• Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

  • The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 2
  • By: Darren Shan
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,090 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The nightmare continues for the new vampire's assistant in the second installment of the New York Times best-selling Saga of Darren Shan.

Darren Shan was just an ordinary schoolboy until his visit to the Cirque du Freak. Now, as he struggles with his new life as a vampire's assistant, he tries desperately to resist the one temptation that sickens him, the one thing that can keep him alive. But destiny is calling. The Wolf Man is waiting.

©2013 Darren Shan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great book

It was a great book I read when I was younger and revisiting it was great.
My only complaint is that they don't do a package deal with them sense they are so short

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Great story

Great story and a superb performance. Top notch all the way. Can’t wait to get the next book.

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Absolute favorite 📚

I have loved this book since high school it was wonderful to visit it again💗

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just and overall fun book

lots of ups and downs, creating a real sense of attachment to the characters. Ralph Lister does a fantastic job voicing the characters and their implied emotions.

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I can listen to Ralph read this series for years!

The book and the narrator were a perfect mix! I loved this series to begin with but with Ralph's tremendous storytelling, just made it even more perfect. Even more thrilling, even more emotional, and even more irresistible.

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vampires and not the ones that sparkle

A story that follows a young man who is learning how to adjust to his igsisence

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Very Satisfied!

I remember when I was in school I hated reading but when I came across this series I couldn't help but read ever book. The narrator did an amazing job I'm very happy with this series and can listen all day at work.

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fantastic

I really like this series so far. The detail is good, the little hints about what's coming up aren't obnoxious, and the narration is perfect! He does a really good job at changing his voice for characters and I don't need to be told which character is talking. I'm excited to keep listening!!

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My 🙌 My Hands lol

So good read these books Years ago and now listening to them brings back new refreshing memories!!

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Love

I loved this book as a teen and it’s been wonderful being able to listen to it as an adult as I clean and run errands! Love love love!

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  • Louis-Sebastian
  • 08-28-16

Speechless

Marvelous book and yet another perfect performance by the narrator. This book brought me both tears and laughs. Starting the 3. One in the series right away!

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  • Jamie M.
  • 12-10-16

Enjoyable second installment.

Great characters, enticing story and moorish.
Brilliant writing style that gives a real affinity for the characters.

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  • MACK BLACK
  • 09-26-22

Brilliant Story

This is an amazing book for young boys to enjoy.
It's about accepting differences in others, making friends and learning while playing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-22

This is the best book

This is the best book ever so good and I have been reading for only two nights .I was so engrossed in the book that when I was crossing the road I some how dodged a motorcycle.don’t do what I did but this is a goooooood booook

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  • Ozzy
  • 07-20-22

Developing well

The second book in the series picks up months after the first ends. The character's struggle with his new life is evident and taking its toll. The relationship between Darren and Mr Crepsley is fractious and difficult but through the course of the book, I found myself beginning to care a lot more about the protagonist in this book, the author does a much better job of creating sympathy for them.

Narration is excellent again. Captures everything very well.

The story itself seems better paced and the writing come across as more mature and developed than the first book. An entertaining listen. If you were a bit on the fence after the first in the series, its worth persevering with.

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  • smidge
  • 07-09-22

Loved it!

Brilliantly read. Great story. My daughter and I enjoyed listening to it together. (Some slightly gruesome moments so best maybe for a 10 year plus?) So enjoyable! Ace voice ✅

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  • RMK
  • 06-14-22

Fantastic memories

Childhood memories coming back. This story made me laugh, cry and smile all at once, this reading is fantastic. And Darren Shan never fails to write a gripping story.

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  • Richard Hawkins
  • 06-11-22

slayed

amazing i will never get enough of this series and am immediately moving onto book 3

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  • Lee
  • 05-30-22

Dark & Addictive

I'm loving this Cirque Du Freak it's my new favourite.
the nutation is great 👌🏻
can't wait to listen to the next installment.

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  • keith
  • 05-23-22

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant well read amazing acting and as always nail biting onto the next book

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  • PatK
  • 01-22-22

Young YA level or older middle grade.

Entertaining vampire book. Mild violence, no language or sexual content. Good narrator, I might listen to more.

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  • Ashlee
  • 10-30-21

interesting

really good listen. saddened but also buoyed buy the ending. looking forward to the next book

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  • N.R. Marxsen
  • 11-19-19

poor quality listening

I know this is a amazing book as I read it when I was young.
I bought this for my kids to listen to in the car, but, sadly, the audio jumps every 3 seconds and we are not hearing the whole sentences. I don't know why, but it was very disappointing.

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