Book Review – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Source: Audible
Audiobook Narrator: Jim Dale
Duration: 13 hours 43 minutes
3 out of 5

Another book which was very popular in the Book Community and another one I didn’t love as much. But I get the hype of this one. The premise is unusual, a night circus that tours around towns, but is actually a facade for a magical duel between 2 people. It says ‘fierce competition’ in the summary and therein lies my problem. I didn’t find anything fierce or thrilling in the duel part of it. The writing was amazing; the story was fascinating but it was painfully slow. I listened to the audiobook and my mind kept drifting off and for the most part it didn’t seem like I missed anything important.

Also I didn’t feel like the romance was very compelling either.

The book gets interesting in parts but then again falls in it’s own slow rhythm. Widget, Poppet and Bailey were the only interesting characters in the book. But as I said, the premise was very unusual and I feel that is probably the strength of the book, because I keep thinking about the magical circus and the possibilities after I’ve finished the book.

Audiobook Narrator: Jim Dale was amazing. He is the voice for the Harry Potter Books and has won 2 Grammy’s along with a few other awards. So there is nothing to complain about really. The only time I found it funny was when he was speaking for Celia, his voice was overly soft and girly. But I don’t have a lot of experience with Audiobooks and thats probably the way everyone else does it as well.

Note: The Night Circus gif is from here.

12 thoughts on “Book Review – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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  1. I was one of the ones who loved this one. I keep meaning to go back and read the print version (I listened to the audio), but haven’t managed it yet. I’m worried it won’t hold the same magic it did for me the first time . . .

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed it more than I did. Seems like almost all the popular novels I’m reading right now are not leaving the desired impression on me.

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  2. Hi Violet,

    This one definitely isn’t for me I’m afraid, although the cover art is amazing in its authenticity and the power of the emotions it invoked in me.

    I have never enjoyed fairs, circuses, carnivals and the like. Having said that, I have enjoyed a few ‘Cirque de Soleil’ shows, although every appearance of the clowns had me cringing in my seat!

    I had to check that we were both thinking of the same Jim Dale, as from a British perspective, he is better known for his early career series of ‘Carry On’ film appearances. I was totally amazed at the amount of other parts and roles he has undertaken. I still definitely prefer to read a book, rather then listen to it being read.

    Nicely considered review, great to catch up with you again 🙂

    Yvonne.

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    1. Ah…I’ve always loved circuses since childhood, I remember how they used to move from town to town and we used to wait for it to come near us. It was an exciting time.

      I prefer reading a book too but I’ve realized audiobooks are great while doing housework or cooking 🙂

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