Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
I want to watch the movie, but when I found out it was a book first, I of course had to do it in the right order. The narrator of the story does great voices for each character. I enjoyed the story a lot. It is definitely worth your credit!
This narrator is the best I've heard! We bought the audiobook because we loved the Miyazaki movie of the same. Very happy to have spent the hours in the world of Sophie, Howl, and company.
I'd compare this to the Claidi Journals. The world building is similar where magic and supernatural occurrences are common place but there are still mysteries in either universe.
Jenny Sterlin did an excellent job of distinguishing each character's voice and personality through the performance. It was really well done and well preformed.
I only got this book to compare it to the Ghibli movie and I have to say the movie was fairly accurate in its story line. If you're coming from the movie into this book I'd say you do learn a few more bits and pieces about the story but nothing groundbreaking. Overall its very similar in plot to the movie so don't expect a world of difference, at least that's what I experienced. All in all I'd say get this book if you like a bit of a slow paced, day by day sort of novel. I do, so I enjoyed it fairly well.
It needs to be said that this is a very slow paced story where it doesn't feel like much happens but it does just very slowly. If you enjoy slower paced audiobooks go for the purchase but if you like a bit more excitement with more relatable characters and fascinating world building I'd recommend a different book.
I saw the movie way before finding out there was a book the movie was based on. The movie does a great job keeping the characters and their personalities and the book gives so much more detail and story. It throughly enjoyed the book and want to watch the movie again to get a new perspective
The voice actress seperates the characters quite well. The story is a fun fantasy with strong characters and held my interest very well. It follows the Myozaki animation quite well also.