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The Night Circus

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Erin Morgenstern

Narrated By: Jim Dale

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: September 2011

Duration: 13 hours 40 minutes


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.


  • Jenny Thomas

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lauren A.

    Everything about this book was perfection. I will miss it terribly. It's been a few days since I have finished this and I am unable to listen to any other books... Everything else falls short... It has simply ruined me for other books.. Hopefully I'll get over it.

  • CHelsea C

    This book was very interesting! I was always wanting to go one more chapter because it was so addicting

  • Lorin A

    I absolutely lave everything about this book. It kept me intrigued from the moment I started listening to the very end.

  • Rose Peralta

    Loved it! At first i was confused by all the jumping around with years and dates, but I caught on pretty quickly. Loved the characters and the narrator. I wish it didn't end lol

  • Cynthia Brannon

    I was transported by this book. The skilful and delicate writing took my imagination to wonderful places. I visualised the different tents and performers and felt as though I had been placed in their alternate world. If you cannot visualise or like to listen to books while doing ten other things, you won't get it. Don't try. But, if you are ready for a fabulous adventure, jump in. It does what a great book should do for you. I gave the book 5 stars but held back one for the narrator. He did many of the voices well but made even the young characters sound old. I had to rewind more than a few times becuse I was confused about who was speaking. Overall, a great experience.

  • Samira Alvarez

    Even though I semi enjoyed the narrator's voice the book was boring. Too much details but not enough action going on. Listening to this was seriously a drag. I'm most definitely returning this book. Don't waste money on this.

  • Vera Cordeta

    I feel like the book was made better by Jim Dale's narration. Many people complain that the plot runs thin, and I can see why the book would fail their expectations, if they were assuming that the story itself were about Celia and Marco, which to some extent it is. But the book is more about the circus, its existence, its vibe, its history and future. In that light, the story is marvelous and Jim Dale's narration pulls you in. I felt what I think this particular circus should feel like: wondrous and awesome and sensual, laced with mystique. It certainly piqued my fascination, and when I finished the book, I could not just leave it. I yearned for the story to continue and I was not willing to part with it. I was stuck with random bits of Scottish accents in my head for two days after finishing. Erin Morgenstern is an amazing author and Jim Dale's narration brings her rich prose to even fuller life.

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