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The Night Circus | [Erin Morgenstern]

The Night Circus

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.
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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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    Lauren 10-11-11
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    "FABulous!"

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Fantastic story, excellently narrated. I wish there was a sequel - I'd buy it in a heartbeat! :)

    The ONE thing that I think would make it better to have this in printed format was the dates... Because the story goes back and forth between different dates/ years, it was a bit hard to figure out what order things happened, because I had difficulty remember what happened in which year... but this is probably just because I'm forgetful... LOL! Others may not have this problem. :)

    I'd like to be able to flip back and forth between chapters and look at the dates before each one. (It might help if the chapters were titled with the date, rather than "Chapter 1... Ch. 2..., etc.)

    But GREAT audio despite this one tiny drawback. One of my new Audible favorites, for sure!

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    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 10-10-11
    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Magical Imagination!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am amazed at the imagination of the author, I loved it and of course who doesn't love Jim Dale as the reader. My only issue is I am so use to Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter books that it took my brain a bit to realize this was NOT Harry Potter. The story is wonderful I was totally lost in the story.

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    Sverre United States 10-09-11
    Sverre United States 10-09-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story"
    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    Contemporary enchanting mystery


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

    Neverwhere, in that it is set in a world close to ours, yet still separate from it.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    His voice is amazing, his performance reminds me of a grandfather reading a story, while at the same time somehow sounding like he is recounting history. Amazing.


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

    A circus in black and white


    Any additional comments?

    The story is not entirely chronological, which you might not notice right away when it is narrated. This is not a problem though, as the sections set

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    Marsha E. Wood Lansing, MI USA 10-07-11
    Marsha E. Wood Lansing, MI USA 10-07-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Mesmerizing"

    I have not listened to such a fascinating book in a long time. The language is rich and vibrant; the narrator, perfect. The Night Circus (Cirque du Reve) is indeed a dream, with illusion and fact intertwined. Certainly not a book for those who live only in the real world.

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    Sherry Pineville, MO, United States 10-07-11
    Sherry Pineville, MO, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it."

    Love it, love it, love it, I listen at work could not wait to get to work and get back to the circus made the day go by while I was transported to another world....Thank you

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    Jeannine Ludlow, MA, United States 10-07-11
    Jeannine Ludlow, MA, United States 10-07-11
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    "Great story, amazing narrator"

    When I started listening to Night Circus, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Jim Dale's voice, the narrator who did the Harry Potter Series (magnificently). That made this story that much better. I loved the story, my only complaint is that I wish the author spent a little more time describing all the countries the circus visits (though I know the focus is within the circus's fence, mainly). It spans many genres, so if you like mystery, fantasy, fiction, etc. it is worth the money.

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    Theresa 10-07-11
    Theresa 10-07-11 Member Since 2010

    I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.

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    "Sweetly chilling"

    The readers voice is wonderful first time for me to hear Mr. Dale...the characters are flawed...the beauty is dark...I have not finished this book and part of me does not want it to end the other part wants it to stop here in the first night circus. Will be fun to see where the story goes.

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    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 10-06-11
    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2001

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    "I didn't want to leave the circus!"

    One of the characters in The Night Circus describes the task of an author using the metaphor of a magician. If the author is successful, the reader is drawn into a new and magical world that for a brief period is hyper real, eclipsing the mundane world of everyday experience.

    Erin Morgenstern joins a small group of author-magicians whose works, at least for me, opens the doors to the fantastic and charms the reader through them into magical worlds. It isn???t just the creativity of the ideas and images presented but the beauty of the words as the images are painted in one???s imagination. The Night Circus was not only a well-developed story but an experience of visiting the magical circus and being caught up in its charm and enchantment. By the end of the story, even though the circus was closing, I didn???t want to leave. I find this same quality in the best works of Ann Rice and Neil Gaiman. To place Ms. Morgenstern in the same company as those two authors is the highest compliment I can offer her. The prose a pleasure to hear read, not only because of the quality of the author???s writing but because Jim Dale is an accomplished narrator and creates a variety of believable character voices bringing the book to life.


    For the sake of honesty, I feel that there are a few minor imperfections. There are a couple of places where the author???s turn of a phrase could have been crafted a bit better. The voice Jim Dale chose for one character didn???t resonate with the image in my head, and with another character I had a feeling he was channeling Dumbledore. These are very, very minor complaints, probably reflecting my taste rather than the quality of an audio book that was otherwise an exceptionally enjoyable experience.

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    christine gonzales 10-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A magical adventure!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of this book was wonderful because Jim Dale is such a talented reader. He can bring to life a wonderful tale with his voice. The challenging part was following the changing time frames, a task that would have been easier with a printed book to refer to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the premise of the story combining magic with the


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Jim Dale has a magical voice and I loved hearing him read a magical tale again. His skill with character voices is unmatched. i enjoyed every minute and felt it came to an end way to soon.


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    Amy Canyon Country, CA, United States 10-06-11
    Amy Canyon Country, CA, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Jim Dale is Amazing!!!!"

    The story is enchanting and imaginative. The story line goes backwards and forwards in time, which can be difficult to follow in audio. Jim Dale is the most amazing reader. His voice bring the story to life!!!!! I would listen to anything he reads...

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