Young Adult and Brit Lit aficionado.
I already have. Because it's understated, but still really moves.
Watching the characters grow without them realizing how they were changing.
Howl. He was hilarious--he never said anything nice, but was one of the kindest, wisest characters.
The happily ever after she was never looking for.
I can't even remember why I bought this. I had never heard of it or the author before. But I love, love, love it. The characters, in a magical and unrealistic setting, are very real and accessible and likable. The plot is unexpected and exciting.
Howl is Welsh
You can't not love Howl. He is so ridiculous. And Sophie is great. She tries so hard. That's all that really matters. OTP :P
Oh definitely. She has amazing accents and delivers it all so well.
I laughed and laughed. It's my second favorite Ghibli movie and I loved that the story kept going.
I've listened to this twice. It's so magical and lovely and ughhh excellent.
I adore Miyazaki's anime for this book. The anime is a bit more lighthearted but the book is still a fabulous read. I found Howl to be a bit more whiny and narcissistic and Sophie has a lot more spunk. It's still a very sweet story. I liked how the book leaned more towards fairy tale and had to do a little less with the horrors of war, which is a clear theme in the anime. The difference between the two kept the book interesting. I look forward to listening to more in the series.
This book was hard to part from, if it had been possible I would have listened to it straight through. I have never read the book, but I have to say that the book was a lot easier to follow than movie. Since I am an avid reader with a limited amount of reading time, audiobook was the best option for me to enjoy the story as the author meant it.
Wonderful, Sassy, Family-Friendly
Sofie Hatter was a good blend of sass and kindness. She had a fabulous I don't care attitude but at the same time couldn't help but make sure everyone was cared for.
I felt the ending to the novel was a bit abrupt. I felt like it was really rushed and when I looked for the next book in the series I was dismayed to find out that the characters were completely different. The different characters wouldn't have been a problem if the ending of Howl's Moving Castle was wrapped up more fully.
I though this book was really good it wasn't my favorite but it has tough competition I would would put it in my top 15.
The bartimaeus trilogy because it's about magic but it's not childish.
No I haven't but I would listen again she held my attention.
Not really I like to spread my books out.
I really liked this book as a total Harry Potter head I love books about magic but I judge them harshly. This was original and better then I expected.
I purchased this book based on the film version that I have seen - thinking of sharing it with my great grandchildren. It is a charmingly odd little story, and I wondered how it translated from the book. I had no idea that it would literally consume my brain. The story concept just blossomed up and out and turned into a real fantasy that the film does not even touch upon. It was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. I will watch the film again, then listen to the book again and I am sure I will have many more hours of fascination and enjoyment with this little gem. And then...well, there are my grandchildren to share this story with! How fun!
I like the Studio Ghibli version of the story better, but that's probably because I saw the cartoon first (and have watched it many times). But this story is still good, and the narrator is really enjoyable.
I read Howl's Moving Castle many years ago and have also more recently watched the anime movie. This reading by Jenny Sterlin of Diana Wynne Jones's wonderful book was very well done. I associate the fire demon with Billy Crystal's voice - but that disappointment only took a few lines of dialogue to get past. This audiobook was a great listen.
Diana Wynne Jones' books are the kind I wish I'd encountered when I was young. Magical fantasies often featuring strong girls, they're fun, clean and well written. Howl's Moving Castle is one of her best known. It tells of Sophie, the eldest of three girls, who knows magical tradition well enough to realize the oldest child never wins great love or great fame, so when her father dies she settles into the boring life she's always expected would be hers. Then a witch's curse leads her to an eccentric magician, and she finds life requires all of her courage and intelligence. Well-plotted, this book pulls you along with Sophie for an adventure young people and adults can all enjoy.
The narrator is especially good, voicing the men and women of the story so well I sometimes forgot I wasn't listening to a dramatization. Her pacing is excellent, too. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in spending some enjoyable hours with interesting characters you will care about in a story that that takes some surprising and delightful twists. It deserves to be called "Magical".