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The Carnival of the Night

Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Some call it purgatory, others know it as the in-between, but for those poor souls who are trapped there eternally it is simply: The Carnival - macabre mockery where night is never-ending, and a sadistic creature known as the Fool rules with an iron fist. 

And the Fool has one rule: No one leaves the Carnival. Ever. 

Christopher, the latest arrival thrust reluctantly through the gates, is certain that he doesn't belong there, and he's damn sure he's not going to be staying. To have any chance of escaping, he must confront not only the Fool, but his own dark past.

©2018 Nicholas C. Smith (P)2018 Nicholas C. Smith

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Dare You step Into This Carnival?

The Carnival of the Night could more be classified as a novella or novelette rather than a novel because it was a pretty short listen. I liked the story. It was a bit different than I expected it to be. It had a lot going on for it that was original.

The plot flowed well and had a lot of mythology to it (and used correctly). I also really liked the characters. Christopher was a relatable and interesting character. His emotions and actions were very understandable. The character of Cassandra could have been drawn a little better, however. She seemed kind of "generic magic girl". The character of Derek was great and the narrator did his accent fades and changes very well. I'll even give a rare compliment to the narrator in that he did Cassandra's voice very well. 

The narrator also did the other voices very well. It would have been easy to make The Fool sound really annoying but he wasn't. I liked it. I also liked the ways he voiced The Chef and Death. 

All in all it was a very fun, interesting read/listen and I liked the characters. I would like to hear more about them. 

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Original and innovatove

The story pulls you in with its quirky attitude that turns dark quickly. A seemless blend of ancient mythology and a developing new pantheon. Eager to hear more and dive deeper into the world.

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A Story That Begs To Be Read In One Sitting

At the time of writing this review, there were 58 5-star reviews (out of 58). I’ll add at least number 59. I won’t say that I went into this skeptical, but that’s a hell of a lot of 5-star reviews for a book.

Carnival of the Night was one of those stories that just builds and builds and builds. It starts off almost unassuming but by the end you find yourself wanting to flip forward (or skip forward in my case) to the end just to see what happens.

This was my first book by author Nicholas Carey and it will not be my last. He wrote one heck of a story that I had a hard time putting down. Thankfully it’s a short story/novella so I didn’t have to wait too long to get to the end.

Apparently, this story started on reddit (upon checking out some of the other reviews) and I’m glad that I waited until the entire thing was finished and produced into an audiobook because I wouldn’t have been able to just read it piece by piece. Carey tells a story that begs to be finished in one sitting.

Overall, a great story that was both well written and well performed. I thought that Christopher Graybill did a wonderful job helping Carey's words jump off of the page an into my ears. He was able to give the story that little bit of an edge that had me on the edge of my seat.