The Night Circus

The Night Circus

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307938930
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Dale, Jim
OverDrive, Inc

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Le Cirque des Reves appears without warning on the outskirts of cities around the world. Only open at night, it is filled with magic and theater, each tent a sensory experience, manipulated and sustained by two young people locked in a mysterious competition. Read by the great Jim Dale, this is a... Read More »

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.


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Quidnuncle
Jun 12, 2017

A delightfully woven fantastic tale.

SPL_Shauna Feb 05, 2017

This book is total escapism, and the audio version is well narrated by a fellow with a mellow voice and an ability to carry off the different characters distinctly without being overwraught. I told my coworkers that if Harry Potter and Robert Goolrick's *The Good Wife* had a magical book baby for adults, this would be it. Atmospheric, dramatic and richly imagined, this book is the perfect go-to for anyone who needs a break from the news. Honestly, I could roll in it, it's so good. Pure commute candy.

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trevordunfordswife
Nov 30, 2016

Excellent, excellent book. Should be made into a movie. Just wonderful - a great audiobook too.

cmlibrary_lmansfield Jun 09, 2016

The rich and moody description in this story about a magical circus drew me in. I enjoyed the characters and their imaginative love story very much. It's one of the few audio books I've felt compelled to listen to again and I even purchased the print version.

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MAXWHELAN
Nov 23, 2015

Terribly wonderful! A Harry Potter for gown-ups without the dark side. Any darkness flits by and only adds to the brilliant storytelling! The audio is such a pleasure! For teens too!

librarylizzard Jul 31, 2015

This is an epic tale of rivalry and love, set in a strangely wonderful circus that only opens at night. Two magicians are pitted against each other in childhood, and the development of their relationship fills the reader with suspense and longing. The narration by Jim Dale is reminiscent of Harry Potter (of course!) and fans of HP may find a spark in this as well.

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jacuadros
Jul 04, 2015

So charming and wonderful, especially listening to the audio with Jim Dale- So magical.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

This book was entirely wonderful. I loved it all. The characters, the circus, the set up and the conclusion, and most especially the magic system.

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geonrose
Dec 17, 2014

THE MAGIC IS IN THE TELLING.
This was a life-changing read. I enjoyed reading online blog posts about how the author wrote the book. It made me feel that I could write a book. I always recommend audio versions of books if possible. Jim Dale's performance was outstanding! I'm glad I waited to read this on audio. "The finest pleasures are always the unexpected ones". and "..if I could put down in words everything I want to say, ... a sea of ink would not be enough."

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LaPhenixa
May 25, 2014

Fun and enchanting. I liked the stylistic choices, and the characters, and the story itself felt like an adventure.

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