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 love to hear Jim dale read and that is the main reason I got it. I liked the story line as well. It was captivating and I liked the mysterious feeling of the story
I loved it so much I'm listening to it again after my first read through. I highly recommend this and can't wait to see a movie version of this story and hopefully Cirque Du Soleil will be involved
The performance and overarching storyline were perfection. Dark and magical in the right doses. The non-linear layout did make listening more difficult, but it couldn't have started or ended better. Make sure to devote your attention when you listen. The details are SO important!
Yes, the story was told and written very well.
Celia was my favorite. She was a strong female character.
No, this was my first time.
The magic of the night circus is unlike any other.
This is a great story with new ideas. The author created a rich mysterious world. However, the ending was weak. It was obvious that the author was too attached to the characters. She took an extremely long time developing the characters and setting the stage for a great conflict then just let the climax fall. Still a good listen. The performance of the narrator was good. Some of the character voices seemed to be the same or too similar. He made Marco sound like an old man rather than a seductive magician.
I enjoyed the twins the most. I think because Jim Dale's character voice for them seem more rich and distinct than the others.
I loved listening to this. The story is a little convoluted but it's worth sticking with--the flashbacks and flash forwards eventually tease out a charming narrative, and Jim Dale's narration is of course fantastic.
Have been a listener since 2008. Audible programs are not very good. But the books are.
I have listened several times. It is densely layered with character, imagery and ideas. Well worth returning to.
Too many interesting characters to pick just one.
The best of narrators for this kind of story. He brings the same clarity and character evocation as he did to the Harry Potter books. A real treat.
A big, rambling and mysterious journey. An adventure. And delicious.
I am only familiar with the audio edition.
Tsusiko. The moment she is introduced to the story a flair of mischief mystery is introduced. She seems both wise and distant and adds the perfect amount of thoughtfulness to the plot.
It's hard to pick just one scene. Any time a different tent in the circus was described I was mesmerized.
Chandresh, who started off with hosting midnight dinners, had a flair and torment of the soul that reflected the underpinning conflicts of the Night Circus.
Deep, thoughtful, literary fiction—old, new, sci-fi, whatever—is my thing.
There's magic in the world and Eric Morgenstern and Jim Dale have captured it.
One of my "hidden talents" is always knowing what is going to happen next, but this book was full of anticipation for me! Which almost never happens! The writing is gorgeous, painting such vivid pictures in your head. I have listened over and over. And I am not generally a re-reader of fiction. I love The Night Circus.
If Anne Shirley could have conceived a story of a magical circus, I imagine she would have placed someone named Cordilia in a circus just like this one... The Night Circus is not "Anne of Green Gables" or Harry Potter.... but you love the characters in The Night Circus the same way. Or atleast I do....
I always love Jim Dale. He did such an excellent job on the Harry Potter books, and there are were so many characters, I sometimes have a hard time hearing new character's voices in other books he's read without hearing "A little Luna mixed with Mrs. Wheasley"for example. But this book I was able to get lost in, enjoying his voice and the story.
I wouldn't rename it.
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