Cirque du Freak : A Living Nightmare

Darren Shan

Ralph Lister (Narrator)

09-01-13

5hrs 34min

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09-01-13

5hrs 34min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Horror

Description

“Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday.” VOYA

A New York Times bestseller

In the tradition of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Stephen King's Salem's Lot, New York Times bestseller Cirque du Freak is the first title in the popular Saga of Darren Shan.

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human / half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers—Mr. Crepsley—is a vampire!

Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes—but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley, and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is Darren's story.

Praise

“Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday.” VOYA

“The author’s choice of using a ‘mock-umentary’ style is a brilliant one…Readers will be howling for the sequel.” Children’s Literature

“Anyone who loves the humorous but hair-raising horror in R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series will devour British author Darren Shan’s first novel with equal zeal.” Amazon.com, editorial review

“A supernatural world populated by a really cool cast of characters.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review

“The scenario is compelling, and the author mines the exploitative history of early twentieth century sideshows to create an artfully macabre cirque du freak.” Publishers Weekly

“Readers…will be hooked.” School Library Journal

“The gripping plot moves forward at a lightning pace, and Darren’s fascination with the grotesque will ring true for many. Though originally published in England, there are no off-putting Briticisms, just a rip-roaring story full of oddities, low-key horror, and occasional, unexpected poignancy.” Booklist

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Language English
Release Day Aug 31, 2013
Release Date September 1, 2013
Number in Series 1
Series Display String The Cirque du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan Series
Release Date Machine 1377993600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life, Mystery & Suspense, Children/YA, New Additions, Children 8-12, Fiction - All, Fiction - Child
Author Bio
Darren Shan

Darren Shan is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Demonata series, the Saga of Larten Crepsley, the Saga of Darren Shan, the Zom-B series, among others, as well as several stand-alone novels. His books are sold on every continent and in over thirty languages and have been bestsellers in countries including the US, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Japan, Taiwan, and the UAE. In total, they have sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide.

Narrator Bio
Ralph Lister

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice actor, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespeare and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearland 13 Going On 30. He lives in Los Angeles.

Overview

A New York Times bestseller

In the tradition of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Stephen King's Salem's Lot, New York Times bestseller Cirque du Freak is the first title in the popular Saga of Darren Shan.

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human / half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers—Mr. Crepsley—is a vampire!

Steve confronts the vampire after the show finishes—but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley, and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

This is Darren's story.

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