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The Night Circus | [Erin Morgenstern]

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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    Nicole Hawthorne, NY, United States 10-20-11
    Nicole Hawthorne, NY, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Enchanting and Engrossing"

    Just an amazing book. Going to ask for the book version for Christmas just so I can have it on hand. I've already listened to it twice and I got it about a month ago. I felt awful when I got closer and closer to the end, knowing that my time in the Circus would come to a close, but couldn't wait to know the ending. I believe that I am a rêveur and can't wait to visit the circus once more

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    Justin Horse Shoe, NC, United States 10-20-11
    Justin Horse Shoe, NC, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, great narrator"
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up. The story was solid but Jim Dale's narration took it to a whole other level. Once the first chapter started and his voice came on I go giddy as a fan of Pushing Daisies where he was the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interweaving timelines. You'd see things in the future that'd hint at things that happened in the past but not fully understand until it went back to those moments.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    I loved everything about Jim Dale's performance. It carried the story into such a magical place.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Circus magic for everyone.


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    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 10-19-11
    Dedrea RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    This was just a great listen. I have loved Jim Dale since I first saw him on Broadway.in Barnum (twice). This was such a great story and Jim made it a wonderful listen. I wish I had a friend to gab with about it. Perfect for a book club. Particularly the ending. Enjoy!!

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    Laura RENTON, WA, United States 10-19-11
    Laura RENTON, WA, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2010

    I like fantasy, prefering adventure over romance. I enjoy a fair amount of Young Adult literature that is along those lines. Some of my favorite series have been Tamora Pierce's Tortall books, Harry Potter, Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series and Garth Nix's Sabriel books.

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    "Dazzling imagery"

    This book was like a lovely painting or poem. The imagery used was very well done, and lush. Not drowning the story, but making the circus itself a central character. Jim Dale always enhances any audio book he performs, so that was a bonus. I look forward to seeing what else this author writes in the future.

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    Martha Trupiano Abiquiu, NM USA 10-19-11
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    "Simply the best"

    The narration, story was one of the best I have ever listened to.
    The creativity, and writing style of the author is exceptional. I was very sad to see it end.
    I can not recommend this book enough.

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    "Loved this story - Jim Dale is an amazing reader"

    Yes I thought the story did seem to drag a bit at times...but overall I really loved the uniqueness of the story and the characters in it. Very much a "Harry Potter'ish" magical journey. Jim Dale is an amazing reader although he also read the Harry Potter books and I really associate his voice with those characters. Overall I loved it.

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    Jamie Topeka, KS, United States 10-19-11
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    "Great book"

    Really liked both the story and the narrator. Kept me guessing where the story was headed. The performance was top rate.

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    Laura Cincinnati, OH, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Sublime storytelling - magical!"

    Jim Dale's narration - always superb - and the fascinating storytelling, spun like a circle of silk circus tents, absolutely blew me away - the author's imagination and the wonderful characters and story had me re-listening as soon as I had allowed myself to finish listening the first time - I didn't want it to end!

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    Carmela Eureka, CA, United States 10-17-11
    Carmela Eureka, CA, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I was a bit hesitant to purchase this audio, but in a moment of desperation I purchased it. (I had nothing to listen to, fellow audio addicts will understand) It was an incredible ride from beginning to end. I loved the reader and the story carried you along in a colorful imaginative world. I highly recommend this audio.

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    jazmin burnaby, bc, Canada 10-15-11
    jazmin burnaby, bc, Canada 10-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    I read a lot of reviews before I decided to listen to this fabulous tail. It's beautifully written, I wish I could have the words to describe this book as eloquently as the author wrote this story. Unless you do not like fantasy and magic you will love it:)

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