The Night Circus

[a Novel]

Morgenstern, Erin

(Audiobook CD - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Night Circus
A circus, titled Le Cirque des Reve, comes to town out of the blue and without warning. Within its tents, young magicians Celia and Marco compete to be the best, having done so since childhood. However, under the backdrop of their intense rivalry, a blossoming romance develops.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Books on Tape, p2011
Edition: Unabridged, library ed.
ISBN: 0307938921
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr., 40 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Dale, Jim Narrator
Alternate Title: Night circus


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This was a life-changing read. I enjoyed reading online blog posts about how the author wrote the book. It made me feel that I could write a book. I always recommend audio versions of books if possible. Jim Dale's performance was outstanding! I'm glad I waited to read this on audio. "The finest pleasures are always the unexpected ones". and "..if I could put down in words everything I want to say, ... a sea of ink would not be enough."

Apr 28, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed the story and the host of characters. I know everyone loves the narrator, but I felt his voices for the kids/young people didn't sound young enough.

A magical listen, beautifully read by Jim Dale of Harry Potter fame. This story takes you into a fantasy world that you will wish is real

Oct 07, 2013
  • JCLKinsleyR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Magical tale that must be listened to. Jim Dale does a marvelous job bringing life and personality to each and every unique character. This is a rich story with description that puts you right in the field waiting for the circus to appear.

Jun 11, 2013
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like magical settings, this is a great read. I loved how this book whisked me away into a world of enchantment set against an otherwise ordinary historical backdrop. The setting takes the cake, but the beautiful and somewhat tragic love story gives it deeper meaning. Jim Dale’s dreamlike voice is an added bonus.

Apr 29, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Jim Dale is a great narrator, but I just wasn't feeling The Night Circus. It's a little too atmospheric and "oooooooh, magic!" and not enough story or meaningful character development for me. It's also in present tense, which I think makes it harder to listen to for some reason. Jumped ship halfway through.

Jan 30, 2013
  • MadReads rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Jim Dale (the reader) was fabulous as always but I thought the story was a little dragy and anticlimactic.

Jul 23, 2012
  • Kitkat15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I almost didn't finish this book because I found all the jumping around in time and between points of view confusing. I am so glad I pressed on, however, because as all the pieces started falling together I got totally caught up in the story. It was such a unique concept. I even found myself wishing the Cirque des Reves actually existed. In some ways listening to the audio version made the story harder to follow, but Jim Dale (the reader) just has a way of making any story come to life. I could listen to him talk all day long. I agree with Puckish's comment that the story is a little anti-climatictic but other than that, I really enjoyed this book.

Jul 11, 2012
  • puckish rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

(not so much) spoiler alert: anticlimax.

this story was a roller-coaster - plot, plot, and then more plot heading up hill... and then a steep crash to the end.

i really liked the interactive thinger online - http://www.nightcircus.co.uk/Profile/puck - for the opulent descriptions. i picked up wanting more of the story, and for the intrigue of the website to be explained, but i am really still more compelled by the website than the book. which kind of defeats the purpose?

i really enjoyed the reader's voice and performance a lot

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