The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
©2011 Erin Morgenstern (P)2011 Random House
"The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for, and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty, and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book." (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife)
"Self-assured, entertaining debut that blends genres and crosses continents in quest of magic…. Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love... a giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics." (Publishers Weekly)
Try as I might, I could not immerse myself in this audiobook despite the excellent narration by Jim Dale. The story line was plodding and seemingly endless, and the descriptions smothered the book. The book was not for me but others may love it.
This really did seem like a dream. I didn't want it to end. I imagined myself in all of the tents and how much fun it would be to walk through the clouds or be in the star-gazer. Great imagery.
There are some very pretty images in this book, and that is it's greatest strength. However, it was not as complex as I would have liked. It could not hold my curiosity about the outcome.
This book did not have me on the edge of my seat. I felt the story took to long to develop for my taste. However, I do not find it a waste of time to have read/ listened. Rather a book I would have picked up to cure absolute boredom.
By the end of the story Erin has developed the characters and the story but not my undivided interest. But the original idea of the story is a good one. I hope you enjoy the book if you decide to purchase. And, it would seem, my taste or lack of it, for this story is in the minority.
Jim Dale was great, as always, in his narration. There were several aspects of the story that were well written, but I can't ever say that I was enraptured by the tale. The end left me wanting more, and not in the good way. I felt as if the general premise and storyline were weak and the overall story did not fully capitalize on its potential.
Have a better, less confusing, general premise and delivery of information. Have less questions left unanswered and not well explained.
His character voices for females are, at times, not his strongest suit. However, I do generally enjoy the rich layers that narrators bring to a story and Jim Dale does not disappoint.
It's neither long nor short. If the story was better, I would say yes. But time was not a factor in my overall rating.
Spoiler: Why Bailey? What is the point of the game? Why the heck should I care?
I thought that the main storyline was dull and unconvincing. Throughout the book, the author tells the reader again and again how madly in love the two main characters are, but she was never able to make me FEEL that this young couple were even remotely attracted to each other, let alone anything more than that. A story about a mystical, magical circus that comes alive at night would normally be a no-brainer, five-star story for me. But sadly, I had to force myself to listen to it all the way through, and often had to hear a chapter again since the first listen failed to keep my attention. The narrator is wonderful, and really made the most out of material. The sub-plot of the twins and Bailey was good, and possibly would have made a better book just on it's own.
Yes, I'm not sure I caught all the details the first time through.
So creative! Ideas and images that left you thinking about what else might be possible in a world filled with magic.
Yes, the narration could be a bit dark or slow at times, but otherwise, the characters, tone and mood were performed well.
The story felt like a beautiful dance - you get to know each dancer individually, and then watch them as they come together.
I would not recommend this book to a friend. I am disappointed in it.
Jim Dale is an fabulous narrator........I wonder if he was as bored performing this book as I was reading it. So very disappointed. Listening to Jim Dale's truly amazing voice was the only thing that got me through this book.
This book was really hard for me to get into and I can honestly say even at the end of the book I still wasn't into it. I finished this book because I felt since I purchased it I needed to listen to it, but it took me several months because I would only listen to it when I didn't have anything else to listen to. I thought the narrator was very good, I just did not think this story was for me.
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