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The Night Circus Audiobook

The Night Circus

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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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    Lucky Ducky 02-09-15
    Lucky Ducky 02-09-15
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    "Wonderful story and performance"

    I enjoyed the story and performance-'full of imagery and interesting characters. The story and Jim Dale's narration pulls the listener into the world of the night circus.

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    tlwiebe1 02-07-15
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    "Enjoyable"

    The narration was excellent, portrayal of characters was distinct but not garish. Enjoyed the allusion to "The Tempest" . I will definitely keep this in my collection.

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    Peleina 02-06-15
    Peleina 02-06-15
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    "mystical"

    a story filled with twists and turns and unexpected events. its brought to life by the captavating narrator and made every mystery more intriguing.

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    Megan 02-05-15
    Megan 02-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    This book is written beautifully and the narration by Jim Dale is splendid. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book. It is now one of my favorite books of all time.

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    rebecca boodt 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "outstanding!"

    I don't usually write reviews, but the imagery in this story were so magical I had to. if you have an imagination and like opportunities to soar outside your own reality, you will love this book.
    add a captivating plot with interwoven characters and this book is a gem!

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    Amy-Elizabeth Atlanta, Georgia 02-03-15
    Amy-Elizabeth Atlanta, Georgia 02-03-15 Member Since 2015

    a powermad school teacher.

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    "Can an audiobook be resplendent?!"

    Jim Dale's excellent narration and story are such a perfect match. Completely engaging and wonderful to hear. Definitely worth buying.

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    Ann in Duluth 02-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A sumptuous feast for the ears"
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    The descriptions of the Circus and the people who populate it; in fact, all of the descriptions are gorgeous without being laborious and truly were a feast for the ears. I SAW the Circus and its many unusual tents.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great, sweeping story that stays manageable by focusing on the experiences of a good handful of excellently rendered characters.

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    Stephanie Corder 02-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb!"

    Loved reading this book in the paper format, but Jim Dale's wonderful reading of it made it even better.
    Thank you!

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    Jaime 02-01-15
    Jaime 02-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I really wanted to like it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got 4 hours in and just didn't feel like it was really going anywhere. I think I gave it a pretty good chance to get going, but I just couldn't finish it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make anything happen. Anything.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Jim Dale's performance was good.


    Was The Night Circus worth the listening time?

    no, I quit listening 4 hours in.


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    Heather 02-01-15
    Heather 02-01-15
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    "A lovely story"

    I loved this story, from beginning to end, the way it wove through time and characters. And Jim Dale is my favorite reader, just perfect!

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