The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern
Read by Jim Dale

13.67 Hours 09/13/2011 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780307938916

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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2012 Locus Award for Best First Novel

A USA Today bestseller

A 2012 Mythopoeic Award Nominee

Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award

Longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Selected for the September 2011 Indie Next List

A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction

Winner of Alex Award - YALSA, 2012

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Morgenstern’s exquisitely realized world will have [you] wishing to run off and join the circus.” USA Today
“Morgenstern’s novel feels crafted from the fabric of a dream, and the circus itself never fails to astound. For me, the only real disappointment was that I couldn’t buy a ticket.” Christian Science Monitor
“Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing.” Associated Press
“The world of The Night Circus is elaborately designed, fantastically imagined, and instantly intoxicating—as if the reader had downed a glass of absinthe and leapt into a hallucination.” NPR
“Reading this novel is like having a marvelous dream, in which you are asleep enough to believe everything that is happening, but awake enough to relish the experience and understand that it is magical.” Newsday
“A Victorian curio cabinet…In The Night Circus, Morgenstern makes the artificial real, turning atmosphere into art.” Kansas City Star
“[Morgenstern] employs her supple prose to conjure up a series of wonders: a maze made of clouds, a ship of books floating on a sea of ink, a tent that seems to contain a vast desert.” Salon
The Night Circus is the real deal, the kind of novel that will appeal to romantics, history buffs, circus aficionados, mystery fans, and lovers of a good story…Steeped in circus lore, filled with evocative scenes of magic and illusion, enriched by characters as varied as the clockmaker who crafted the circus’s iconic timepiece…The Night Circus is worth staying up for.” Bookreporter
“Get ready to be won over…Part love story, part fable, and a knockout debut…So sparklingly alive, you’ll swear the pages are breathing in your hands…The Night Circus defies both genres and expectations.” Boston Globe
“Dark and extravagantly imagined.” People
“Echoing the immense pleasure of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, The Night Circus presents a sprightly version of 19th-century English magic…A love story for adults that feels luxuriously romantic.” Washington Post
A riveting debut . . . pulls you into a world as dark as it is dazzling, fully realized but still something out of a dream. You will not want to leave it. Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife
So magical that there is no escaping its spell. If you choose to read just one novel this year, this is it. Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology
Pure pleasure . . . You can be certain this riveting debut will create a group of rêveurs all its own. Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake“A gorgeously imagined fable . . . An enchanting read.
A world of almost unbearable beauty. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader
Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for . . . This is a marvelous book. Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves: Within these nocturnal black-and-white-striped tents lies an utterly unique experience, a feast for the senses. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way—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 the players, 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.
But when Celia and Marco innocently tumble head first into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands—their masters intervene with dangerous consequences.
Erin Morgenstern’s singular and spell-casting debut is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.

Reviews

Reviews

by Bri 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
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Jim Dale's narration is delightful, but may soothe you into zoning out while listening.

The whole reason I downloaded this audiobook is because it was narrated by my favorite audiobook narrator, Jim Dale. When I'm not able to sleep, I want him to read me books to calm my conscience. I absolutely loved listening to him read the Harry Potter series, but listening him read The Night Circus was not the best for me. Because his voice lulls me into a sense of comfort (and almost to a meditative state), I would zone out for chunks of this book without realizing it had happened at all. Zoning out is fine with a familiar read like Harry Potter, but unfortunately wasn't great for my first read of The Night Circus. That said, I really enjoyed the story and may eventually read it in print... where I would probably give it 5 stars instead.

Author

Author Bio: Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as “fairy tales in one way or another.” She lives in Massachusetts.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 13.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English