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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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    jack annapolis, MD, United States 10-14-11
    jack annapolis, MD, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "the night circus"

    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.
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    Liz Arvada, CO, United States 10-12-11
    Liz Arvada, CO, United States 10-12-11 Listener Since 2007
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    Love Jim Dale! very imaginative story. Audible - you need to allow people to just rate the book!

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    Ruth Columbus, NJ, United States 10-12-11
    Ruth Columbus, NJ, United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Loved the story, well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Cirus


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    Poppit


    If you could take any character from The Night Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd like to dine with all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked everything about the story.
    Wish I could hear more.

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    Raquel Corpus Christi, TX, United States 10-12-11
    Raquel Corpus Christi, TX, United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen!"

    I could not stop listening to this book! If you only got 1 credit, this is the book to spend it on!

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    Lauren United States 10-11-11
    Lauren United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "FABulous!"

    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!

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    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 10-10-11
    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Magical Imagination!"

    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.

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    Sverre United States 10-09-11
    Sverre United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story"
    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    Contemporary enchanting mystery


    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    Neverwhere, in that it is set in a world close to ours, yet still separate from it.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    A circus in black and white


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Marsha E. Wood Lansing, MI USA 10-07-11
    Marsha E. Wood Lansing, MI USA 10-07-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Mesmerizing"

    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.

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    Sherry Pineville, MO, United States 10-07-11
    Sherry Pineville, MO, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    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

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    Jeannine Ludlow, MA, United States 10-07-11
    Jeannine Ludlow, MA, United States 10-07-11
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    "Great story, amazing narrator"

    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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