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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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    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 05-14-13
    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Magical and fun!"

    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.

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    Anne United States 05-07-13
    Anne United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable Listen maybe even magical"
    What did you like best about The Night Circus? What did you like least?

    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.


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    Up North upstate, NY 05-05-13
    Up North upstate, NY 05-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful story well told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    I have not ready the print version


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

    Each time we see how Celia and Marco create things in the circus for one-another.


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

    I really enjoyed Celia - I loved her natural ability and grace and identified with her insecurities.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Vanessa SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 04-29-13
    Vanessa SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Story!"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 04-10-13
    Simeen Chicago, IL, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!

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    "Good narration, mediocre book"
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    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+.

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    Ann 04-07-13
    Ann 04-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Just not my cup of tea"

    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.

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    Jason West Chester, PA, United States 04-05-13
    Jason West Chester, PA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    I don't think this book compares to anything I've ever read or listened to before. It's so unique and interesting.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry, but I couldn't stop listening. I finished it in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're into detail, phantasy, and something unlike anything before, take a look at The Night Circus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 04-04-13
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2009

    I love books.

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    "Magical!"
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    Yes. I found the narration perfect and the story enchanting.


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

    Possibly The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater. Both had an element of the mystical while simultaneously feeling real.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself sitting in the car longer just so I wouldn't have to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful story. I have already given it as a gift to multiple people. Highly recommend!

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    DSD Georgia 04-04-13
    DSD Georgia 04-04-13 Listener Since 2009

    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.

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    "Only finished the first download"

    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.

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    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 04-03-13
    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ramble On.."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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