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)
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Sure I would probably try another one.
Not sure if he was the best narrator for this book, I did have to rewind a bit because alot of his male voices sounded too similiar and honestly I didn't really like his female voices they were not feminine enough for my taste.
Yes the book had slow spots which can be edited out for movie or TV show
I give high credit for creativity, an amazing night cirus that is a secret venue for dueling magicians that fall in love. I would have loved more stolen passion moments between the magicians to really solidify the star crossed lovers angle, also for the main characters you don't know much about them other then they are student magician set to duel each other. No personality behind them, I like to know if a character has a quark about them that is relatable to the reader so they are seen more as real people other then a book character. The author really got caught up in beautiful descriptions of the cirus that there really was no great introductions to the characters, so how do you care about characters that you really don't know?
4.5 Stars. What a great escape from reality. This is a book I simple couldn't put down . It starts out as a fantastic story where you are sure you knew just who you will root for, by the end you love all of the characters and their incredible stories. The author is truly gifted in pulling you into her magical landscape. Her rich descriptions of the characters and their surroundings make you see and believe the unbelievable. It makes me want to run away with The Night Circus.
Yes, it's brilliant story telling. The whole book keeps you dialed in with amazing plot points and just enough detail.
Just an addiction to find out what happens. It has so many different things going on that work into each other beautifully.
Just read it.
Big thumbs down for this read! How many words can you use to describe a tent? or contrasting black and white garments and fabric? The character development is awful. You might really enjoy this if you read tarot cards on a regular basis.
Sure, but probably only because it was Jim Dale reading it.
It's just personal preference, but I didn't really find this book that engaging. The premise of the book seemed really interesting and the idea had the potential to be so much better than I think it turned out to be.
I think it would have been better if the author took some more time to flesh out the world that this story takes place in.
Although there was nothing wrong with the choice of words, the development of the story was shallow as a whole. Nothing was really well explained or expanded into. Nothing extremely engaging happens in this book.
The characters weren't well developed and their relationships don't seem like a natural progression. It feels like they do the things they do not out of personal choice, but it's what the author wants to happen, if that makes sense.
Personally, I found the ending of this novel as lackluster as the end of the Twilight Series and upon finishing this novel, I was left feeling wholly unsatisfied.
Honestly, I would recommend any of my friends to just wait and watch the movie if they're interested in this book.
I've listened to Jim Dale read Harry Potter so many times that I admit, him narrating this novel played a huge part in my decision to get the audiobook.
His performance was spectacular, though that opinion may be (read: definitely is) extremely biased.
The only reason I gave him 4/5 stars is because I could recognize some of the Harry Potter characters in the voices he used for this book. Honestly, I found that kind of funny and I didn't mind it so much but there it is.
If the world and its characters were better developed and more substantial.
This story as a whole doesn't really live up to whatever hype it has but honestly, I'll probably listen to it again just because I like Jim Dale.
It was not even an okay listening. I barely managed it through because I did not have anything else to do over the winter break. Just like other people commented, this book is really rich on trying to bring out the visual effect as if you are visiting this weird circus.
However, those descriptions are really not supposed to be there. It feels more of book that was stuffed with a bunch of beautiful scenes just for the sake of putting them out there. It is not a novel. It is a book made of chunks of imaginitive descriptions. You might think, oh, that sounds fun to read, too. I am telling you that's NOT. The author is really bad at... just bad at writing novels. The book has really poor character development and storyline. Everything is predictable from the very beginning. It is pooly developed and written to a point that is almost funny to think of. Especially I just read Fountainhead before this book. This book looks like a joke for kids in the Kindergarden.
Do me a favor and DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS. Mr.Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is a thousand times better.
A Hundred Years of Solitude
I love this book, so I decided to listen to the audiobook. At first the voice was a little hard to get used to, but by the third chapter or so, I loved it. I highly recommend it!
Would strongly recommend this story - the author paints beautiful pictures that swirl magic and mystery into a story of romance. Magic, art, music all come together to give birth to a circus of dreams.
So many wonderfully written characters - from the Svengali magicians who are involved in the contest to the romantic couple who must find a way to end the competition without losing each other. The circus itself is my favorite character as it is so beautiful, always changing, lifting the performers and the guests above this reality and into another one.
Never listened to this narrator before
Romance and mystery combine in a circus of dreams!
Great story - beautiful, lyrical language, vivid descriptions and characters. LOVED it!
Jazz Cat's Mom
The Night Circus is beautifully and elegantly written and the concept is intriguing. The narration is very good. The mystery and beauty of the setting is captured perfectly. So, there was much to love - I wanted to love it - I thought I'd love it. But I just didn't. While the surroundings of the circus were very interesting, there was not a single character to love or to hate. The conflicts, so central to the book's meaning, were flat. The characters were one dimensional. Ultimately, like unwrapping a beautifully wrapped package to find it filled with Brussels sprouts instead of yummy Belgium chocolates.
Avid Reader and Listener.... enjoy classics, poetry, memoir. Teach College English.
Feast for Imagination
This book is Harry Potter for adults but only better.
If you listened to Jim Dale read the Harry Potter books and loved it you will be enthralled with his interpretation of this book.
Pure enchanting entertainment with lush imagery and lush imagination. This is what happens when you have an artist and a writer combined that has the ability to create a world where everyone wants to go. The intrigue, the mystery, and the succulent prose drew me in. I will say that the first time I started the book, (on audio) it didn't grab me and I got a little lost - likely because I wasn't giving it enough attention. Upon the second attempt, I listened every time I had the chance and ran an audio marathon for the last third of the book. I could hardly wait to see how it resolved but I also didn't want the beautiful imagery to end. It is easy to see some of Morgenstern's possibly influences and some of her motifs are very direct but I appreciate this in a book I'm reading for entertainment. This book is a feast for adult Harry Potter fans, Alice in Wonderland fans, and even fans of the Hunger Games because there are some similar themes. While I could only endure the first of the Twilight series, the romance in this book is understated yet electric. Perfect summer read.
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