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)
No. I just didn't enjoy the story. It went no where
made it interesting
Jim is excellent, book was not good
I love books!
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.
No. The story was a bit slow for me. It was intriguing and interesting but not much action.
Uhm, that's just a weird question.
Jim Dale is awesome, as always.
The narrative, the magic
Celia, she was really strong.
I liked the performance of the narrator, I would have loved more romance, but this book is about magic and destiny.
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).
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.
I do not know if it would be better
When she realizes who her challenger is.
I have not. I did like his narration.
How to Keep it all Together
Great Story and narration.
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.
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
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
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,
A great listen! Jim Dale is amazing and brings the words to life.
A truly magical book. I got completely lost in the circus and fell in love with the characters.
It matched the pompous style of the book.
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.
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