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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

Nope..once is enough

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

Too many too list.

What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

This guy is the best there is.

Any additional comments?

Has greed, fate, and love...and a giant. How can you go wrong?

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Best book ever

Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's okay, like every other audiobook I've read.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything, it's so mysterious and amazing !!!! Can't describe with words

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  • CJ
  • 11-12-15

One of all time favorite stories. I am a Revere.

Unforgettable. I've relistened a hundred times. Jim Dale brings the circus of dreams to life like a lover.

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Jim Dale made it Great!

The story was nice, minor plot twists..or maybe not.. Jim Dale reading made a good story GREAT!

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Absolutely marvelous

This book takes you on a wonderful journey. It makes you wish it were real so you could visit yourself.

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  • Myssi
  • Florence, TX, United States
  • 11-05-15

I loved this circus!!!

What did you love best about The Night Circus?

The details and the fantastic wonderful magical circus

Any additional comments?

This was a great book and I wish this type of circus really existed but not to the extreme the players had to go to make this work. The imagination of the author is just wonderful and I can't wait to see the movie!!!!

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A great combination of sweetness and mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great book! Perhaps a bit too much romance for the general style of the story and the thrilling plot. Otherwise truly creative and extraordinary.

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

The narration could not have been better.

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Loved It

What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

I loved the book, the story was great and the I enjoyed how it was read. I wasn't sure what the book was going to be like, but it had a beautiful way about it. It was mysterious yet easy to follow and made you care for the characters.

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

The Twins I think. He did them well.

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a great unexpected story

loved it. I went into it not expecting such a great story. I highly recommend it.

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Life Is but a Dream?

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I have just finished my second reading (listening) of it, and I will probably listen again in a few years. I already want to listen to the closing chapters again.

This is a well developed story with many level of meaning. The characters are believable in the midst of fantasy. The narrator is excellent with a wide range of voices. As he read to me, I had no trouble picturing the scenes.

I think this book would appeal to anyone who read the Harry Potter books, though it is a bit more mature. Both Harry Potter and Night Circus have a metaphysical theme.