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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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    John ft. worth, TX, United States 03-31-15
    John ft. worth, TX, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Magical."

    Jim dale bring his incredible talent to this haunting and lovely story full of stunning imagery. Sure to be a classic in your audio library that you will want to listen to over and over again. Join us, reveur!

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    Jbdink 03-31-15
    Jbdink 03-31-15
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    "Unique story!"

    I pick up something new everything I read it! Very well told and the characters are super. Love this book!

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    Deadeye West Jordan, Utah United States 03-31-15
    Deadeye West Jordan, Utah United States 03-31-15

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    "Even better the second time!"

    Really enjoyed the story and loved the performance, Jim Dale is amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story.

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    David 03-29-15
    David 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ugh"
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    I just could not tolerate more than 4 hours of this book. The narrator was fine but I really could not follow the plot. None of the characters sparked any interest.

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    Clarice Marchman-Jones South Carolina 03-29-15
    Clarice Marchman-Jones South Carolina 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Image-driven Lacking Plot or Character Development"

    Some novels are plot-driven and some are character-driven. The Night Circus is description-driven. The writing is undeniably beautiful and almost ethereal with detailed descriptions of a most unusual circus and its magical attractions and the striking appearance and awe inspiring performances of its illusionists. At first, this was enough. I was totally “seeing” all the magic, feeling immersed in the setting, and thought “WOW! This is going to be GOOD!”

    Unfortunately, that feeling of awe and immersion did not last, because what The Night Circus does NOT do is deliver adequate plot for the length of the novel, or give the reader any reason to care about any of the many characters as they all remain one-dimensional. So many characters, so little development. What there is of a plot is spread rather thinly between the copious descriptions of the circus. The moving back and forth of the time line doesn't seem to accomplish anything other than a little confusion.

    Jim Dale's excellent performance kept me listening even after the story became tedious. If I had been reading instead of listening, I might have given up at about 40% of the way through.

    Although the prose is beautiful, I did not feel compelled to “bookmark” a single passage. As a matter of fact, now, just two days since finishing this book, I don’t seem to remember very much about it at all. I remember that there was a circus – at night. I remember there was an illusionist – but I don’t remember anything about her routine. There might have been some red-headed twins with kittens. Wasn't there a contortionist? And some folks with red scarves. Nope… fading … fading…. forgotten. Perhaps that bookkeeper/assistant fellow (Marco?) cast a forgetting spell on me.

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    Gina Blatt 03-28-15
    Gina Blatt 03-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly great book"
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    Yes, the writing style is beautiful. I would like to hear any details I may have missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a fantasy, without going overboard - did not feel forced. I felt the reader/listener could still use his/her imagination. The story was entertaining with brilliant descriptions (not overdone).


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    The listener could concentrate on the story and not his reading style. Great job!


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

    Mario, of course.


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    Jodi 03-25-15
    Jodi 03-25-15
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    "very descriptive and beautifully imaginative."
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    It would make a delightful movie with incredible special effects. The characters were well written.


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    Raluca 03-25-15
    Raluca 03-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing story"

    the story brings it's listener into an amazing black and white,yet strongly colored fantastic steam punk world...so much so that he makes you wish you could be in his circus

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    "slow start, great finish"

    a little slow and hard to figure out for a chapter or two, but then it is wonderful. when is the next one coming?

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    Linda Beyley 03-17-15
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    "simply amazing"

    Absolutely loved this story and the narration done by Jim Dale was just perfect... I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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