The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Random House Audio on September 13, 2011
Genre(s): fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, romance
Format & Length: audiobook, 13:40:16
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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.
When I was browsing through my library’s digital collection of audiobooks on the hunt for something atmospheric for fall, I stumbled across The Night Circus. This had been on my wishlist for some time, but this time I noticed the audiobook was narrated by Jim Dale and it was available. It was the perfect time to try it!
“Old stories have a habit of being told and retold and changed.”
For someone who typically loves fast paced, plot driven stories, I seem to be on a roll of loving the exact opposite. The plot was not particularly straightforward or cohesive, wandering its way through without much direction. And at nearly fourteen hours long, the audiobook was quite a bit longer than I like to spend listening when I can read far more rapidly. But I just didn’t care.
I think this might be an instance of reading the right book at the right time in the right format. The storytelling captivated me; Morgenstern’s writing style worked to create an intense atmosphere and build a world that was fantastically believable. And Dale’s narration style complemented it perfectly, creating an experience that pulled me in powerfully. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters and their stories and found the romantic aspect to be woven in perfectly.
All in all, listening to The Night Circus on audiobook was a delightful experience. Readers who prefer character driven stories in magical settings just might find this to their liking.