Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan audiobook

Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare

By Darren Shan
Read by Ralph Lister

Blackstone Publishing 9780316605106

The Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan Series: Book 1

5.57 Hours Unabridged
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In the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, New York Times bestseller Cirque du Freak is the first title in the popular Saga of Darren Shan. Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to theCirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frighteninghalf human / half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In themidst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes thatone of the performers—Mr. Crepsley—is a vampire! Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes—but hismotives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrifiedDarren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous,disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley, and whatfollows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires. This is Darren’s story.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

In the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, New York Times bestseller Cirque du Freak is the first title in the popular Saga of Darren Shan.

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to theCirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frighteninghalf human / half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In themidst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes thatone of the performers—Mr. Crepsley—is a vampire!

Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes—but hismotives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrifiedDarren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous,disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley, and whatfollows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is Darren’s story.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fast-paced and full of macabre touches.” J. K. Rowling
“Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday.” VOYA
“The author’s choice of using a ‘mock-umentary’ style is a brilliant one…Readers will be howling for the sequel.” Children’s Literature
“Anyone who loves the humorous but hair-raising horror in R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series will devour British author Darren Shan’s first novel with equal zeal.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“A supernatural world populated by a really cool cast of characters.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“The scenario is compelling, and the author mines the exploitative history of early twentieth century sideshows to create an artfully macabre cirque du freak.” Publishers Weekly
“Readers…will be hooked.” School Library Journal
“The gripping plot moves forward at a lightning pace, and Darren’s fascination with the grotesque will ring true for many. Though originally published in England, there are no off-putting Briticisms, just a rip-roaring story full of oddities, low-key horror, and occasional, unexpected poignancy.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin Roark 9/13/2017
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A macabre buddy story with heart and intrigue.

In a crowded arena of zombie and vampire books designed to compete in one of publishing’s more lucrative genre/trends, “Freak du Cirque” penned by Darren Shan and read by Ralph Lister, stands out as one of the rare story lines that justifies a series/franchise of 12 books to fulfill its many layered journey. Having read them all, I experienced not only a rewarding respect of the author for reader intelligence, but also the pitch perfect sense of character, pace and rhythm both Mr. Shan and Mr. Lister coalesced into a saga that young adult and senior readers alike can enjoy without exception. I can’t imagine anyone who appreciates the realm of fantasy being disappointed in this rich and varied journey of a young boy growing up in a very believable combatant world of both traditional as well as compassionate and caregiving vampires. Delivering lessons of principal and moral rectitude, along with the visceral kind of action expected in a chronicle of vampire escapades, “Freak du Cirque” delivers high quality ear candy, indeed.

Author

Author Bio: Darren Shan

Author Bio: Darren Shan

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Demonata series, the Saga of Larten Crepsley, the Saga of Darren Shan, the Zom-B series, among others, as well as several stand-alone novels. His books are sold on every continent and in over thirty languages and have been bestsellers in countries including the US, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE. In total, they have sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.57
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English