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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (148,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erin Morgenstern Narrator: Jim Dale Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307938916
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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

  • “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

  • “Morgenstern’s exquisitely realized world will have [you] wishing to run off and join the circus.”

    USA Today

  • “Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing.”

    Associated Press

  • “Dark and extravagantly imagined.”

    People

  • 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
  • “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

  • 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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “A Victorian curio cabinet…In The Night Circus, Morgenstern makes the artificial real, turning atmosphere into art.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “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

  • 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
  • A world of almost unbearable beauty. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the September 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of Alex Award - YALSA, 2012
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012 Locus Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2012 Mythopoeic Award Nominee
  • A 2014 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 2/17/2014

    " I can't wait til the circus comes to my town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marji | 2/15/2014

    " Fantastic imagery, great concept, but somehow I just never cared about the characters "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill Sonderby | 1/21/2014

    " Well, I can't quite say that I read this one. While the imagery was fanciful and creative, the story was a bore and I put it down, never to pick it up again. The author seems to have lumped her dreams and visions of magic and the use of black and white all into this book, but forgot to make the characters interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Beightol | 1/5/2014

    " Great for book club, not long or heavy read. Lots of different aspects (romance, mystery, drama) so appeals to large dynamic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauri | 1/4/2014

    " This book was amazing. I hope the author writes or has written others. Her descriptions were so vivid, it was like a movie in my head. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jie | 12/18/2013

    " First half: 4 stars; Second half: 2 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Smith | 12/4/2013

    " How do you mark read 1/2a book? Does that tell you enough? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brailynne Corr | 11/30/2013

    " Mesmerizing! I fell in love with the characters and their magical world. There was only one obscenity near the beginning of this book, and all it did for me was detract from the otherwise beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Olson | 11/16/2013

    " This book was enthralling. A fun read and very imaginative. Her website is fun too. I wish she'd write another book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iheartbooks | 10/26/2013

    " This book was surprisingly good. I loved the visual descriptions. The book dragged on for a bit towards the end but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Wagstaff | 10/26/2013

    " I loved this book! It jumps around a little in time and location, with a couple if intertwining story lines, but I love that. It kept me engaged and excited to see what would be in the next chapter. I also imagined that this would make for a stunning film visually, plot/character too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 9/28/2013

    " This was not a book I would probably pick on my own to read, but it was a book group selection. I enjoyed the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Hilton | 7/31/2013

    " Absolutely loved it! Was such a fun read, definitely recommend it to all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ben | 7/22/2013

    " A friend offered this description of the book "it is like unwrapping a piece of expensive dark chocolate. ". Which proved to be true but regretfully the chocolate ended with about 65 pages left. Everyone agrees the arc drops off to soon. But the book is lovely. I read t in two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alli | 7/14/2013

    " The story was entertaining. I wouldn't say it's the most outstanding book ever, but it was fun to read. I did have a hard time keeping up with the dates changing back and forth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trine | 6/5/2013

    " Vanlig sirkus vil aldri bli det samme etter denne!! For en fantasi:-D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janeen Elliott | 5/19/2013

    " Easy read, well written. Fun characters interesting idea. Although I wasn't completely drawn to any one character, the concept was super fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Carpenter | 3/15/2013

    " This book painted such a beautiful picture that it's one I would like to see as a movie. Normally I don't see movies of books I've read because they don't do the book justice. But I'd make an exception for this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Mcdougal-payne | 1/9/2013

    " Pleasant read! I couldn't put it down. Loved the narration as I listened to the audiobook. It is read by Jim Dale who also read the Harry Potter series. I recommend this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 e | 7/4/2012

    " switched to audio halfway throgh: definitely more enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Mortensen | 5/6/2012

    " I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I thought it was very clever. I also felt like it fell apart in the end. It seemed rushed - and I would have liked to know a little bit more about how the circus survived and what happened to everyone. I will recommend this book to my friends and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenora | 4/22/2012

    " Really liked this book. It was so different than anything else I'd read lately. It really put my imagination to work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Guilbault | 2/25/2012

    " It took me a while to get into it and figure out who was who, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 12/28/2011

    " I LOVED this book. It really caught me up into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Reich oswald | 12/5/2011

    " just got done reading. Wonderful, exquisite, magical. like nothing i have EVER read before!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 11/8/2011

    " Good story; fascinating and creative. The solution to the main problem felt a little clunky but overall this was an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brigid | 11/8/2011

    " Well-written, unique storylines, character development...the recipe for an amazing book, yet I can't put my finger on what didn't amaze me. I liked this book, but I don't know why I wasn't pulled in stronger. Worth reading, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 11/7/2011

    " I loved this fantasy. The ending was perfect, but a little abrupt for me. Lovely combination of magic and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 11/7/2011

    " It's a cross between The Book Thief and Water For Elephants. It's romantic and confusing and beautifully written, with an end that gives closure but keeps you yearning for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 11/7/2011

    " I think if I had had lower expectations I would have like this book better -- it was over hyped.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 11/7/2011

    " A beautiful story full of magic and reality reversed that reminded me of Isabel Allende. Fascinating ideas about motivation and manipulation, face value and looking deeper, and what it sometimes costs to hold things together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M | 11/7/2011

    " Great book. A little mystery, magic and romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/7/2011

    " Beautiful writing. Interwoven plot lines. Memorable characters. Quirky story. Very visual. This book might catch the attention of a director like Tim Burton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 11/7/2011

    " Best book i read this year. simply awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 11/7/2011

    " Loved this book & can't wait to read it again. The story was beautiful and mysterious. Morgenstern developed her characters well -- their story grabbed my attention & had me reading every chance I got. "

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About the Author
Author Erin MorgensternERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and multimedia artist who describes all her work as being “fairy tales in one way or another.” She lives in Massachusetts.
About the Narrator

Jim Dale is the voice of all the characters in the Harry Potter audiobook series. As a narrator he has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy nominations, fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and ten Audie Awards. As a stage and screen actor, he has won a Tony Award, four Tony nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2004 he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.