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The Night Circus

Lu par : Jim Dale
Durée : 13 h et 40 min
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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.

©2011 Erin Morgenstern (P)2011 Random House

Commentaires

" The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for, and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty, and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book." (Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife)
"Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love... a giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Self-assured, entertaining debut that blends genres and crosses continents in quest of magic…. Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Eugenia
  • 06/05/2013

Some Magical, Some Not So Magical

There is a lot to enjoy in this book, but also much that fell flat despite my expectations especially after reading the glowing reviews.

The Magical:

Descriptions of the circus were truly amazing. How beautifully written it was with the sights and sounds and especially, the smells. How unique to focus on the scents and how powerful it created the reality.

Overall the writing was very well done.

The Not-So-Magical:

While many reviewers were taken by the depth of the characters, I found just the opposite. For the most part, they were pretty one dimensional as they interacted with each other and in the realm of the circus.

The competition went nowhere. A huge build-up throughout the book that I expected to culminate in an apocalypse of some kind, but only quietly and gently ended.

And I had no idea about Jim Dale narrating the Harry Potter series, but I found this book to be very reminiscent of Harry Potter in tone and style.

But this last point seems to differ with every other reviewer. I found Jim Dale's narration to be rather difficult to hear the story or the characters. His tone sounded sinister and I kept hearing sinister characters and bad things about to happen. His voice especially for the female characters was terrible. Sorry.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22/09/2011

The circus of your dreams

This was one of the most wonderful books I've ever heard. A feast for the ears. The story is fantastically imaginative, the prose is richly visual, I could see all the details of the circus and smell the popcorn and caramel. I wanted to visit the circus myself! The narrator does a wonderful job bringing everything to life. I didn’t want it to end. Once it was over, I couldn’t wait to listen again. This is everything an audiobook should be - try it, you won't be sorry.

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  • Melisa
  • 08/11/2011

Where's the rest?

This book does not end, it just stops. Nothing is resolved, no questions are answered and there is no sense of closure. It seems more like an interesting dream than a story. There is interesting imagery and things you'd like to find out more about, but nothing is really tied together. Nothing means anything. There is no real story, just the imagery.

Also, the narrator sounds like the guy who narrated the TV show Pushing Daisies. He's quite over the top, which works for this book, but some people will definitely not enjoy listening to him for this long.

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  • Suzn F
  • 18/09/2011

Dreamlike Experience to Savor

This story envelops the reader. I cannot think of another book I have so thoroughly relished. With each and every sentence the author invites you to feel, taste and smell the Night Circus.This circus is like nothing else, beyond imagination. Yet I could see myself there, and although the circus is in only black and white, I was immersed in color and texture. Listening to this story is like eating the most amazing meal in the most beautiful placed you can imagine while sitting next to someone with whom you are infatuated. What a wonderful dream, I want to return and feel it all again, so sad when the book ended. And the narration brings it all alive, kudos to both author and narrator.

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  • Michael
  • 28/09/2012

The Circus is Coming!

Within moments of beginning this recording my toes began curling with pleasure and I felt cozy comforters being tucked in around me. This is an extraordinary story with extraordinary narration. Some might describe this story as dark, but a story which is uniformly uplifting can not be dark. Some describe the story as a romance, but a romance is seldom as nuanced. Is it a fantasy? Is it an allegory? Is it a retelling? It does not really matter, for this is a very good story. There is little action and little romance but a bouquet of delightful imagery. I found the story evoking archetypal memories that were familiar and comforting. If you prefer a fast moving story with lots of action, this is not the book for you. I loved the images, the slow even pace, and especially the circus. I suspect this book has forever changed the way I will feel whenever I think of a circus.

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  • Grant
  • 18/04/2012

Something about this book bothered me.

It was a pleasant diversion. And well crafted. But for some reason, I was not pulled into this book as others have been. Jim Dale's performance, as usual, was great. But perhaps I would have liked it more if it had been read by a woman. Maybe the thing that bothers me most about this book is that the premise was more mechanical than emotional. Maybe I did not cotton to the rather cryptic and largely unexplained (until the end, and even then not very well explained) bargain struck at the beginning of the book. Maybe the characters were less than three-dimensional. Maybe it just felt like it was made up as it went along ??? like a children's impromptu story. I don't know. All I do know is that The Night Circus did not thrill me. And I really did want to be thrilled.

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  • Theodore
  • 04/01/2012

It does feel magical

The narrator made this book for me. The story itself is a pretty cool, I like the concept and it was just plain fun to listen to. I think the pace of the story slows down a lot of times and as much as some of the other characters were developed, I could see greater development still being done or more side plots being created to compensate for the rather slow pace of the story sometimes. Still though, fascinating book to listen to and you really do get a sense that you are in a magical place...

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  • Victoria
  • 19/09/2011

Deliciously Imaginative

This beautifully descriptive book could not come out during a better season when the imagination is already a tingle for Halloween. This world created by Ms. Morgenstern rolls out the red carpet for characters are rich and strong in their own right. This is a book that will always be on my iPod.

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  • Joe
  • 02/07/2012

I had high hopes for this one - unfortunately.

I don't normally read these kinds of books, but the reviews were great. A lot of listeners loved the book. I didn't. The story had a lot of promise, but the characters that ended up being the ones focused on had a good beginning, a poor conclusion and a soft middle-story. The descriptions were good, but didn't add too much to the plot of the story. There was also a weird digression into the occult that added nothing to the story and was a little annoying. The narrator was excellent; the story itself had promise. The descriptions were good but didn't build the story as well as they could have.
For me, this was a case of a bad fit. It's a case of "everything is not for everyone." You may enjoy this book. I wouldn't recommend the book, though.

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  • Pam
  • 21/09/2011

Magic

A complex story, it goes from locations in time to locations in the world. It is a story of love and of hubris. There are secrets that have you hanging- why? what is going on? It is a real world, fully realized, of things that cannot exist, but do. Add to that Mr. Dale's inimitable style and voice characterizations, and this is a winner. This is one of my best books of the year- audio or written.

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  • papercuts1
  • 15/02/2012

Ein grandioses Hörbuch für alle Sinne!

Fazit:

Ein zauberhaft-geheimnisvolles Hörbuch, das nicht durch die Handlung, sondern die überwältigende Atmosphäre seinen Reiz erhält und überzeugt. THE NIGHT CIRCUS ist kein actionreiches Magier-Duell, auch wenn der Klappentext das glauben macht. Diese Erwartungen werden enttäuscht. Es geht nicht um das, was passiert, sondern wie es passiert. Es geht um den Zirkus selbst, um seine wundersamen Geschöpfe, und was sie in uns auslösen. Der Hörer betritt eine verwunschene, zerbrechlich scheinende Welt der Magie und kann sich gar nicht satt sehen an ihrer Schönheit und ihren Details. Wer den ‘Cirque des Rêves betritt’, verlässt ihn nur ungern. Es ist wie das Auftauchen aus einem schönen, mystriösen Traum, dem man verwundert nachhängt, mit einem Gefühl von zarter Melancholie.

Zum Sprecher:

Jim Dale ist, um es kurz zu machen, fantastisch! Seine ruhige, doch leidenschaftliche Sprechweise ist genauso melodiös und geheimnisumwittert, wie das Thema es verlangt. Mit seiner Interpretation der Figuren und sorgsam gelesenen, üppigen Beschreibungen holt Dale das Letzte aus dem Hörbuch heraus. Es spricht den Zuhörer geradezu in einen Rausch. Ohne großartig die Stimmtiefe zu variieren, gibt er mühelos männlichen als auch weiblichen Figuren ihre eigene Persönlichkeit. Die Murray-Zwillinge würzt er mit einem schottisch anmutenden Akkzent, an den ich mich gewöhnen musste, mich letztendlich aber verliebte. Man kann spüren, dass Dale lange Sprech- und Lebenserfahrung in die Waagschale wirft und große Freude an seiner Arbeit mit dem Buch hat. Eine perfekte Verbindung von Geschichte und Geschichtenerzähler. Grandios!

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  • Mikka Liest
  • 25/02/2017

Le Cirque des Rêves

Der Nachtzirkus kommt ohne Vorwarnung. Jeder beliebige Ort auf der Welt. Jede beliebige Zeit. Auf einmal ist er einfach da, über Nacht, wo er gestern noch nicht war, mit seiner Vielzahl von Zelten, deren Inhalte dem Zuschauer erscheinen wie wahrgewordene Träume. Ein Garten aus Eis. Ein Wolkenlabyrinth. In Flaschen eingeschlossene Erinnerungen. Illusionisten und Wahrsager und Akrobaten, die zu fliegen scheinen.

Le Cirque des Rêves: der Zirkus der Träume. Er öffnet mit Einbruch der Dunkelheit und schließt beim ersten Licht. Ein paar Tage bleibt er, dann ist er eines Morgens plötzlich verschwunden, spurlos. 'Rêveurs' nennen sich die Menschen, die eine unbestimmte Sehnsucht dazu treibt, dem Zirkus zu folgen, wohin auch immer er geht - eine Gemeinschaft von Träumern.

Als ich das Buch und das Hörbuch heute Nacht beendete, konnte ich diese Sehnsucht gut nachempfinden, denn auch ich spürte sofort eine Art schmerzlichen Verlustes, dass ich die Welt des Nachtzirkus' auf immer verlassen sollte.

Ja, ich bin ein Rêveur.

Es gibt Bücher, die werden von einer komplexen Handlung voller unerwarteten Wendungen vorangetrieben, und die Spannung peitscht einen sozusagen durch die Seiten. Und dann gibt es Bücher wie dieses, in deren zauberhafte Atmosphäre man sich bedingungslos fallen lassen muss. "Der Nachtzirkus" ist in der Tat wie ein in Worte gebannter Traum, in dem die Dinge nicht immer chronologisch verlaufen oder auf den ersten Blick Sinn ergeben, aber immer einen Hauch von Magie verströmen.

Die schiere Originalität hat mich umgehauen. Alles ist möglich, und der Leser entdeckt immer wieder Neues am Zirkus der Träume. Ich fühlte mich wie ein Kind, das das erste Mal einen Jahrmarkt besucht und es kaum erwarten kann, alle Stände zu besuchen und alle Süßigkeiten zu kosten. Aber ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass das Buch nicht für jeden Leser 'funktioniert', daher würde ich eine Leseprobe bzw. Hörprobe empfehlen.

Die Charaktere fand ich wunderbar. Sie sind so vielfältig und zauberhaft wie der Zirkus selbst, und auch die Nebencharaktere werden mit liebevollen Details geschildert. Die Liebesgeschichte steht für einen Großteil des Buches weniger im Zentrum, als man nach dem Klappentext erwarten würde, aber sie ist dennoch wunderschön und unverzichtbar für die Geschehnisse. Besonders gegen Ende bekommt sie immer mehr Bedeutung.

Erin Morgenstern hat wirklich eine ganz außergewöhnliche literarische 'Stimme', die manchmal so schön ist, dass ich einen Satz einfach mehrmals lesen und hören musste.

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"The striped canvas sides of the tent stiffen, the soft surface hardening as the fabric changes to paper. Words appear over the walls, typeset letters overlapping hand-written text. Celia can make out snatches of Shakespearean sonnets and fragments of hymns to Greek goddesses as the poetry fills the tent. It covers the walls and the ceiling and spreads out over the floor. And then the tent begins to open, the paper folding and tearing. The black stripes stretch out into empty space as their white counterparts brighten, reaching upward and breaking apart into branches.
»Do you like it?« Marco asks, once the movement settles and they stand within a darkened forest of softly glowing, poem-covered trees."

Das Hörbuch fand ich einfach wunderbar. Jim Dale ist meiner Meinung nach die perfekte Stimme für diese Geschichte, denn er findet immer wieder neue stimmliche Nuancen für die verschiedenen Charaktere und vermittelt die Atmosphäre so großartig, dass sich ein echtes Gänsehaut-Gefühl einstellt. Normalerweise höre ich Hörbücher eigentlich nie mehrmals, aber dieses werde ich sicher irgendwann nochmal hören.

Fazit:
Vergesst den im Klappentext versprochenen Wettkampf auf Leben und Tod am besten erstmal. Auch die Liebesgeschichte verläuft dann doch ganz anders, als dieser erwarten lässt. Aber das heißt mitnichten, dass das Buch nicht gut wäre.

Es lebt weniger von seiner Handlung als von seiner dichten, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes fantastischen Atmosphäre. Ob man es liebt oder hasst, hängt sicher davon ab, inwieweit man sämtliche Erwartungen ablegen und sich einfach in die Geschichte fallenlassen kann, aber in meinen Augen lohnt es sich, wenn man es tut. Ich war voll und ganz verzaubert und bin unglaublich beeindruckt von der atemberaubenden Originalität.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/05/2019

A story as enchanting as it's name.

Made for lingering. For revisiting and feeling the magic from the last time. Made to create atmosphere. With a storyline that lures the attention away from the aspect of time creating a sense of mystery. Read by a very fitting, warm voice. To optimize it, they could only have added some sequences of music in between to give an even stronger feeling of mystery cosyness and connection to the story. Just like the track in the end. I personally would have loved that addition but it is marvelous nonetheless.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 20/09/2020

Zauberhafter Zirkus

Diese wunderbar präzise Wortzeichnung ist fantastisch gut gelungen. Geschichten und Geheimnisse sind so wichtig für jeden von uns - hier nimmt der Erzähler die Zuhörer aufs Angenehmste mit in eine eigene Welt, in der sich unsere spiegelt. We all can find a wishtree 👍👏👏👏

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  • Polina
  • 03/08/2020

Ridiculously Disappointing

One dimensional characters, endless plot wholes, a cringing love story and constant unnecessary jumping from one time period to another. It’s a good thing you can return books on audible.

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  • Nate Barratt
  • 30/06/2020

Strange, but suspend your scepticism!

The narrator is melodramatic and the writing is in the present tense. This might lead to very hokey effect. But if you can get over that, then the world and the story in which you will step is amazing.

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  • Rookie.22
  • 27/01/2020

Wunderbar

Ein traumhaft schöne und mystische Geschichte. Ein absoluter Genuß! Zum Glück ist das Hörspiel so lang :-)

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  • Caroline H.
  • 09/10/2019

a dream

I truly loved being transported into this magical world with all its weird and wonderful characters a delight.

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  • Lily
  • 16/02/2019

Jim Dale ♡

I simply love Jim Dale reading books. I immensely enjoyed him reading the Harry Potter books. And I also enjoyed him reading this book. I really liked the book although I assume it's sometimes easier to follow all the time lapses if you read the book instead of listening to it. But if you read it you don't have the pleasure to listen to Jim Dale. So in total a really recommendable listening experience

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  • melanie posselt
  • 05/01/2013

100 Punkte!!!!!!!

Jim Dale ist einfach ein wahnsinns Sprecher und die Geschichte ein Genuss. Ich habe das Buch mittlerweile schon mind. 3 Mal gehört und es diversen Freunden weiterempfohlen.

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