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)
You must suspend your disbelief to truly enjoy this book. It's much different than anything I've read (either via audible or print book), and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The writing is superb, the characters well developed, and the plot facinating. A must read !
The concept and execution of this book is so refreshing and original. The characters are so alive and believable in such a fantasy setting. I will be searching for more from Erin Morgenstern.
I was absolutely entranced by this story. The author evokes such lush settings, fantastical events, and characters I fell in love with. I'd be a "reveur" and follow this circus in a heartbeat! I was excited when I learned that Jim Dale was narrating. After all, he brilliantly brought a huge cast of characters to life in Harry Potter. There were some scenes -- especially the love scenes -- which were beautifully, sensitively narrated. I was melting. I didn't enjoy his voicing of a number of the female characters, however, especially Poppet. She's a young girl, not an old raspy washer woman! It's still worth the sometimes frustrating narration, though (and I agree that I was reminded more than once of Ron or Hermione) for the chance to float away on the dream of this novel. It has to be made into a movie -- so cinematic in its descriptions and magical settings and events.
This is such a lovely audiobook...a wonderous, magical story, narrated by the epitome of the circus. The writing is rich, Jim Dale is fabulous...I am 3/4 of the way through and am dreading getting to the end!
This is a rare and magical book. The world Erin Morgenstern creates is beautiful and imaginative, and you care about every character in it. I've seen several reviews which comment negatively on the non-linear writing but I loved it -- it underscored the strange world the characters inhabit. One of the reasons this audiobook is especially wonderful is the performance by Jim Dale, who narrated all of the Harry Potter books. Unlike those who were distracted by the familiar voice, I found it reassuring -- knowing that I was in the hands of an expert. I loved every minute of this and hated for it to end.
This audio book was so entertaining that I found myself sitting in my car listening to it long after I arrived home from work. Much praise to Jim Dale.. He is superb!!!
Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.
Very good story, very imaginative and entertaining listen. I think it lives up to the hype surrounding this book.
I was confused in places, dates & audio books do not especially go well together, you have to carefully pay attention. Also felt the story was over edited in places which could have been much more expanded upon, this is why I -1 a star.
Jim Dale was well matched to this story and did a spectacular job. Very dynamic, consistant and recognizable voices. Always great to listen to, top tier narrator few others can match.
I recommend this book if you like a good mix of fantasy & mystery.
Imaginative, magical and captivating. The Night Circus is dreamlike and haunted with dark undertones and surprises lurking around every corner. Jim Dale's narration is superb and a perfect match for the novel.
I was looking for odd - and maybe even a little dark. This had the tone and narration (love Jim Dale - that is why I listened in the first place) that sounded promising. It is a good story, great narration, but left me a little wondering in the end.
The story is oddly upbeat, but by the tone of the narration and the background music between chapters, I was waiting for something else to happen - and it never quite did. I enjoyed the book - will probably listen to it again to see if there were parts I missed out on.
I liked the concept of the magic, the challenge and the night circus and its influence in the lives of the characters. I enjoyed the detail and style of the writing. I would look for more from the same author again.
Overall - great performance by Mr. Dale, and a good story.
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