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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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    Bethany 04-03-15
    Bethany 04-03-15
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    "A magical story where the urgency falls short"

    Numerous are the characters and magical events, but few are the ones we grow to love individually. It's the idea of the circus that most captivates Morgenstern--it's given a place of importance where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. But if you're looking to know, identify with, and adoringly care for the inhabitants of the circus, you may come up short.

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    undrwo 04-02-15
    undrwo 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "a true work of art"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    I grew up on Jim Dale's story-tape version of the Harry Potter books, so hearing him talk to me about magic again was compelling, soothing, a blast from the past and a complete delight. He's a truly remarkable narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

    Probably the scene that stuck with me most was the one of the father teaching his daughter with cruel and unorthodox methods. It's such a pretty, beautiful book, but that moment was so gruesome and harrowing.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    Celia- it's a rare man who can perform women so beautifully and richly, and he captures her perfectly. You aren't even aware, after long enough, that it's a man playing a woman, you just hear her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pass- I'm terrible at taglines! But if this were a movie I'd see it in Imax, twice.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the things I also really like about this book is that it's fantasy that isn't based on a fight in the traditional sense of the word- a competition, yes, and there's even some bloodshed, but the protagonist/antagonist tradition is torn down and what emerges instead is complex and beautiful and poignant.

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    KatesAmazon 04-01-15
    KatesAmazon 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Mesmerizing"

    Narrator made the story believable
    Could not stop listening. Definitely a second read. Author is added to my list PC wanting more

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    Gina PLEASANTON, CA, United States 04-01-15
    Gina PLEASANTON, CA, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, slow start"

    I almost gave up on this book a few times but I am glad I didn't. It was great at the end! Great for all ages.

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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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