There was no part of this book that I didn't like. The story, the characters, the writing and the naration were all fantastic! The writing is detailed and descriptive without being overwhelming. The imagery is amazing. I have listened to this book at least 5 times and I enjoy it every time. My only wish is that I could find another book by Erin Morgenstern.
The story is told in pieces so this gives you the ability to learn about the circus from different perspectives. The story is not predictable and the ending is a good one, even if it isn't the usual happily-ever-after.
I would recomend this book to anyone of any age. It is better than any book I've ever read.
Yes...the story is so visual and Jim Dale's narration is excellent.
It reminds me a bit like Water for Elephants, but not because both are about the circus. It has that same unbelievable reality to it.
Any scene with vivid description's of the tents...I have such a clear picture of them in my head....
I just wanted it to have all the loose ends tied up in the end. I wanted any reference to something obvious in the beginning of the book to have a reason at the end of the book. I listened to it twice to make sure I didn't miss something. But for the most part, I enjoyed it very much.
This book was recommended to me and I begrudgingly downloaded it. From the first line to the last word of the book I was captivated. The imagery, the passion, and the mystery were just the right amount of magic to pull you in and submerse you.
I have to say all of the magic acts that weren't really "magic". They were above the kitsch "magic trick" type acts. Celia and Marco's one upmanships were fantastic! I think the best and most memorable is realizing that the story was being told one of the twins. I loved that surprised twist.
I never felt rushed while listening to him. Out of the many books I've listened to, Mr. Dale has by far surpassed all of them. I loved his storytelling. It has been a treat listening to him.
The entire cast - hands down!
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Sure I would probably try another one.
Not sure if he was the best narrator for this book, I did have to rewind a bit because alot of his male voices sounded too similiar and honestly I didn't really like his female voices they were not feminine enough for my taste.
Yes the book had slow spots which can be edited out for movie or TV show
I give high credit for creativity, an amazing night cirus that is a secret venue for dueling magicians that fall in love. I would have loved more stolen passion moments between the magicians to really solidify the star crossed lovers angle, also for the main characters you don't know much about them other then they are student magician set to duel each other. No personality behind them, I like to know if a character has a quark about them that is relatable to the reader so they are seen more as real people other then a book character. The author really got caught up in beautiful descriptions of the cirus that there really was no great introductions to the characters, so how do you care about characters that you really don't know?
4.5 Stars. What a great escape from reality. This is a book I simple couldn't put down . It starts out as a fantastic story where you are sure you knew just who you will root for, by the end you love all of the characters and their incredible stories. The author is truly gifted in pulling you into her magical landscape. Her rich descriptions of the characters and their surroundings make you see and believe the unbelievable. It makes me want to run away with The Night Circus.
Yes, it's brilliant story telling. The whole book keeps you dialed in with amazing plot points and just enough detail.
Just an addiction to find out what happens. It has so many different things going on that work into each other beautifully.
Just read it.
Big thumbs down for this read! How many words can you use to describe a tent? or contrasting black and white garments and fabric? The character development is awful. You might really enjoy this if you read tarot cards on a regular basis.
Sure, but probably only because it was Jim Dale reading it.
It's just personal preference, but I didn't really find this book that engaging. The premise of the book seemed really interesting and the idea had the potential to be so much better than I think it turned out to be.
I think it would have been better if the author took some more time to flesh out the world that this story takes place in.
Although there was nothing wrong with the choice of words, the development of the story was shallow as a whole. Nothing was really well explained or expanded into. Nothing extremely engaging happens in this book.
The characters weren't well developed and their relationships don't seem like a natural progression. It feels like they do the things they do not out of personal choice, but it's what the author wants to happen, if that makes sense.
Personally, I found the ending of this novel as lackluster as the end of the Twilight Series and upon finishing this novel, I was left feeling wholly unsatisfied.
Honestly, I would recommend any of my friends to just wait and watch the movie if they're interested in this book.
I've listened to Jim Dale read Harry Potter so many times that I admit, him narrating this novel played a huge part in my decision to get the audiobook.
His performance was spectacular, though that opinion may be (read: definitely is) extremely biased.
The only reason I gave him 4/5 stars is because I could recognize some of the Harry Potter characters in the voices he used for this book. Honestly, I found that kind of funny and I didn't mind it so much but there it is.
If the world and its characters were better developed and more substantial.
This story as a whole doesn't really live up to whatever hype it has but honestly, I'll probably listen to it again just because I like Jim Dale.
It was not even an okay listening. I barely managed it through because I did not have anything else to do over the winter break. Just like other people commented, this book is really rich on trying to bring out the visual effect as if you are visiting this weird circus.
However, those descriptions are really not supposed to be there. It feels more of book that was stuffed with a bunch of beautiful scenes just for the sake of putting them out there. It is not a novel. It is a book made of chunks of imaginitive descriptions. You might think, oh, that sounds fun to read, too. I am telling you that's NOT. The author is really bad at... just bad at writing novels. The book has really poor character development and storyline. Everything is predictable from the very beginning. It is pooly developed and written to a point that is almost funny to think of. Especially I just read Fountainhead before this book. This book looks like a joke for kids in the Kindergarden.
Do me a favor and DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS. Mr.Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a thousand times better.
A Hundred Years of Solitude
I love this book, so I decided to listen to the audiobook. At first the voice was a little hard to get used to, but by the third chapter or so, I loved it. I highly recommend it!