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The Night Circus Audiobook

The Night Circus

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.
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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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    Vicky Buenos Aires, Argentina 02-01-12
    Vicky Buenos Aires, Argentina 02-01-12
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    "Harry Potter mix with Twilight GONE BAD"
    What disappointed you about The Night Circus?

    The reviews said that this book is the next young adult fantasy book. Even to the point comparing Harry Potter (the magical side) with Twilight (the forbidden love). But honesty, this book is so predictable that it make me sick to think I spend my money on it. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of both books (harry potter and Twilight), but this book just didn't cut it for me.


    What could Erin Morgenstern have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    In my opinion, I think Erin should have done it LESS PREDICTABLE!!! Twist up the story more. Make it more interesting than just simply foreseeing the worst.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Dale?

    No, Jim Dale is perfect for fantasy novels. He did Harry Potter and I enjoy his voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Night Circus?

    How everything is determine by fate. She was met to kill him and he was met to kill her too. Come on people!! Put more spice!


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this novel for people who aren't fans of Harry Potter and Twilight, but like fantasy novels, but go and find them!

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    R. O'Hare 02-01-12
    R. O'Hare 02-01-12 Member Since 2016

    rointysonsva

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    "Vaporware"

    A weak plot, beautifully described. If you like quiet foreign films without much dialog with characters looking at each other trying to figure out what the other is thinking, this is the book for you.

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    Ana Durham, NC, United States 01-29-12
    Ana Durham, NC, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Jumbled, no plot, dull unlikable charactres"
    What disappointed you about The Night Circus?

    Descriptions for the sake of just filling space. It takes pages to describe what a room looks like, but not even a sentence about the characters in the room. I read books to connect with characters in that book, not to get an ad nauseum description on their surroundings. This is an example of a college English paper on description gone seriously wrong.


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

    Not the genre, just the author


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    He's a great performer


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and anger that I spent my credit on it


    Any additional comments?

    When you overuse a technique like going back and forth with time and dates, at least make it not so jumbled. I had to make notes and an outline of time to understand events, they were all over the place. Also when you suspend all reality, at least try to explain how and why. For example if you are reading about vampires, yuen you suspend reality and can believe that they can perform amazing feats, but if you write about regular human beings and never explain what makes these people different, then believing that they live for centuries, stop aging, perform amazing feats and can stab themselves with a sword and heal instantly makes you feel just kind of stupid and leaves the reader confused.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta 01-28-12
    Roberta 01-28-12 Member Since 2011

    I'll read anything, fiction, nonfiction, sci fi, mystery, young adult, even a romance if it is well written.

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    "Rich and evocative language"

    The writing style reminds me of Ray Bradbury, mood and suggestion rather than a recounting of events. This book isn't so much about what happens, but how the writer involves the imagination of the reader/listener to create a unique experience.. Who's the illusionist, the author or a character in the book? Much of the tone is dark and ominous and, for me, slightly disturbing, so I would not necessarily recommend it for young and sensitive children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Columbus, GA, United States 01-27-12
    Elizabeth Columbus, GA, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    I loved the whole magical atmosphere surrounding the Circus. The characters are very human,and their drama is very human, but the whole thing takes on a very magical quality when played against the backdrop of this amazingly imaginative circus.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Baily was my favorite character because he was the perfectly ordinary guy, the Cinderella who discovers this extraordinary strength he has inside.


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

    Jim Dale brings magic to every performance he gives. His tone of voice carries you through the third person narratives so you feel as though you are there. Each character's voice in turn is entertaining, and alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to other books I really like a second time, but this is the only book I have ever listened to immediately upon finishing it the first run.I loved it and I recommend it highly to all my friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Marceline, MO, United States 01-27-12
    Andrea Marceline, MO, United States 01-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enchanting"
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have listened to.


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

    The descriptions of the circus itself develops the characters in the book.


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

    His character voices are so distinctive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening line grabs you and from then on you are hooked.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-26-12
    Andrea CHICAGO, IL, United States 01-26-12
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    "Surprisingly Good."
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    The story is magnificent.


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

    Marco and Cecile's love story great, not mushy or too annoying.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Jim Dale's performance was excellent, he made you travel through time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 01-25-12
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "DIdn't Finish It!"

    After reading and hearing so much about this book, I really wanted to like it. The story line was interesting, after all, what's not like about a Circus at Night. Alas, through most of the book, the characters seemed dull, boring and not especially endearing.

    The only thing that kept me listening was the fantastic performance of JIm Dale, I will certainly listen to more of his narrations in the future.

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    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 01-23-12
    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Disappointed and Bored"

    I thought I could listen to Jim Dale read the phonebook--and maybe that would be more exciting than this over-hyped tome. I kept waiting and wanting to love this book, but over halfway through it I was still waiting...and not so much caring. With so many more terrific listens out there, this one is a waste of time.

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    David Culver City, CA, United States 01-21-12
    David Culver City, CA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Children's book illustrator & toy designer living in Los Angeles. Addicted to audio books.

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    "Jim Dale is Fantastic! A perfect narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale's narration is always a treat and here he lends his talents to a very complex and rich tale. I can't think of another narrator out there who could have done this material justice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first it was a little frustrating as the tale was creeping along, but I eventually settled in for the long haul and found a rich world of living characters. The slow pace grew on me and I eventually was not wanting the story to end! The Circus was an amazing place to visit and the tale always picked up when inside its many tents.


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

    Jim Dale has a way of reading a sentence that doesn't SOUND as if he is reading, but TELLING you a story. This storyteller aspect fit perfectly with this tale. He is an awesome talent and the perfect choice for a narrator of such a visually rich world of the Night Circus.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, more please!

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