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)
Jim Dale was the perfect narrator for the surreal and poetic style of this book.
The imagery, tastes and smells of this book pulled me into the experience.
Slight silly, mostly mellow, little lady.
I have listened to this book three times now and my enjoyment goes up each time! Erin Morgenstern, with the help of Jim Dale, creates a book that inspires and captures the imagination! This is a must listen!
Jim Dale is a master of voice and story...
This story is so well written I will now read anything Erin Morgenstern writes, which hopefully she's doing now!
She paints a picture with her words - I could see the world she created, without any effort. It was so well thought out, details and storyline. I felt swept away a secret world, I was only privileged too...it's a fun, twisty ride ~ of adventure, magic, imagination, and human nature...
I have dreamed of visiting the night circus ~ and now I believe it's a part of me. Very worth the listen or read...
The Book Peddler
I would recommend this to friends who like reads that have depth without plunging too deep and dark. The writing is excellent but the choice of Jim Dale as narrator was brilliant. If you have ever listened to him read the Harry Potter series then you will know what I mean. I had no trouble believing in the magic between the covers of this book.
Harry Potter, partially for the magic but probably due to Jim Dale's narration. Maybe Life of Pi for the unique direction it takes but not strongly.
I cannot overstate the excellence of Jim Dale's performance.
Morgenstern did an incredible job describing the wonder and magic of the circus. That is the only good thing I have to say about this book. Her elaborate descriptions of magical tents and off-beat performers initially drew me in but the plot and character development never happened. It all takes places mostly through dialogue and not action. The dialogue was tedious and often seemed irrelevant. Most of the significant plot twists were revealed by one character telling another, which took most of the suspense out of the story.
There was nothing to give an insight to these characters and they never felt real. The love story was inauthentic, melodramatic and unbelievable.
The story revolves around a high stakes battle carried on long distance with no suspense, no urgency and no sense of real competition. I not once felt that either of the character was in any danger.
I particularly did not like that Celia and Marco (the two in competition) were both raised and trained by sociopathic parental figures. The cruelties they endured as children would have left them unable to even understand love let alone declare their love for each other at first meeting.
Unfortunately, the narrator did a great job of reproducing the writing by using a flat almost monotone voice throughout. I had to keep rewinding to know who was talking. It was a very painful listen and I had to play it at 2X speed to finish it. I shouldn't have bothered.
I could give this 4 stars for creativity, but the writing and narration left me totally underwhelmed.
I loved believing, at least while I was listening to this story, that everything IS possible.
I don't typically like books where you have to suspend reason to follow the story, but this book pulled me in before I knew what was happening. Nice weaving of the story and I did not find it to be predictable. Great book! can't wait til the movie!
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I thought the story was okay. I just couldn't get really into it, tho I did finish it. This may not be the book's fault, I was possibly distracted at the time I was listening. But my overall feeling during and after listening was.....Meh. Jim Dale, however, was fantastic! It took me a little while to get over the voice of Harry Potter, but it didn't take long. Every voice was distinct. I think it was JD's performance that kept me going with this particular story.
Yes to both!
Sure, can't wait to readdress what imagative plot she devices next
No, but I do recognize the voice from a TV show, maybe only one season , about a pie shop.
His narration makes this book even more intriguing .
I really loved this audible but found myself re- listening to follow all the time , date & place changes.
No. I just didn't enjoy the story. It went no where
made it interesting
Jim is excellent, book was not good
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