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  • The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 1
  • By: Darren Shan
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (734 ratings)

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Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare

By: Darren Shan
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
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Summary

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

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.

©2013 Darren Shan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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Stephen King meets Harry Potter

I am so excited to continue this series after this book. The story could trim a little fat and unessesery suspense slows down a otherwise fast paced and refreshing story. I can't say now, but it looks like this is a series I'll be reading for my kids one day, along with lotr and hp series. Give it a go!

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Must read!

It really is a great book, readed it as a child and now listening to it again brings back so many good memories back. If you are in to fantasy stuff, this book is right for you!

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Fangtastic!

Excellent reading and an even better story. I get to enjoy my beloved childhood again!

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Amazing

I love this book, I mean really love it, it is well read and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Great Series

While I love both the saga of Darren Shan and the demonata books I felt the americanisation too jarring .
pounds changed to dollars .. football changed to soccer.
but would still recommend that you give the audiobooks a try.

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exellent

loved it
great book and the narrator was fantastic throughout, cant wait to listen to the rest of them.

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love these books

av got all the books but better listing to it good job voice is great

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Brilliant!

loved these books as a kid and as an adult they are still just as enjoyable :)

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came higly recommended

im a hufe vampire fan and this book came recomended from several friends. however ther is little original thoght to be found and almost nothing happens. every book i though ok next book stuff is going down but each finale was more disapointing tyan the one before

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Very well performed!

I have always taken a liking to darren shan from the demon saga. This book is definiatly the best so far, truely brilliant.

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