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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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    Spressy Irvine, CA 08-05-15
    Spressy Irvine, CA 08-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "starts slow but unbelievably beautiful"

    For some reason I struggled to start this book. I kept re-listening to the opening chapters or falling asleep while listening because of the narrator's dreamy voice. if you are like me....PUSH THROUGH.

    This book is a masterpiece. The world Morganstern builds is beautiful, haunting, and amazing at every turn. The narration is a perfect match. I actually teared up when it was over because of how sad I was to leave this memorizing circus world behind.

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    Jeffrey E. Rogers 08-05-15
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    "Just wonderful"

    Sorry was very well done. The author succeeded in creating a magical world. While reading the printed book is worthwhile, Jim Dale's narration put it over the top. Excellent audiobook.

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    Heather 08-01-15
    Heather 08-01-15
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    "Vivid"

    I LOVED this book! The imagery and the performance made the entire book for me. I wanted to read it again after only listening for 3 hours.

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    FMD RJ 07-31-15
    FMD RJ 07-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Beautifully Magical"

    this book took me on a fantastic magical adventure. i felt like a kid again

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    Ms. Mitchizzle KY 07-26-15
    Ms. Mitchizzle KY 07-26-15 Member Since 2012

    English teacher, book lover, and a little obsessed with books that talk about diseases that could kill you.

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    "Slow start, but interesting story."

    Good narrator, but since the story jumps around in time, it can get confusing if you take long breaks between listening.

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    Shannon Brumley-Monreal Houston, TX 07-18-15
    Shannon Brumley-Monreal Houston, TX 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A dream within a dream"

    Though this is not a book you can read casually fid several reasons (timberline chief among them), it I'd thoroughly enchanting!!!

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    Libella 07-15-15
    Libella 07-15-15
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    "Beautiful, elegant writing."

    It is easy want to read some things quickly because you are so excited to absorb the story. This is one of those tales that is so eloquent, so poignant, that you make yourself slow down and ENJOY.
    I love Jim Dale, but do wish this had a female lead narrator, alongside him. His female voices are not my favorite. In fact, he made me crazy with his version of Hermione in the Harry Potter books. But he does a beautiful job in general, and helps make this wonderful work enjoyable.

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    Shawn M Ahling 07-14-15
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    Everyone who read this book recommended it - LOVED it even. It was okay, not my cup of tea.

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    T. smith 07-13-15
    T. smith 07-13-15
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    "Beautifully written"

    I didn't know there was a hype about this book until after I read it. But I loved it. It was very charming.

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    krista lethbridge 06-30-15
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    I loved this book. This secret magical world of the circus is beautifully described and the narrator is perfect for this book. Definitely worth listening to.

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