I enjoyed this audiobook a lot- though at first it was rather a hard listen because it was so similar to the movie (even though I love the movie) I was kind of bored. But then the story took a twist and I quite enjoyed it! :D The narration was good- and the story was refreshing! It made things in the movie make more sense.
Beautifully written characters who experience things and grow because of them, which is a really nice change. It's rare for me to love both the heroine and the hero of the story, but I do in this book.
The falling star part. 1
I love to read, and I'm thrilled to get to listen to books this way- I can fit in much more reading time on a daily basis- thanks audible!
I really liked Sophie, as well as Howl and the witch. No favorites, this was a fun fantasy read that I'd never heard of, so thanks Audible for the recommendation.
Since I haven't read the printed version I don't know. But I loved listening to this book. I bought three more by this author! I'm sad their will be no more books.
Great Job from Jenny Sterlin! I would listen to her again any time.
YES! and I did.
This was one of the best books I have bought on sale from Audioable! I have bought over 200 books and this is one of my favorites after one listen.
I love books and books love me. It is a life long passion that we share! :)
I just loved the book! Soo funny!! And awesome! My all time favorite! The narrator does an excellent job with changing voices and makes characters more lively! Wish she would narrate more of Wynne Jones' books!
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