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)
This book was truly magical and fun. I really enjoyed recognizing much the symbolism and foreshadowing but it was not too obscure or too in your face. I would recommend this book to anyone.
The descriptions of the The Night Circus were sumptuous and fantastic. I loved the details of about the circus acts and the worlds contained within the tents. I felt the chapters told as if you were at the circus were a bit annoying and disruptive, but on the whole I enjoyed this book and loved Jim Dale's narration.
I have not ready the print version
Each time we see how Celia and Marco create things in the circus for one-another.
I really enjoyed Celia - I loved her natural ability and grace and identified with her insecurities.
Very much - I'd turn the story on even if I only had a few minutes to listen, and it distracted me from things I should have been doing.
A well crafted story with interesting characters. I felt like a Muggle getting a hint that true magic might actually exist, even if I am not aware of it in my daily life. Delightful!
I adored this book from start to finish! I am afraid that I might not be able to find another story that is as captivating.
Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!
I thought the writing was lush and beautiful, and so descriptive- I could really see what the author was describing. The book started out nicely, and then I think it just fell flat. It just never went anywhere- there's all this buildup... to... nothing. I was disappointed. I would recommend it for the beautiful description and fantastic narration, but other than that, this book is a C+.
I really wanted to love this book, based on great ratings and reviews......it just didn't happen. I love historical fiction, but the illusion and magic didn't appeal. To be fair, I only listened to the first 3.5 hours.
I would definitely tell all my friends who enjoy a good story to take a listen to this. It was well performed by the reader, and I loved the imagery of the book.
I don't think this book compares to anything I've ever read or listened to before. It's so unique and interesting.
I don't think I can pick a best character. He was very good at creating the different characters, but they were all still him, which I enjoyed. He was very nice to listen to.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I couldn't stop listening. I finished it in two days.
If you're into detail, phantasy, and something unlike anything before, take a look at The Night Circus.
I love books.
Yes. I found the narration perfect and the story enchanting.
Possibly The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. Both had an element of the mystical while simultaneously feeling real.
No, but I would definitely listen to other performances of his. I found his voice perfect for this story, but I'm pretty sure I would enjoy him performing anything.
I found myself sitting in the car longer just so I wouldn't have to turn it off.
This was a wonderful story. I have already given it as a gift to multiple people. Highly recommend!
Stop listening to other people's opinions and form one of your own. That's sound advice, or not. It all depends on how literal you take it.
I just didn't care. The circus was interesting, but I could care less about the rest of the story. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but after the first half I have no desire to finish the story.
I think it's safe to say that the purpose of a book is to grab their audience, and keep them. When I find myself "forcing" myself to listen-on, simply because I paid good money for the listen ... the book rarely reverses that momentum (for me). Another early on abort for me. Once again, I was drawn by the reviews and ratings. My own Mom claimed to be mesmerized by this tale. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters, or define a storyline of interest. Too much descriptive ramble, and not enough storyline. This simply did not engage me, albeit as simple as I may be.
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