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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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    Chris 11-12-12
    Chris 11-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite book changed after 20 years."
    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Jim Dale was the perfect narrator for the surreal and poetic style of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The imagery, tastes and smells of this book pulled me into the experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Kansas City, MO, United States 11-08-12
    Elizabeth Kansas City, MO, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Slight silly, mostly mellow, little lady.

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    "One of my favorites! "

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Fort Lupton, CO, United States 11-08-12
    Heather Fort Lupton, CO, United States 11-08-12
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    "Excellent ~ captivating ~ Magical!!!"

    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...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    artifitz44 White Salmon, WA 11-05-12
    artifitz44 White Salmon, WA 11-05-12 Member Since 2002

    The Book Peddler

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    "Excellent mix of real and surreal."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    I cannot overstate the excellence of Jim Dale's performance.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 10-30-12
    Susan 10-30-12
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    "Pay attention to bad reviews."

    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.

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    Shilo 10-29-12
    Shilo 10-29-12
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    "I would pay a miilion dollars to go to this circus"
    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    I loved believing, at least while I was listening to this story, that everything IS possible.


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    Jennifer Ottawa, KS, United States 10-23-12
    Jennifer Ottawa, KS, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprising!"
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    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!

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    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 10-11-12
    Denise Valencia, CA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2007

    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!

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    "Jim Dale, not Harry Potter."

    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.

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    Pamela MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 10-10-12
    Pamela MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous Fantasy"
    Would you try another book from Erin Morgenstern and/or Jim Dale?

    Yes to both!


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

    Sure, can't wait to readdress what imagative plot she devices next


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

    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 .


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this audible but found myself re- listening to follow all the time , date & place changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carla United States 10-06-12
    carla United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't really care for it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I just didn't enjoy the story. It went no where


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    made it interesting


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

    Jim is excellent, book was not good


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Interesting characters


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