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)
This book was ranked as a 5 star. I thought it was a zero. Do yourself a favor and don't even start it. It's convoluted, not believable, and very boring and while the reader took great pains to make something out of nothing, in my opinion he failed. I made myself go the end hoping it would redeem itself. But it didn't. I am sorry I wasted my time on it.
By time time I was one hour into this book I desperately wanted to go to the Le Cirque des Reves. The beautiful prose creates an amazing world which we learn is the battleground of two interesting people who happen to be powerful magicians. If you have no patience for books about magic (like Jonathan Strange and Mrs. Norrell), you might not like it but otherwise I highly recommend it. Jim Dale does a very nice job of voicing a varied cast of characters. BTW, ff you find out where Le Cirque des Reves is right now, let me know and I'll meet you there.
I love BOOKS and reading, listening is as good when I can't look at the book. I listen every minute driving.
The plot and premise of this book is great, well though out and very imaginative. The novel sucked me in and kept me around just like the visitors to the circus, I have become a Reveur.
The sights, sounds and smells of the circus are so vivid I can still feel it all right now. Jim Dale weaves his own vocal magic into this book in the same way Celia and Marco do to the circus.
I recommend this book to all. You won't be disappointed.
I absolutely loved this story and the narration that carried it perfectly. As soon as it ended, I wanted to start it all over again
I write, I read, I cook, I watch movies...I'm a big kid.
Think Cirque du Soleil meets Harry Potter with youthful imagination and mature sophistication. Listening to this story is like hearing a secret that no one else can handle, except you.
A Traveling Listener
I think this was a good listen. The story was longer than necessary due to detailed descriptions that were often repetative - however I could not decide whether they were without value. The characters were interesting and the narrator was able to convey each with subtle difference in voice and tone. There were a few times that I had difficulty knowing who was speaking but that was because I listen in my car and came in and out of the story at strange times. Overall I am glad I experienced the Night Circus.
Reading and listening to this book is like going to Wonderland or Neverland and meeting all new characters. The descriptions are amazing and the creations are magical. As always, Jim Dale does a wonderful job delivering this story to us. I will agree that the women kind of sound like a Monty Python version of what a woman sounds like, but I pretend it is all part of the show.
The story is magical. The narration is brilliant. The experience of listening to this book is enchanting. While this is a fantasy set in a Victorian period, it is as much a fairytale, mystery, romance... Some fantasy is escape while some is metaphor. This book explores many themes and ideas with well-developed characters and a clever plot that is engaging. This is not just fancy, it is fine literature to be savored.
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