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)
Absolutely. The intricacies of the story line and seemingly unrelated plot elements need several visits to appreciate the character's journey.
Incredibly imaginative action and plot elements.
The trips through the circus tent itself try one's powers of visualization. The dinners however, would have been wonderous to attend.
The clouds in the tent.
Too good to listen to quickly, it should be savored.
I would recommend this to any fan of fiction or fantasy.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
Yes. Jim Dale!
I didn't read the print version, but I think the narrator was the only reason I stuck with the audiobook.
not really. I kept vaguely feeling that I would be happier if I were listening to Jim Dale narrate Harry Potter again.
same as above: I kept vaguely feeling that I would be happier if I were listening to Jim Dale narrate Harry Potter again.
I don't know about a tag line, but the film would certainly be visually stunning
Visually stunning doesn't work for me in audio format. The story wasn't that interesting, but the space probably looked cool. I would rather see this story than listen. It might just be a taste thing. This wasn't mine. I prefer more character development and growth and less visual description. (Is that weird? I am a sculptor--a visual artist.)
The ratio of description to plot and character development was off: so the characters were flat and the pace was slow. Also, the timeline frequently shifts, which I found hard to follow as an audiobook.
The narrator, however, did a wonderful job.
At first I was excited that Jim Dale was the narrator as I loved the Harry Potter audio books in large part due the way he made them come alive. Yet, when I started listening to the Night Circus, it was really distracting - as more than reviewer noted, the voices used for the Night Circus were similar to HP character voices.
It took a while to get past linking current characters to HP characters, but as soon as I did, I really got into the story. Too bad this is in the Romance category as I think many would love the book, yet won't see it for the classification. Enjoy it for the really excellent story that the book offers. A bit of magic is good for everyone!
One of my favorite. Great storytelling combined with a magical performance.
Don't mess with that title!
I look forward to more form this author!
The story had a complex structure and was somewhat original. However, less emphasis on all the magic that was created in and around the circus and more attention to developing the characters would really have helped. I found this book disappointing. None of the characters really came to life, If you like endless descriptions of magical events for its own sake then this is the book for you. Phew! Can't believe I even got through it.
If the book was great, I might download it despite his performance. The reading was adequate at best.
None. Developing them into recognizable and layered people would have helped.
First, you can't get a better narrator. Jim Dale, who narrates the Harry Potter series, is an amazing narrator and so I think this is much better to enjoy as an audiobook, rather than in print. The story was intriguing, it jumped around from past/present/future a bit, but came together perfectly The detailed description of the circus elements, brought me right there into the story, drinking the cider and exploring the ice garden with the characters. It was fun reading a story about illusionists and magic, as it gave the story a great plot. I didn't find this story to be mundane or predictable which is always a plus in a novel and I would highly recommend the book.
This is a wonderful, creative story and I could frankly listen to Jim Dale read the phone book.
The creativity of the plot and descriptions are amazing. A joy to listen to.
Jim Dale read the Harry Potter books and his performance adds so much to the whole experience every time. I bought this just because of him and I was not disappointed.
I was not sure what this was about when I purchased it - but so glad I did... It is a little Harry Potterish - with the Magical Circus - and the characters are very well developed. I was hooked from early on never wanted to shut down the recording. Can't wait for her next book..
The narrator was tiresome. There were many characters, but little difference between the voices. The narrator was also over-dramatic, breathless and borint.
Breathless, boring, unimaginative
THe book promised a lot, but delivered little. It has much pretense of dark, star crossed lovers. However, the relationship is not well developed and becomes tedious. Most of the other characters are just there to populate the story, and are not compelling in themselves. Although it deals with magic, it has little excitement. It labors on to create a plot line that should be wonderful and surprising, but it's not. Overall, a disapointing read.
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