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The Night Circus Audiobook

The Night Circus

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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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    D. Guinn WESTLAKE, LA, US 01-04-15
    D. Guinn WESTLAKE, LA, US 01-04-15 Member Since 2013

    mee

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    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

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    David A. Heckman 01-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    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

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    April 01-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Magical"

    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!

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    Laura 01-01-15
    Laura 01-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book to Listen to"
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    Yes, the story was told and written very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Celia was my favorite. She was a strong female character.


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

    No, this was my first time.


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

    The magic of the night circus is unlike any other.


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    Amazon Customer 12-30-14
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    "Mysteriously good."
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    I enjoyed the twins the most. I think because Jim Dale's character voice for them seem more rich and distinct than the others.


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    Autumn Faulkner 12-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A really good story; Jim Dale makes it even better"

    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.

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    Annie Smart Oakland 12-19-14
    Annie Smart Oakland 12-19-14 Member Since 2010

    Have been a listener since 2008. Audible programs are not very good. But the books are.

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    "Magic for the more adult child."
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    I have listened several times. It is densely layered with character, imagery and ideas. Well worth returning to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many interesting characters to pick just one.


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you could take any character from The Night Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    See above.


    Any additional comments?

    A big, rambling and mysterious journey. An adventure. And delicious.

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    Raquel 12-13-14
    Raquel 12-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An Enchanting Story That Draws You In"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    I am only familiar with the audio edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to pick just one scene. Any time a different tent in the circus was described I was mesmerized.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Night Circus and why?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer 12-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Deep, thoughtful, literary fiction—old, new, sci-fi, whatever—is my thing.

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    "Fantastic story
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    There's magic in the world and Eric Morgenstern and Jim Dale have captured it.

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    "A Rare Original"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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....


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

    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.


    If you could rename The Night Circus, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


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