just have to trust me. The author's imagination when it comes to the feats of the magicians is stellar - I totally want to visit all of the circus's exhibitions. But the storyline itself kind of fell flat for me. I enjoyed it, but by the end I was ready for it to be over.
There were also a few characteristics of the book that annoyed me... There are a few short parts of the book that are written in second person perspective (e.g. You enter the circus. You look around and see some tents.), which was odd. I assume the author was trying to bring us into the story, but the circus is by definition outside the realm of our existence so I didn't feel brought in, I felt like I was reading a high school English project to demonstrate how to use second person perspective. Also, I didn't feel a strong connection to Celia and Marcos, the two main characters. By far my favorite characters were Bailey, Poppet, and Widget and they are side characters who don't even appear until near the end of the book. I thought there were too many characters in the book - I had trouble keeping track of them all and many were pretty one-dimensional as a result. Plus sometimes I felt like certain characters were meant to serve some metaphorical purpose that didn't come through. Ultimately I kind of felt like the entire book just skirted the line between innovative literary ideas and pretension... like when you're reading a poem and you think, is this poem so deep that I just don't get it or is it bad? I'm still undecided, but there's enough of interest to deserve a read - I just wish I'd checked it out from the library instead of buying it.
So, bottom line - I'm glad I read the book, but I don't think I'll ever read it again. I think its best use might be to read it chapter by chapter as a bedtime story to children - it's not the kind of book that you never want to put down until you've finished it, but it is the kind of book that inspires the imagination and although parts of it are kind of dark, it has a satisfying conclusion.
I can't figure out why it was such a challenge to listen to this book. The narration is great and the idea of the magical night circus is a great one, but I could only listen for 20 minutes before I started nodding off at the wheel. Very disappointing.
Morgenstern paints with words, animates in deep relatedness. Night Circus is delicious, exquisite word weaving. I haven't experienced anything this in years. Mystery, romance, suspense and incredible storytelling.
Baily, forced into the story on a dare from his insensitive sister, becomes as involuntarily love driven to the heart of the circus as everyone else - an archtypical hero skillfully plucked from the mundane - embraces the waning lifeforce offered him and steps into his destiny.
Dale seems to understand exactly how and when to use his voice to move from scene to scene, character to character, mood to mood and executes a flawless performance.
OMG this kid can really write ! ! !
well that's how i'm subjecting my e mails to friends. why would i want to rename this work when the name fits like a small white glove?
read and listen to this work. it's astounding
I would have much less jumping around. It's difficult to follow when you are listening to a story as opposed to reading or watching it. I'd also pick up the pace a little bit
I'd check the length first.
James Dale's perfornamce was fine.
The performance time was the main issue. Even driving from Southern California to Northern Idaho wasn't enougn time to devote to the story. Its slow development and convoluted story made it difficult to follow, let alone become invested with the characters. This led to listening to other storys instead.