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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 23 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 Dec. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H3Y7W5M
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During the time since I bought these books, they have converted a non-reader (my older brother) and entertained an avid reader (my mum), so from both perspectives you just KNOW they're good.
I then recalled seeing an interview with an author on Newsround, where critics had proclaimed him "Hotter than Potter". His name was Darren Shan and his first children's novel Cirque du Freak was about to be published. The subject matter might be a little risky I thought - vampires, blooding and freak shows, but nothing worse than is seen on current popular shows, so I thought then that the next time I was in the local bookshop I would try to pick up a copy.
The following week book held tightly in my hand I sat the children down and began reading. My initial aim was for the class to listen attentively and enjoy story time. Little did I realise the effect that this book would have.
Every afternoon the children would sit patiently at 3.00 to hear the next instalment. They would be eager to predict events and share ideas of how the story would end and what would happen to the half vampire Darren Shan. So engrossed were the children that on the last day of the school year (with only three quarters of the book read) they demanded that I sit and finish the story so they knew what would happen.
The following academic year I was employed on a temporary basis at the same school and following the success that Cirque du Freak had, it was decided to not only use the book as the class novel but also base language and other curriculum work around it.
Once again Darren Shan weaved his magic and entranced my children. Eager to share in his adventures and misfortunes my Year 5/6 class soaked up the novel.Read more ›
Its simply a marvellous story and adventure. Each book leaves you wanting to start the next. It brings the reader to humour, then dark humour, then it scares you then makes you laugh.
I am 47 and have read thousands of books, and I would put this series in the top three.
Absolutely Marvellous entertainment.
At the freak show, Darren is captivatd by a tarantula named Madame Octa, owned by a man called Mr. Crepsley. Darren discovers that Mr. Crepsley is a vampire but still steals the spider to keep as a pet. When it bites Steve, Darren is offered a choice: give up his life and become a vampire, or let Steve die.
While the plot device is fairly standard (the choice between your death or the death of a friend/loved one), Darren Shan's excellent writing keeps it exciting and interesting right up to the last page. Cirque Du Freak is an amazing book. Unlike most horror novels written for younger readers, it isn't afraid to dole out a little blood and guts when necessary (especially during the freak show). However, this doesn't mean the book is just cheap shock tactics. It involves the reader deeply, meaning that we truly care about Darren's fate. It is well-written and in places quite funny. Overall this is an excellent book, which I would recommend to anybody, young or old.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read this series of books countless times,they still encapture me. Darren shan is the best author that I've ever come acrossPublished 13 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first book in the Cirque Du Freak series or the Darren Shan Saga. I bought all twelve of these books at a local charity shop. Read morePublished 7 days ago by margaret chadwick
I really like this book, I don't normally read(at all) but needed something for the plane on holiday so I downloaded this for a £1 and I can't wait to read the rest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victoria
Really exciting stories my son is totally addicted to these booksPublished 5 months ago by Ms. Jennifer Bush
Really exciting story my son is totally addicted to these booksPublished 5 months ago by Ms. Jennifer Bush
I have read the series of Darren Shan numerous times and it never seems to bores me I read them when I was in high school and am still reading them now at the age of nineteen and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by miss zoe dolan
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