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Publisher's Summary

This Audible Exclusive recording of Angela Carter's iconic novel, Nights at the Circus, is brought to you by celebrated actress and voice artist, Adjoa Andoh. It is described by Carter herself as a 'psychedelic Dickens.'

A compelling and thought provoking novel which heralds a new age, we're introduced to the unique and mesmerizing character of Sophi Fevvers and her illustrious wings....

About the book

Said to be part woman, part swan, Sophi Fevvers stars in Colonel Kearney's Circus, beloved and admired by audiences all around Europe.

Courted by the Prince of Wales himself and fawned on by American journalist, Jack Walser, Sophi defies expectation by embarking on a journey of self-discovery, and taking the listener on an intoxicating trip around London, St Petersburg and Siberia.

One of Carter's most empowered female protagonists, Fevvers heralds a 'new Age in which no women will be bound down to the ground,' making this a timeless and wholly inspiring literary masterpiece.

About the author

Angela Carter was born in 1940, in Sussex. She grew up in the shabbily respectable south London district of Balham, the second child of an eccentric journalist father and a neurotic housewife mother.

She studied English at Bristol University before travelling extensively, teaching and writing numerous best-selling novels. They have all received considerable critical acclaim and remain firm favourites of modern English literature.

Angela was a devout feminist throughout her life, wrote for Spare Rib magazine and voted Labour. Her novels are wholly reflective of her world views and continue to inspire new generations of men and women worldwide.

About the narrator

Adjoa Andoh is a British film, television, stage and radio actress, best-known for her roles in Invictus, Doctor Who, Liar and National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

She is well versed in the art of narration and has voiced over 100 audiobooks, including Naomi Alderman's The Power, Marcus Chown's The Ascent of Gravity, Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and Fiona Barton's The Child.

Adjoa has had many leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and the Almeida Theatre, and she's acted in a production of Nights at the Circus.

©1984 Angela Carter (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A remarkable book by any standards." ( The Guardian)

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  • Adrienne Lewis
  • 19-04-2021

acid trip

I've never done acid, but this book has to be the closest thing to an acid trip that I could imagine. The accents are very hard to understand and the story is just completely incomprehensible. I have no idea what I just listened to.

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  • Noelle
  • 02-01-2021

A magical, immersive experience

I originally read this book in 1996 and loved it. Enough time elapsed for me to forget the key details that made the retelling of the story just as precious as it first was. The characters’ voices were each distinct and matched them, and the only flaw I could find is that Walser’s accent was cartoonishly dopey. I feel his character could have done with a less comic voice. I loved this book in audio form just as much as in written form.

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  • Christine Harper
  • 28-12-2020

Such a good story, such a GREAT narrator

The story itself, especially the lengthy monologue in the first part by the main character relating her life history, was fantastic. But the narrator managed to raise the level to enthralling, with her mesmerizing delivery and (please excuse my American ears) wonderful, varied accents.

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  • Jason Raye
  • 07-11-2019

A Great and Intriguing Listen

The story is narrated in a range of voices and kept me interested. The story itself is hilarious and engaging, covering serious topics like sexism but from a tongue-in-cheek ironic perspective. I highly recommend it.

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  • Daniel
  • 01-04-2019

Amazing book, awful narration

How to ruin one amazing book? Book narration, it’s brazen with a Dick van Dyke Esk Cockney accent. All subtleties and delicacies of the book are lost to this dreadful performance

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  • Louisa
  • 06-09-2018

Fantastic

The narration was amazing, the best I've heard so far on audible. Adjoa was incredible, really incredible. I was so very sorry to finish the book and leave Fevvers and Lizzie. There are some very deep themes here I will be pondering for a long time to come. It all
seems to hang on the last sentence! I loved the story, the characters, the accents (esp. East London and Russian) and the themes of motherhood, loss, love, deception, magic, mysticism, animism and confidence! and will definitely be listening to it again.

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  • Red Shoes
  • 10-08-2018

wondrrful

Adjoa Andoh perfectly captures Angela Carter's characters & imaginative narrative. A favourite novel beautifully read.

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  • Maddy
  • 11-12-2020

Grating narration

I’ve liked other Angela Carter books and I’m sure I would like this with a different narrator. Her assumption of a coarse grating cockney for Feather’s voice is monotonous and jarring and after a few chapters became so tedious and exhausting I gave up. Her accents for other characters come and go - mostly go - after the first few sentences, which I could put up with had it not been for the strident narration which is so hard on the ears.

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  • Angela Y.
  • 20-08-2020

Strong, sometimes wandering accents

Think the Italian london character changes to straight up cockney mid way. Really harsh accents all round plus mostly monologue makes it quite hard to listen to.

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  • Patricia Moffett
  • 18-06-2021

Excruciatingly shrill narration

When the narrator does her Cockerlyluvvaduck voice it's actually pretty painful to listen to - normal voice is fine, but in places it's unbearable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2021

Adjoa Andoh is fantastic!

Adjoa Andoh is absolutely fantastic as narrator of Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus. A favourite book enhanced by Andoh’s performance. So good I started at the beginning again as soon as I finished my first listen. Highly, highly recommended.

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  • Heather Trow
  • 16-04-2021

A real Cockney fairytale

You would think a story about a woman with wings who signs up to work at circus roaming through Europe would be whimsical and enchanting, and it did have its moments, but it was mostly gritty and <i>disenchanting</i>. The main character is so colourful! Pure entertainment. I really don't know what else to add. Would have given it five stars, but I wasn't as enamoured with the last third of the book.

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  • Stuart Turner
  • 06-04-2021

Madly brilliant

The strot sweeps you along. It’s funny and sad and exciting, taking crazy left turns occasionally. Loved it. The narration is superb.

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  • D. Dolenz
  • 16-03-2021

One of the best

This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard. The level of verbosity from her characters is so suited for an audiobook. Adjoa Andoh is the perfect narrator. I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook.

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