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  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A comic book in wolf's clothing

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

Wonderfully strange

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-14

If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

Strange magical romance

What other book might you compare The Night Circus to, and why?

Never read anything like it.

What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

Softly spoken, easy to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Emerse yourself into a world that captivates your dreams and senses.

  • Beautiful Creatures

  • By: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Is falling in love the beginning...or the end? In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets. There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the 16th Moon, the 16th Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her 16th birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An identity crisis of a book, with audio-problems

  • By Elinor Dashwood on 16-04-13

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What disappointed you about Beautiful Creatures?

Having been a fan of Twilight and Hunger Games I was expecting this book to be a similar read. The connection between the two lead characters was a little lack lustre. The story didn't seem to flow effectively.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The end event was not particularly dramatic and as that was what the whole plot was leading up to, the description of what happened was not very clear.

Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

The main characters were described well but the supporting one weren't even necessary to the story.

What character would you cut from Beautiful Creatures?

Her other family members, his Dad and some of the school kids.

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