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The Night Circus

[a Novel]
Morgenstern, Erin (Audiobook CD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Night Circus


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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.
Authors: Morgenstern, Erin
Title: The night circus
[a novel]
[sound recording]
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Books on Tape,, p2011
Edition: Unabridged, library ed.
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr., 40 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Subtitle from container
Compact discs
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Dale, Jim
Alternate Title: Night circus
ISBN: 0307938921
9780307938923
9780307938909
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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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This Jun 03, 2012
  • tallpinetree rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I do wonder at times, if I would feel differently about a book if I read it instead of listened or vice versa. Well I listened to this one and the reader's voice did add something to my experience. It was a totally delightful experience and I didn't have any comparisons with similiar stories. I just enjoyed this one.

Report This May 26, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While I was entertained visiting Erin Morgenstern's world in The Night Circus, the story never quite wrestled my imagination. It felt like the plot and tone were shadows of other popular books. (I was too often reminded of Harry Potter, Twilight and Water for Elephants.) Every now and then launching a new idea on the heels of other successes can work (here I'm thinking of the TV show Lost, which was developed from the then-recent popularity of Survivor and Cast Away), but more frequently it falls flat and is forgotten. Morgenstern is an excellent writer and her debut novel hardly falls flat, but I do fear it will be forgotten. I look forward to her next work and I hope she's earned the freedom to pen something more risky and original.

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