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The Night Circus

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Jim Dale

13 Hours 40 Minutes

Random House UK

September 2011

Audio Book Summary

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.

Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs - the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter's daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer's apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love...

A fabulous, fin-de-siècle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, The Night Circus is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.

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  • Jenny Thomas

    This was my first audio book and I loved it. I thought the narration was wonderful.

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  • lana vassallo

    I enjoyed this book! It is so enchanting and magical. The narrator's voice is a perfect fit...he draws you in to the story. I felt like I was there seeing everything for myself. Perfect amount of suspense! The descriptive writing took me to a time and place far away from the everyday!

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  • Judy S

    This one was of the best books I have encountered in a long time. The story is mysterious and enchanting - beautifully written. I think listening was actually an enhanced experience, as the narrator's voice was perfect and made me feel I was truly there, in the night circus. The book has a dreamy, surreal feel to it. The characters are intriguing and there is just enough suspense to keep you wondering "what is going on?" and then "what is going to happen?" While the traditional love story component was a bit ordinary, the book made me contemplate magic and how close it might really be for any of us.

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  • JAD D.

    A beautiful story that gripped me from the get go. There were a few chapters around the Love story that did drag a bit. Beautifully written and with one of the most talented Narrators. His ability to voice so many great characters brings to life this story. Some where between the playfulness of Wonka's chocolate factory and a Shakespearean masquerade ball the "Night Circus" lives. This story could have easily have received a 5 star vote from me.... but the slow burn doesnt rise to the level i would like as it comes to a close. A wonderful tale that has one foot in magic and fantasy and one in the real world.

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  • Gareth Sanders

    absolutely fabulous tremendously wonderful, brilliant writing, I highly recommend .

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  • Andrew W.

    Great book! It feels like a painting with all the rich imagery. Not quite as fleshed out as the author’s other books narrative-wise, but the language is deeply moving and beautiful. Definitely worth the read!

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  • Zoe L.

    I’ve heard a lot about how good this book is, so maybe I went in with too high of expectations. The writing style is so formal and subtle that plot points that should be huge and exciting just don’t land right. Not bad, just not great.

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  • Paula M.

    Truly magical! And Jim Dale as reader was bonus!

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  • Sally T.

    It was kind of interesting. But not a riveting plot at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Great magical story exactly the book to get lost in

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