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The Night Circus Audiobook
The Night Circus
Written by: 
Erin Morgenstern
Narrated by: 
Jim Dale
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The Night Circus Audiobook

The Night Circus

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    carla United States 10-06-12
    carla United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't really care for it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I just didn't enjoy the story. It went no where


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    made it interesting


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jim is excellent, book was not good


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Interesting characters


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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-06-12
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "A fantasy tale"

    A tale of fantasy built around a circus. It was interesting, took some time to fit all of the characters into the story. But it was an enjoyable listen if you like this genre. I didn't realize when I started that Jim Dale, the narrator of the Harry Potter series, was the narrator here. At first you would hear the different characters from Harry Potter but at some point it didn't dominate the story.

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    Laura Van Buren, AR, United States 10-01-12
    Laura Van Buren, AR, United States 10-01-12
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    "A nice leisurely listen."
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    No. The story was a bit slow for me. It was intriguing and interesting but not much action.


    Would you recommend The Night Circus to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Everything!!


    If you could take any character from The Night Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Uhm, that's just a weird question.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Dale is awesome, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lucero 09-27-12
    Lucero 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Magic"
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    The narrative, the magic


    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    None


    Who was the most memorable character of The Night Circus and why?

    Celia, she was really strong.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the performance of the narrator, I would have loved more romance, but this book is about magic and destiny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 09-26-12
    Rachel 09-26-12
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    "prettily written, but didn't keep my interest"

    The setting of the book is fun and there are some really lovely, poetic descriptions, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe the plot didn't have enough clues along the way to tell me where things were going, but my mind would start wandering as I was listening. I also thought the narrator's voice was an odd choice (gravely, elderly man's voice for a love story).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 09-20-12
    Jeremy 09-20-12
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    "Very unique story."

    This story was very unique and I can't even think of any other books to relate to the story. At times it got a little confusing moving back and forth through time but toward the end it all seems to work out. Jim Dale was really able to bring the story to life. I really don't think I would have enjoyed it very much without the the life that Jim Dale puts into this story.

    The Night Circus is so much more then just a romance story it is a supernatural, sci-fi and suspense story. You have all of the elements that make this story really unique. There is a lot packed into this story so you need to listen carefully to take it all in and understand how all the different characters tie in and how all to sub-plots become interrelated to the story as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shannon 09-18-12
    shannon 09-18-12
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    "Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    I do not know if it would be better


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

    When she realizes who her challenger is.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I did like his narration.


    If you could rename The Night Circus, what would you call it?

    How to Keep it all Together


    Any additional comments?

    Great Story and narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Murdoch Canada 09-17-12
    T. Murdoch Canada 09-17-12
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    "Not Yet Finished"
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Second, only after the Harry Potter series of course, I't easy to get lost in the story and find yourself unaware of what's going on around you. The only reason I did not give full 5 stars is because I'm not finished yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

    I'm not finished it yet, only about half way through. So far I've enjoyed the chapters about Bailey and the nights spent at the circus


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He had a distinct voice for each character, much like in the HP audiobooks, I wish I knew him, I would just listen to him talk for hours over tea


    Any additional comments?

    So far it is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Being a student it's hard to find the time for read simply for leisure and this book has been on my list for months, I'm glad to be able to finally hear the story,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 09-17-12
    Lori 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Magical, wonderful story"
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great listen! Jim Dale is amazing and brings the words to life.


    Any additional comments?

    A truly magical book. I got completely lost in the circus and fell in love with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kalyna Toronto, ON, Canada 09-17-12
    Kalyna Toronto, ON, Canada 09-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Pompous, tired story"
    Would you try another book from Erin Morgenstern and/or Jim Dale?

    No.


    Has The Night Circus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    It matched the pompous style of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's perfect for the fans of the "50 shades" trilogy. It is slightly better, though, because it has been written using more than 200 words, the book is also slightly more imaginative. It is not sexually explicit at all, but has the same degree of cloying drama and clichés.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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