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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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    Nancy K. 10-20-14
    Nancy K. 10-20-14
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    "Loved It!"
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't listen to it again but as I've said in other reviews, I'm not a big re-reader. I read so much that it's tough to find time to reread although I do have a few favorites that I do reread. This just isn't one of them.


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

    I don't know if I could compare it to anything else... it was very unique.


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

    That's a terrible question. It was a narration, not a dramatization so he didn't really "perform" any characters. He had the accents down beautifully.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the descriptions of the circus and the meals. I felt that they were richly drawn - like the labyrinth and the wishing tree.


    Any additional comments?

    People seem to either love or hate this one.

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    Debbii/Arley Letchworth 10-18-14

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    "So far this book is absolutely fascinating!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its absolutely intriguing, captivating, & really and intruely fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cecilia, she seems, really talented, & gifted.


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

    First time ever listening to him.


    If you could take any character from The Night Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Cecilia, to learn her powers.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a pretty fascinating book. It took me a couple of times to play it back to get into it, because he tends to read it a bit too fast, but now I'm getting into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Pivik 10-16-14
    Kelly Pivik 10-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Atmospheric & Breathtaking"

    When I started listening to The Night Circus, I was dubious. About half way through, I almost quit listening. I'm not a quitter, so I kept listening. I couldn't be happier that I did. You may need some time to connect with the characters, but you will. They are very real. I think the main reason they are so compelling is Jim Dale's narration - it is incredible. I'm currently listening to this for the second time, and it holds up very well. I strongly recommend this.

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    Kathryn 09-27-14
    Kathryn 09-27-14
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    "Truly Wondrous!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    When you hear the words "magician" or "circus" you think of a child's tale--cute and one dimensional. This is not that kind of story. This is much more. It has every ounce of wonder and imagination found in a child's tale, imbued with just enough of the 'adult' in order to suck you completely into a world where you again believe that anything is truly possible. It is written with such grace that it is nearly poetic in sections and the story is so masterfully woven that its sections and chapters glide onto place at the end, as a well thought out story will do, and simultaneously crash together as the feel of the story demands. It was truly an escape from the mundane of reality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to choose a favorite since one character wouldn't be the same without another. I loved Marco's charm and Celia's ingenuity equally. I think that her clever solution won the "challenge" and he won her.


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have always underestimated the vocals for these types of things. Listening to a book is a matter of convenience more than anything for me and print is still preferable. But Jim Dale has redefined this a bit. He was truly a performer and added a kind of...sparkle...that I don't think would have been there should I have read it. It was superb acting that made this listen an experience and not just convenience. It fit perfectly with the story as a whole.


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

    I didn't have an "extreme reaction" to any portions in particular. I did often catch myself imagining the impossibilities and "ethereal enigmas" of Le Cirque de Reves while gazing at the ceiling or widely smiling in the car.


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    NYC wheeler 09-11-14
    NYC wheeler 09-11-14 Member Since 2009

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    "So imaginative, interesting, worthy of a re-read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    The plot and the world that is imagined is probably the best part although the performance is also very good and the characters are very good.


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

    It's hard to compare it to anything, and that's a wonderful thing in a book.


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

    The two lead characters were my most favorite, (sorry I'm terrible with names) but the two sisters and the death of the first, that is very sad.


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

    Yes and no. I want to make a good book the last but I also wanted to keep listening. I was sad when it was over, which is extremely unusual for me.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, even if I hadn't gotten it on sale I would definitely say worth a credit or just a flat out purchase, it's that good. I think that's the first time I've sad that, after about 100 books listened to, give or take.

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    Amazon Customer Wildwood, MO, United States 09-07-14
    Amazon Customer Wildwood, MO, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.

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    "What an imagination!"

    This was a clever story. How she every came up with it is more than amazing but it was fun to listen to. There was a great plot with loads of off shoots to try and keep track of through the entire story. I really enjoyed the characters and "characters" is exactly what they all were. The Night Circus traveled from town to town adding to itself as it goes with the most remarkable tents to visit. Each tent is magnificent and your imagination is called to action as each is described through out the story. Jim Dale did an excellent job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 09-06-14
    Kimberly 09-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Never enjoyed books until audible and now I'm an addict.

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    "Hard to follow"
    What did you like best about The Night Circus? What did you like least?

    It's an interesting storyline but listening was hard to follow I think actually reading would be a bit easier, though not sure why.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The constant change of time and person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 08-30-14
    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 08-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    This book was read so amazingly well. You forget there is only one ready.......amazing. I have only listened to the book and I would consider listening to it again.


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

    When the main characters finally meet and challenge each other in their talents.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh man.......this one is hard. It was so well written that I could actually experience the circus and all its beauty.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be prepared to be mesmerized!!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a sweet story from the beginning to the end. Worth it!!

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    cindy 08-22-14
    cindy 08-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved everything about this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    The Night Circus is one of my all time favorite audio books! The narration was fantastic and the writing was beautiful!

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    Laura 08-21-14
    Laura 08-21-14

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    "Enchanting and Bewitching"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    The compelling and unique storyline, expert writing, and top of the line narration collide to make one of my favorite audiobooks ever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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