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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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    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 01-10-13
    Wendy Middleville, MI, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Maybe I just don't like fantasy............"

    REALLY didn't like this book. So many people had recommended it that I had to read it. I know I'm not a fan of fantasy, and I should have known that I wouldn't be a fan of this book either. Note to self: Don't read fantasy - You'll hate it and feel like you completely wasted valuable time!

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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-10-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2016

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "Wonderful start"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I would not recommend this book to a friend because although the story draws you in throughout the first half of the book, I began to lose interest as the story moved through the second half.


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

    I can't think of any that I would compare the book to. The descriptions were beautiful and the characters were beautifully developed in the first half. Yet, for me, the fantasy became too inconceivable and, therefore, I lost interest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when one of the male protagonists was up in a tree with his sister watching the night circus and he was given the dare.


    Do you think The Night Circus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this book does not need a follow-up. It was a bit too long as it was.


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    gina Santa Barbara, CA, United States 01-07-13
    gina Santa Barbara, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Magical Book Magical Listen"
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    Everything. There was a poetry to the story that was spellbinding, thanks in no small part to the masterful narration by Jim Dale. This book was definitely a treat in audiobook form.


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

    I loved the first meeting of the two main characters.


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

    Hard to choose, but I will say this: Jim Dale does a good job with the women's voices. He doesn't try to sound overly feminine - which in my opinion is rarely (if ever) truly successful.


    Any additional comments?

    A delightful read for one and all, but especially if you are an adult, or YA reader who loved Harry Potter and similarly-themed novels. The narration really lends it's self to the mystery and magic of this gem of a book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily San Francisco, California, United States 01-07-13
    Emily San Francisco, California, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Magical Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is complex and filled with all of the elements of a great story: developed characters, inner conflict, forbidden love and magic.


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    Elaine Shaker Heights, OH, United States 01-03-13
    Elaine Shaker Heights, OH, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not especially, never really engaged me


    What was most disappointing about Erin Morgenstern’s story?

    Too fantastical for me.


    What aspect of Jim Dale’s performance would you have changed?

    the performance was fine, it was the content I didn't enjoy !


    Do you think The Night Circus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


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    Jo SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 01-03-13
    Jo SPRINGFIELD, OR, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2006
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    "LOVED IT!! I WANT TO GO TO THE NIGHT CIRCUS!!!"
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    The descriptions of a beautiful, magic land. Or maybe the reader, I felt as though this could be a J.K. Rowling grown up Harry Potter story. (much better than JKR's new book)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Widget.He is a wonderful storyteller .


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

    Widget


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

    Yes (& I never wanted it to end)


    Any additional comments?

    I was enchanted from the first sentence. I loved the detailed descriptions. I enjoy descriptive audio books - I might be tempted to skim past some descriptions if I were reading it. Jim Dale was perfect for the reader. I loved him when he read the Harry Potter books and he was equally as great with this book.

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    Julie Westlake, OH, United States 01-02-13
    Julie Westlake, OH, United States 01-02-13
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    "Enjoyed this"

    The story moved along quickly and kept me engaged through my long commutes to and from work.

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    Heather Brunswick, ME, United States 12-29-12
    Heather Brunswick, ME, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Magical"

    Of course, Jim Dale's performance of this magical story is, well, magical. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know I would have been more likely to skim over the descriptive parts had I read it in print, so I'm glad I listened to it so I could appreciate the richness of the language. My only complaint is that it was a little hard to keep track of the time line in audio--the story skips back and forth from one time period to another, and the dates are given at the beginning of the chapters, so it's easy to lose track when listening. A good one to listen to with a print version handy.

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    Mindex New York, USA 12-24-12
    Mindex New York, USA 12-24-12
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    "This will take you away..."
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    I loved the story but together with Jim Dale's narration it was phenomenal. While this is a rather gradual story, the time it takes to build to the conclusion is well worth the wait. The description and detail of the story transport you to another world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intervening descriptions of the different tents in the circus. It seems as if there must be a place like this. The detail is just so incredible for someone to have created it out of thin air.


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

    No, but I recognized his voice from Pushing Daises.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 12-22-12
    Cathy 12-22-12

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    "Beautiful, almost musical prose, but not my genre"
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lower half


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

    The book just isn't my type of book. This book is for those who like fantasy rather than character development and a more realistic storyline.


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

    Jim Dale is great. He is not as good at 'voicing' female characters as some male narrators I have listed to.


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

    No.


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