Suspended : Vagabond Circus

  • by Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by Steve Barnes
  • Series: Vagabond Circus
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a stranger joins the cast of Vagabond Circus - a circus that is run by Dream Travelers and features real magic - mysterious events start happening. The once orderly grounds of the circus become riddled with hidden threats. And the ringmaster realizes not only is his circus and its magic at risk, but also his very life.
Vagabond Circus caters to the skeptics. Without skeptics, it would close its doors. This is because Vagabond Circus runs for two reasons and only two reasons: first and foremost to provide the lost and lonely Dream Travelers a place to be illustrious. And secondly, to show the nonbelievers that there's still magic in the world. If they believe, then they care, and if they care, then they don't destroy. They stop the small abuse that day by day breaks down humanity's spirit. If Vagabond Circus makes one skeptic believe in magic, then they halt the cycle, just a little bit. They allow a little more love into this world. That's Dr. Dave Raydon's mission. And that's why this ringmaster recruits. That's why he directs. That's why he puts on a show that makes people question their beliefs. He wants the world to believe in magic once again.

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usually avoid YA, unless it is written by Noffke

The Vagabond circus is one of the best in the world, because it is entirely composed by Dream Travelers. The spectacle is like no one seen before. But one day a new boy gets accepted to join the circus by the ring master. He has a unique talent, but trouble seems to surround young Finley wherever he goes.

First let me tell you that I usually avoid YA, unless it is written by Sarah Noffke. My teenage years seem far gone, and I have troubles connecting to teenage characters. This does not happen with Noffke's. She creates amazing tridimensional characters, which feel alive, with real motivations, and realistic reactions.

I have read the other two series about Dream Travelers, and I was curious about this one, since the set is so different from the others. I do not remember the last time I went to the circus, and I do not remember enjoying it especially, but I knew that Sarah would convince me that the Vagabond Circus is a great show. Apart from great characters, she builds the story in a way which keeps the reader interested, because there are a couple of twists that are totally unexpected.

Sarah Noffke writes YA books, but what I like from them is that, even when there is always a love story, there is also much more going on. The characters are usually troubled young adults with which just cannot leave you indifferent. Sarah writes great stories, but the key point is the characters she creates.

The book is narrated by Steve Barnes. I had the pleasure of listening to him narrating other books this year. His husky voice can feel a bit strange at first, but I find his tone rather soothing, and his character impersonations are quite distinctive, which helps to keep track of the story.

I started the book with high expectations, and they were duly fulfilled. If you either have enjoyed other books by Sarah Noffke, or if you would like to listen to fantasy books with a different twist, I strongly recommend this book. And if you have never listened to any of Noffke's books I do not know what you are waiting for!

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Suspensefully Suspended

This book was so amazing and different. It was so emotional in so many different ways, and so deep that I found myself having to take a break from it. Almost like something so tragic that you want to turn away but at the same time so curious and so good that you have to stay focused. I'm not sure how to word this. In no way was it boring or mindless, just the opposite. But in the first few hours I was wondering when it was going to have something major happen. When all the time, it was all playing out before me. I found myself wanting to look back and go back over parts to see hidden truths I may have missed the first time. The narrator was meant for this book. His voice had such a creepy, ominous sound to it. Very suspenseful and mournful at the same time. Very fitting. I could hear all the emotions coming out through his voice. He is a natural talent for sure. I'm going to see if he narrates anything else. The characters were so well developed. This circus was made up of misfits that society had rejected for many reasons, because they were different. They each have their own special talent which is what others would call magic. When really, they are gifts. The ring master has nothing but love and the well being of his performers in his heart. He is the glue that holds it all together. However, there is something sinister going on around them. No one knows this, maybe a few. Who is responsible and why would they possibly feel the need for this? Could it be the new performer who has showed up and seems to be all that was ever needed in a circus because of his exceptional talents? Or is it one of their own?
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- Lisa B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: Sarah Noffke