I will listen to this over and over again. Diana Wynne Jones does an amazing job adding personality to each character and Jenny Sterlin brought them to life. I found myself laughing out loud to the dialogues. This is an amazing book! I can see why Hayao Miyazaki was drawn to the story to make a movie out of it.
I didn't read the print version, but the narration of this book is so spectacular, I imagine the audio edition might be at the very least more fun than the print version.
Sophie, of course. Her rapid transition from young girl to old woman is testament to Diana Wynne Jones' talent. Listeners can hear the young girl while feeling the old woman. It was terrific (says this 64 year old woman).
Jenny Sterlin's rendition of Howl was my favorite. She assumed a voice that was distinctive and representative of the self-centered wizard who at his core was quite the compassionate. I heardSterlin's version of Howl's voice long after the story ended.
One of my favorite scenes was when Michael and Sophie were engaged with a talkative witch who was going on and on. Jones captures the moment realistically and humorously portraying how it goes when one can't extricate oneself from a talkative person. There were moments like this throughout the book that made this fantasy ever so real in terms of human interaction.
I spent a solid week driving with a smile on my face as I listened to this book. And I did something I've never done before . . . when I finished, I found I couldn't settle into any of the books I had in my audio queue, so I bought and downloaded the sequel, Castle in the Air.
I would, no doubt! This story is captivating and can be fun for all ages. A good faery tale tends to be!
The imagery Diana Wynn Jones uses to describe Howl's boots is beyond epic- you could swear you were walking in them.
Well enunciated, good form and voice modulation when reading specific characters. Not too staunch or flat like some fiercely British narrators may seem, at times. ( No offense, of course.)
I actually saw the film before I read, or rather, listened, to the book. Mayazaki and the animators at Studio Ghibli are indescribably fabulous- I feel unable to summarize their work with a small bundle of words. Although slightly different from the book, the film is equally as stunning and beautiful.
Don't miss out, this one's a keeper.
I would listen to this again because the story is inventive and the reader does beautiful Welsh accents.
Calcifer, the Fire Demon -- nice and crabby.
Love this reader -- beautiful accents and range.
The part where the boy catching a falling star but it chooses to die instead.
Disappointed in the ending -- seems to end abruptly and not very satisfying end.
I love this book, the characters are intrigueing and complex for a ya novel, no helpless female lead here. I would recomend this to my daughters the female lead is smart and sassy. Like Sophie even better in the latter part of the book. Howl is lazy and concieted but completely attractive. Great book, one you will get lost in. I just wish she was around to write more.
Its just magic, I would love to meet howl in real life, if one fictional character could leap from the pages I wish it would be him. I think sophie is very relateable, we all feel like we have nothing going for us and thatt everyone else must be prettier and smarter.
even if youve seen the movie read the book, one of the best things Ive read. In the top five
The author's imagination. The story wasn't filled with shocking twists and turns or anything, but the author kept things interesting by always introducing something new, something unique. While it wasn't a focus, she used unique details to really bring the story to life. The story was rich with creativity and that made you feel like this was a story you hadn't read before, which can be quite refreshing!
I think Howl's Moving Castle was a bit of
This was a fun read, and again, it was rich with imagination. The only drawback for me was that it missed any emotional connection, which personally is what makes me love and remember a book. I'm very glad I spent a credit on it, I love trying new things and this made me feel like I was reading something NEW instead of something I've read a thousand times before, but I'd suggest reading it for the art of it, for the joy of a unique folktale, not necessarily to go somewhere deep or emotional.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The performance in my mind was just the perfect performance for the type of book this is. I have always enjoyed reading this book, and had lost it during a move last year, and I'm so glad that audible has it and it was just awesome to listen to it. It reminded me how much I just loved this story!
I really enjoy this book. Sometimes the reader used voices for characters that were slightly jarring to me, but I have the same problem with illustrations. It's just not the same in my head. But overall I quite enjoyed listening.
I love Howls Moving Castle. The entire story is so well done and the performance of the narrator is terrific. I go back and listen to this story again and again, because it's that good.
No indeed, but I never think the audio edition of a book is better than print. This one is very good, though.
Sterlin does Howl brilliantly--she switches into a Welsh accent and out again with perfect ease, and it's a great touch--one that can't be achieved in a silent reading of the print edition. This heightens the mystery of Howl's origins in a real place called Wales, where he may be a mere ne'er-do-well with a university degree in occult studies.
When Howl realizes what the John Donne poem means.