This is a great book, read by a great narrator. I loved listening to the story unfold and could really feel the character development. I usually have to be working on something while listening to an audiobook, but I could just sit around with this and listen to it over and over again. The writing is funny, quick, and original, and Jenny Sterlin brings Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer to life. Especially Sophie; I loved her character tremendously. I'm about to make a bold statement and don't want to cause any controversy, but this is the kind of performance that makes the audio version better than the written one, and I mean that with full compliments to Diana Wynne Jones. A painting is only as good as the drawing underneath.
This is one of my favorite books. If you've only seen the movie, the book is just as good and much more complex. It is entertaining enough for children yet intelligent enough for adults.
If you've read/listened to D.W.J's Chrestomanci books, this is a slightly different type of fantasy and takes place in a fairy tale world.
Sophie is the oldest of 3 sisters and therefore, of course, destined to be the least successful. She submits quietly to this fate until the day her life takes an unexpected turn. Freed from expectation, she discovers just what she is capable of and "finds her fortune".
If only the narration were as good. I own another book read by the same narrator and liked it just fine. Her voices for this book, however, were a bit irritating and detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the story. It won't keep me from listening to this book again, though.
Simply one of my favorite books of all time. It has a perfect blend of unique ideas, fantasy, and great humor. Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer are unforgettable characters. It’s timeless and appropriate for all ages.
If you like magic, wizards, and other like things, you will ADORE this audiobook. Coupled with Narrator Jenny Sterlin (who also narrates "The Hollow Kingdon" by Clare B. Dunkle, which is a similar masterpiece to Howl), this book will export you. The author is riotously funny in several places which I love. All star rating!!!!!! How can anyone NOT love it???:)
Age has no barriers to enjoying this story. If you enjoy any of Terry Prachett Disc world stories you will enjoy this book.
A great light fantasy novel with something for everyone. No need to worry about inappropriate content when listening with children, yet a storyline and characters rich enough to please adults. Far better than the movie that bears its name, this is a classic to treasure and enjoy frequently!
The narrator also does a fantastic job, giving each character a unique voice and filling the book with gentle humor. She is a pleasure to listen to!
I hope they paid that narrator a lot because you don't appreciate a good one until you've listened to a crappy one that gives the same voice for men and women, etc. It was delightful and cherry. All of the characters were interesting and funny. The story had many twists that were creative and I didn't see coming. What an imaginative tale!
I enjoyed the book but it was made very hard by the reader who didn't get the characters. she really missed the mark with Howl. She was good with his accent, but failed to add any nuance or comic timing.
I enjoyed the movie so much that I bought the audiobook. The movie had a few holes that left me puzzled about some details (like who was the little fireball?), and I figured the book would help clear all that up, and it did. I enjoyed listening to this very much, and Ms. Sterlin did a really good job reading it. I recommend it for the child in you that still enjoys a fairytale now and then!