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)
I am among the minority who do not like this book; I'm only sticking with it because I paid for it. If you love the idea of a magical circus and magic being real and enjoy description of magical environments and effects, you may be among those who love the book. I'd prefer character development, human emotions, and/or a plot.
Jim Dale couldn't have been a more perfect narrator for this beautifully descriptive tale. My only issue was getting past the fact that he narrated the Harry Potter books. It took me at least an hour to get past what sounded like a conversation between Slughorn and Dumbledore and be able to visualize the characters they were meant to be. The story itself was enchanting and cleverly written. A welcome escape from reality and into the wonders of what we wish could be real.
From the very first minute of this audiobook, I was hooked. This is almost entirely due to the narrator Jim Dale. He is by far the best narrator I have ever come across.He has an enchanting and unique voice that easily transports you into the world of the Night Circus. This is one of the few audiobooks that made me wish that every drive was just a little bit longer. I will admit that I found the ending to be a little contrived, but I still believe its definitely worth a listen. I only wish that there were more books for adults narrated by Jim Dale , and I eagerly anticipate Erin Morgenstern's follow-up novel.
I certainly would, it's got some magic to it and it's so well thought out and written.
Very creative and descriptive, it takes you right into the circus!
The parts in which he describes the senses perceived during the visits to the circus, he looks like he is very much into it.
No... the final part and how it connects right again through the beginning (this is not a spoiler, don't worry, but others who read the book will understand) is sensational
The scottish accents were somewhat annyoing lol... but regardless, absolutely check out this book. It should definitely be made into a movie. I can imagine Tim Burton doing an amazing job at the rendition.
I loved the style and quality of writing in this book!
I couldn't get enough of this book and the narrator did a wonderful job. The book isn't suspenseful but i still didn't want to put my iPhone down.
Wow this was a great read! So unique and enchanting. I feel there has always been something mysterious and intriguing about circuses, but this book takes that feeling to a whole new level! I loved it so much I ordered it for my mom to read too. The detail is so rich. If you are a fan of fantasy there is no way you won't enjoy this book!
The narration was also superbly done.
I would absolutely love to see someone like Peter Jackson make this into a movie!!
I really had no idea what to expect from this book and frankly bought it more out of curiosity. I have to say, I was quite pleased. Although I normally do other things around the house while listening to audiobooks, I found myself closing my eyes and picturing the images written in this book. The story is quite gripping and full of imagination. I believe this is Ms. Morgenstern's first book. I hope she writes many more!
Entrancing, Impressive Spectacle
There is so much depth to everything: the characters, the setting, the circus itself even
If I could have, I most certainly would have listened all in one sitting
I actually read this book before listening to it. This is the first audiobook I've ever listened to and I wanted something I was familiar with in case I had trouble following along. There is something about Jim Dale and the way he read that added an extra layer of sumptuous detail that made the story even better. I finished listening and was desperate for more. Its an incredible epic and everyone should give it a listen
Visuals. Ms. Morganstern writes with a paintbrush, no mere computer or pen. Each description took me into the story. I smelled the caramel apples and tasted the chocolate mice (made I am sure from the finest Guitard) On hearing the description of the birthday cake the raspberry/chocolate filling came into my senses.
I think it incomparable. Neil Gaimen is the closest modern author.
Actually, at the end when Widget was at the restaurant talking to The Gray Man. In that conversation was one of the best explanations of why we write and why we read, I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.
a Circus for your very best dreams.
I cannot specify a favorite Audible Book but this certainly is floating very near the top. It was one of those books I put off ending. I want one for every grand daughter.
Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
While so many authors are going for weighty, dark, intricate characters and storylines Erin weaves a truly magical tale which is complimented by perhaps the best narration I've ever heard. There are some shades of Niel Gaimon in here but Erin's voice is certainly her own. Pretty unbelievable that this is her first book. One of the few stories I've heard in a long time that evokes wonder again.
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