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The Night Circus Audiobook

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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    Cyndi HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 03-27-12
    Cyndi HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 03-27-12
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    "mediocre at best"
    Any additional comments?

    This book got so much hype before it came out claiming to be the next

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    Jennifer Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 03-25-12
    Jennifer Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 03-25-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


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

    Great surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an all around good book. It's a fun story and well narrated. I have since recommended it to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon United States 03-22-12
    Shannon United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2009

    S. J. Swan

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    "I wasn't sure I'd like this book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but then as the story unfolded, I had to know what was going on.


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

    I don't know what to compare it too.


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

    I have never listened to this narrator before, but I think he did a good job.


    Did The Night Circus inspire you to do anything?

    It didn't inspire me. It was more of just entertainment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 03-20-12
    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2002

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    "More Mash-Up Than Original Novel"

    If you want a great atmospheric novel about a circus - try 'Water for Elephants.' If you want a story about magic there's Harry Potter. But if you're looking for a messy and strangely boring combination of those rolled up with hints of Roald Dahl and some unfortunate similarity to Susanna Clarke's 'Johathan Strange and Mr. Norrell' then this is your book. It's certainly more mash-up than original novel.

    And one other observation: Jim Dale's performance in the Harry Potter audio books was excellent, but he is the wrong reader here. I believe that in a conscious effort not to reuse HP voices he ended up with a set of voices that were both uninteresting and too similar to each other. And in any case. I think 'The Night Circus' might have benefited from a female reader.

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    Stephanie 03-17-12
    Stephanie 03-17-12
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    "Imaginative"
    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    fun, fantasy circus


    Any additional comments?

    I love books with imagination. I would love to visit this circus. I am still thinking about it.
    If you can't imagine all sorts of new things, think out of the box or love with all you mind and soul, move on to your small town books. This one is for those who love to invent and soar to new places with no bounds. Go for it and enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-15-12
    Jennifer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Either you love it or you hate it. I loved it."

    After reading some of the reviews, I doubted I would like it.However, I adore listening to Jim Dale and think he could read a catalog and it would be an excellent listen.

    Anyway, I went into this book not expecting much. However, it was a wonderful book that a delight for all 5 senses. It was a mastery of words but without overdoing the descriptions into tedium. The beauty of the story was in its subtlety. The author didn't try to bang you over the head with what you needed to know about the characters, plot, etc...rather it is a dance in which you must be an active participant by engaging your brain.

    If you prefer heart pounding action, gore, lots of sex, or easily digestible material, this book is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-15-12
    Jennifer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Either you love it or you hate it. I loved it."

    After reading some of the reviews, I doubted I would like it.However, I adore listening to Jim Dale and think he could read a catalog and it would be an excellent listen.

    Anyway, I went into this book not expecting much. However, it was a wonderful book that a delight for all 5 senses. It was a mastery of words but without overdoing the descriptions into tedium. The beauty of the story was in its subtlety. The author didn't try to bang you over the head with what you needed to know about the characters, plot, etc...rather it is a dance in which you must be an active participant by engaging your brain.

    If you prefer heart pounding action, gore, lots of sex, or easily digestible material, this book is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa ROCK HILL, SC, United States 03-12-12
    Melissa ROCK HILL, SC, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who love magic.


    What could Erin Morgenstern have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Elaboration on the romance between Marco and Celia; finish bailey's story.


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

    Widget


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ann Hart Wheeling, WV United States 03-11-12
    Mary Ann Hart Wheeling, WV United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't understand the rave reviews"
    What disappointed you about The Night Circus?

    Several facets of the book totalled a ho-hum experience for me. The narrator was flat and did not seem engaged enough to convince me of his part in the story. Personally, I like this kind of genre in storytelling, except that I look for the plausibility of a situation being at least remotely possible. Night Circus was too off the wall to make it plausible for me to get into. Cups breaking, and then reassembling with the spilled contents in tact again.... I didn't buy it. Perhaps I missed the whole point of the story, but I was bored and never finished it. A loss for me....


    Would you be willing to try another book from Erin Morgenstern? Why or why not?

    If another narrator read the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lynden, WA, United States 03-10-12
    Mary Lynden, WA, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfection in story and performance"

    The Night Circus is an enthralling and enchanting tale of two people, raised by illusionists, to participate in a challenge of strength and talent. The Circus is the venue for their challenge and becomes more extraordinary as their efforts increase, effecting all the other people in their Circus family in a myriad of ways.
    This is an excellent tale for those who loved Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. The magic is there, but this is also london in 1890-1902. There is a very delicate level of interaction between the players and an overwhelming sense of, well, magic.
    Jim Dale's voice and performance are wonderfully matched to the tone of the book. While he doesn't do women't voices quite as distinctly as some, there is enough definition between characters to easily suspend your disbelief as you listen.
    There are lots of instances where a sub-par story is elevated by an exceptional reader, or an amazing book is marred by lackluster performance. Neither is the case here. The Night Circus is an extraordinary novel, read by an engaging and talented narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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