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
"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)
When I found out this book was narrated by Jim Dale (narrator of the Harry Potter books). I did not hesitate to buy it. As expected, the narration was superb; however, the story is terrible! The characters are flat and you never get to truly know them or care for them. The story is weird and amateurish. Nothing much happens and the endless descriptions of the circus are very repetitive and boring. I regret spending time and money on this one!
If you love the allure of dreams almost as much as their realization, then you too will be enchanted by Erin Morgenstern's
The description of the clock of dreams.
Poppet was my favorite- but with the story narrated by Jim Dale- he does all the voices so well, it was hard to separate voice from character.
Herr Thiessen - the German Clockmaker who writes and converses in many languages- who has the skill of an engineer, and the creativity of a dreamer.
This is one of the more memorable and intriguing books I have read in the last 10 years.
It was recommended to me by friends at Book People in Austin, TX- who know what kinds of books will bring people together.
This is such a book that brings people together- to remember dreams- to remember to keep dreaming, because of the magic it brings to the world. In a way those of us who chase dreams- the elusive magic and wonder of chaos and order combined- are Rêveurs much as Herr Theissen and those who followed the Night Circus.
I look forward to reading more by Ms. Morgenstern.
Lovely fantasy world
This is an adult version of Harry Potter but better. The story line is more complicated yet simpler. There are no monsters and such just wonderful visions of beautiful things.
He was perfect for this. Brought a lot to the story
I could not come up with anything better
This book deserves all of the good reviews it has received. I would recommend it to everyone.
classic, soothing, a little boring at times
I had a difficult time getting into this book at first due to the narrator and the fact the book constantly skips around in the timeline (primarily between 1880's 1890's, up until 1902). Don't get me wrong, the narrator is very good, but the classic older gentleman narrator with english accent can sometimes put me to sleep and the way many do the female & children's voices can be a bit annoying. I do often use audiobooks to get to sleep at night though and tune out my husbands snoring so it definitely worked ;) That said, it was initially hard to get into (maybe because the narrator could get me to sleep in about 15 minutes) & the time jumping could be confusing since it took me about a month to finish, but by the second part of the download I was captivated. It is truly an interesting and original story that I will think about for weeks, months, or even years until I need to listen to it again. It reminds me a little of how a felt after reading Water for Elephants, but not just because they both involved a circus - because I felt the story was so interesting. If possible, I recommend listening to this one if you have more spare time, instead of 15-30 minutes at a time over a longer period like I did.
Harry Potter - Magical
Jim Dale is wonderful. Everyone of his characters are my favorite.
Could not stop listening
You will love it!
I was very excited about an imaginative story with an element of supernatural suspense. The book was a big dissappointment to me. It marginally held my interest until near the end when it seemed clear it had devolved into a pointless story of hyper-infatuation between the two main characters. I stopped listening right at the end just from sheer disinterest.
poignant, magical, imaginative
I don't really care for Jim Dale's narration most of the time, but his reading of the Night Circus is particularly bad. He didn't do much to differentiate characters' voices - he had just a few voices that he used for all the characters. But what really drove me batty were the characters' accents. He basically had two: his own English accent, and a really horrible Scottish accent, which he insisted on delivering in a deep and throaty voice, even when the Scottish characters are young children. Even more annoying, the American characters all spoke with English accents. I found that really distracting, and it made it hard for me to appreciate Morgenstern's writing.
The Night Circus is proably in the top twenty five percent of the hundreds of audio books I have listened to.
This year I have listened to The Game of Throne series, The Magicians, several Patrick O'Brian novels and others. I am not sure what I would compare the Night Circus with exactly. Perhaps it would be comparable, slightly, to The Magicians without the profanity.
Jim Dale could read the phone book and it would probably be pretty good.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a thorough piece of imagination from start to finish. Both the writing and the narration are entrancing and I quickly identified with the main characters. There were no distracting lapses in style, though I did get bumped off track once in a while due to the references to time (probably because I was distracted by driving or something inconsequential). I thought I read on Morgenstern’s web page that The Night Circus was rejected thirty times before being published. As I listened to the final chapters I found this fact amazing and can still barely believe that the first agent who read the manuscript would not have snatched it like a diamond at a garage sale.
I am a little more that half way through this story currently and have to say it is one of the best books I have heard ever. I have been an Audible member since 1998 and have listened to over 350 books This one is special.
Narration is one of the best. Reminds me of the "Water for Elephants" in the dream like first person active narration. Also reminds me of "The Prestige" for the magic and time period but much better.
You will NOT be disappointed. Wonder how they will every make this into a movie.
I fell in love with Jim Dale after hearing his absolutely amazing narration of the Harry Potter novels where each of the 20 or 30 characters had a distinct and identifiable voice. (No, not available through Audible.) Night Circus was a very enjoyable listen, both in plot and reading, but I was terribly disappointed that there was so little dialog for Jim Dale to work with. Way too much exposition ... not a good fit for Mr. Dale's remarkable voice talents.
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