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)
Provocative and interesting. Highly imaginative but at times too much, like eating too many chocolates. A bit more exposition and a dose of reality would have been Helpful. Still, quite imaginative and quite a ride.
Loved the story, well read.
I'd like to dine with all of them.
I liked everything about the story.
Wish I could hear more.
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Fantastic story, excellently narrated. I wish there was a sequel - I'd buy it in a heartbeat! :)
The ONE thing that I think would make it better to have this in printed format was the dates... Because the story goes back and forth between different dates/ years, it was a bit hard to figure out what order things happened, because I had difficulty remember what happened in which year... but this is probably just because I'm forgetful... LOL! Others may not have this problem. :)
I'd like to be able to flip back and forth between chapters and look at the dates before each one. (It might help if the chapters were titled with the date, rather than "Chapter 1... Ch. 2..., etc.)
But GREAT audio despite this one tiny drawback. One of my new Audible favorites, for sure!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am amazed at the imagination of the author, I loved it and of course who doesn't love Jim Dale as the reader. My only issue is I am so use to Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter books that it took my brain a bit to realize this was NOT Harry Potter. The story is wonderful I was totally lost in the story.
Contemporary enchanting mystery
Neverwhere, in that it is set in a world close to ours, yet still separate from it.
His voice is amazing, his performance reminds me of a grandfather reading a story, while at the same time somehow sounding like he is recounting history. Amazing.
A circus in black and white
The story is not entirely chronological, which you might not notice right away when it is narrated. This is not a problem though, as the sections set
I have not listened to such a fascinating book in a long time. The language is rich and vibrant; the narrator, perfect. The Night Circus (Cirque du Reve) is indeed a dream, with illusion and fact intertwined. Certainly not a book for those who live only in the real world.
Love it, love it, love it, I listen at work could not wait to get to work and get back to the circus made the day go by while I was transported to another world....Thank you
When I started listening to Night Circus, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Jim Dale's voice, the narrator who did the Harry Potter Series (magnificently). That made this story that much better. I loved the story, my only complaint is that I wish the author spent a little more time describing all the countries the circus visits (though I know the focus is within the circus's fence, mainly). It spans many genres, so if you like mystery, fantasy, fiction, etc. it is worth the money.
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