I took a very quick trip down to NYC because the audiobook of THE NIGHT CIRCUS is being recorded this week. I almost didn’t since I am crazy busy with moving things but I am thrilled that I did because it was marvelous.

I will admit I have not heard more than snippets of the Harry Potter audiobooks so my “that would be fabulous” response to “how would you feel about Jim Dale doing the audio version?” was mostly based on his narration from Pushing Daisies, I knew he had that wonderful classic storyteller voice. It was absolutely marvelous to get to meet him and everyone working on the recording and everyone was simply delightful.

Jim Dale & me:

There are more pictures over here of various adorable smiling people in the studio courtesy of the lovelies at Random House Audio.

Here’s a sneak peak (sneak listen?) at page one:



I was not there for that particular bit but I did get to hear from around page 97 to page 113, which was a rather good range of characters and voices. I thought beforehand that it was going to sound more strange to my ears than it did, it ended up being this wonderful amalgamation of the way it sounds in my head with its own distinct sound layered over top and the result is delightful. Jim truly has the perfect storyteller voice and I couldn’t be more pleased.

The audio version will be available in September when the book comes out, and I’m sure it will be absolutely magical.

Categories: circus life


liz michalski · June 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

We love Jim Dale at our house – we just finished listening to the Peter and the Starcatchers series, read by him, and it was sheer pleasure.

Jennifer · June 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

That is AMAZING. After listening to some of Harry Potter on audiobook, I looked for others read by Jim Dale and was sadly disappointed. I’m reading an ARC of The Night Circus right now and loving it, so the news that I’ll be able to hear Jim Dale read it in a few months time is more than welcome!

    Jim Dale · June 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    Look onto my website and you’ll find all the audiobooks I have ever recorded.
    The Night Circus is one of the most beautiful written books I have ever recorded. Ering is already a great writer.
    A sheer JOY to record her work.
    Best Jim

Penelope · June 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm

There is no one quite like Jim Dale, beyond excited to hear this story once more though his voice. Amazing!

Emily @ As the Crowe Flies and Reads · July 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

Jim Dale? JIM DALE? [does happy dance] I know of 3 superior audio book experiences, and Jim Dale is at the top of those three. This means I will also be buying the audio version and having a great deal of fun with it, on top of my promised finished copies from Random House, on top of my three ARC copies. I guess that makes me an Erin Morgenstern completist.

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