I love books.
Yes. I found the narration perfect and the story enchanting.
Possibly The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. Both had an element of the mystical while simultaneously feeling real.
No, but I would definitely listen to other performances of his. I found his voice perfect for this story, but I'm pretty sure I would enjoy him performing anything.
I found myself sitting in the car longer just so I wouldn't have to turn it off.
This was a wonderful story. I have already given it as a gift to multiple people. Highly recommend!
Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.
I just didn't care. The circus was interesting, but I could care less about the rest of the story. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but after the first half I have no desire to finish the story.
I think it's safe to say that the purpose of a book is to grab their audience, and keep them. When I find myself "forcing" myself to listen-on, simply because I paid good money for the listen ... the book rarely reverses that momentum (for me). Another early on abort for me. Once again, I was drawn by the reviews and ratings. My own Mom claimed to be mesmerized by this tale. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters, or define a storyline of interest. Too much descriptive ramble, and not enough storyline. This simply did not engage me, albeit as simple as I may be.
The characters. Every single one of them was so brilliantly plotted out and bizarre, but in a good way. Even the antagonist was captivating. You wanted to know more about him, and his reasons for doing the things he did. The individual characters made up a marvelous world which would not have been the same had one of them been missing. Often in book reviews there is a conversation of "wonderful world-building," well this story uses the characters as the building blocks for the entire realm. Pay attention to all of them, and you won't regret it.
I have to pick one? The ice garden, the building of the circus clock, the way Cecelia can blast things to bits and then reassemble them, the idea of memories captured in jars, when Marco introduces himself fully to Isabel... Oh no. I can't pick just one thing. READ THIS BOOK.
Jim Dale's accent was excellent for the time period of the piece. His voice gives you a since of mystery and age. By age I mean to say that there is a feeling of history to the story that I probably would not have instilled on my own. I enjoyed his narrative in that it was not your usual, flat, American reading. Nothing about this book was ordinary, so why would the narrator be?
Again with the picking? The funny thing is that Bailey is probably the most ordinary character in the book, and yet he is the one sticking out in my mind right now. Though having just finished the book, Erin does an exceptionally good job at pulling out the importance of this every day guy. His adventures with Poppet and Widget were some of my favorite moments. I feel like Bailey gave the reader a connection to the circus that those imbued with the mystical "powers" of the Circus could not. Besides, what is a circus without spectators?
I've been reading a large number of books lately. The Night Circus captivated me in so many different ways that other books have only managed to catch me in one or two. Both serious and fantastic at the same time this book runs a gamut of emotions. You'll love and hate the lead characters at various points. You'll route for the underdog, and scowl at the "puppet masters." You'll feel for the secondary characters as much as you do for the leads. I want to go to Le Cirque des Rêves!
I really liked this book, so much that I Whispersynced it so that I could go back and forth between reading and listening. The fact that it is read by the incomparable Jim Dale contributed to the enjoyment.
I've recently developed from focusing on fantasy romances towards epic fantasy/scifi. I love time travel, magic, and anything supernatural.
This was a great story wrote in an unconventional way, yet satisfies you til the end. I'm typically a reader of series because normally I always want to know whats next and many authors make you feel that way at the end of a story. This story ended gracefully and wonderfully, leaving me satisfied and happy. It wasn't too over dramatic and it didn't hold back. It was a great balance of romance and fantasy. Whimsical is the best way to describe it. Its not for all readers, but for those that enjoy a great love story with a twist, this is for you.
It is one of my new favorites, and one I'll recommend to many people.
A wonderfully riveting and unique story. Fascinating characters and a plot line that keeps you engaged and guessing. This goes on my list of all time favorite listens/reads ever.
Yes! I had this audiobook for months before actually listening, but once I did it was finished in a few days!!!! Once I clicked play it had me smiling and dreaming about the world around me and the circus of the my dreams... I got caught in creating my own circus in my mind!
The way it drew me out of myself and allowed me to think as a kid, but with an adult ingenuity to build and create this play ground for myself and others.
Chandresh, I guess... At first I would have picked either Celia or Marco, but then Tsukiko for the way she participated in the game but didn't interfere. I admired her desire to see the game play out as a healing for own hurts left behind by her own game. But it was Chandresh who really captured me the most. He was the catalyst that got the circus off the ground, yet he was used and manipulated. I wonder what was truly his initial thought and what may have been Hector & Alexander influencing the venue. He had the genius to "push the boundaries" and so when the opportunity presented itself he got caught up in the game, ultimately to end up a rather lonely drunk without that spark or drive. All the motivation had been absorbed and drained from him. At what point did he see the reality of the circus? I guess if it ever did come to him that it was something beyond what even he had intended, Marco made him forget. It was the thrill of the new project that kept him going, not the operations of the circus and in reality it was Celia and Marco who built it and left him in a sad unproductive state. I guess the irony of the delusion that we are all working so hard for things in life, but ultimately there are indeed other forces at play that "will take too long to explain."
I can't wait for 3 things:
1) Erin writes more books...
2) The Night Circus Movie comes out...
3) Until I get to wear a black suit and a red scarf to the next circus!!!
My favorite books are techno-thrillers, followed by paranormals and for complete escapism Regency's. Photography is my main hobby.
Jim Dale - Yes
I had trouble figuring out exactly what was the "story" and I really wanted to like it. I'm being kind when I say simply that I didn't like it, nor care for it, not even a little.
Love Jim Dale - I have all of the Harry Potter books on CD.
I can't comment as I would never have published the book.
Can I get my credit back?
The story itself is enchanting, but the narator has transormed this story into an absolutely amazing experience. Jim Dale has a delicious voice, and I'm tempted to listen to the story again just to hear it! But really, the book is a work of art.
Widget and Poppet
I love the voices he uses for each character - they are so distinct from each other, and he's incredibly expressive. I didn't want it to end.