In this sparkling tale, young merchant Abdullah purchases a magic carpet - and soon finds that the enchanted rug is none too agreeable. But despite the carpet's cranky demeanor, Abdullah must rely on its help to rescue a princess from a wicked djinn.
©1990 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"A bewitching romp, gratifying to mind, imagination, and funny bone." (Kirkus Reviews)
NOTE: This is #2 of the Howl's Castle trilogy, so if you don't want to ruin Howl, the you should read it(Howl) first.
This is a GREAT BOOK!!! 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???:) -Adoring Fan
This is a really fun book. This is book two of "Howl's Moving Castle," it might not seem like it at first, but it is! This is about the adventures of a boy and a flying carpet and you see the characters from Howl's Moving castle again. I also really liked the narrator. I just really liked this book.
Enchanting, fun, magical
Howl's Moving Castle & House of Many Ways; same author, same narrator.
Stardust - love story with lots of magic and perseverance.
I loved the climax of the story, actually - it was very clever.
I loved this book. I've already listened to it twice - it was really a lot of fun.
I loved this book. The reader is the best. Her voices are distinctive and embody the characters. My only quibble, and the reason I didn't give it a 5 overall, is that in order for the ending to make sense, the listener must have read Howl's Moving Castle first. And in a way, that was disappointing because I loved the Djin, the genie, and the carpet.
Castle in the Air is a very interesting book to come after Howl's Moving Castle, mainly due to the fact that it feels like a different world entirely. But I'll get more into that later. In general terms, this is one that lives up to expectations set out in the first book quite well!
First, the story. I used to be of the opinion that most mid-readers were a little light on story in general, but that there were a few that had really engaging plots. I've been reading them on-and-off for a long time, and books like Castle in the Air are one of the reasons that my opinion is changing. The storyline in this is quite deep, and many aspects of it have multiple layers that you can peel back and enjoy on their own. While the story does have one main thread that ties it all together, the smaller stories that come from it are no less interesting. It's particularly enjoyable when small things that seem to be mentioned in passing end up playing a fairly big role in events. However, with so many story elements there are bound to be a few that fail to resolve or that feel like they were done in a deus-ex-machina way. I won't go so far as to say that it's like Scooby-doo and everything reveals in an anticlimactic way, but some aspects are just unsatisfying. But the thing that keeps me going is the thought that maybe everything will tie together in the next book.
Characters are quite good. Diana Wynne Jones is terrific at giving us characters with specific motivations and foibles that we as readers can all identify with. Characters seem to be able to think and see what will happen as a result of their actions and can adapt, but we can also tell that they have reasons whenever they happen to make a bad decision. Sometimes it can get a little frustrating, though because characters only seem to have one or two motivations that drive them throughout the entire book. While this can be good sometimes, I feel like it would be served better if there was some break in the character's primary motivation. Let's be honest: a person can't fixate on one idea forever, and it seems that the characters have a tendency to fall into that trap. However, since this is mid-reader, I figure we have to give Ms. Jones the benefit of the doubt.
Insofar as the narration is concerned, it has kind of worn on me. As an American, I generally can't catch the minute differences between an English accent and Welsh one, especially when compared with that of an English (?) person impersonating the accent of an affected Middle-eastern carpet merchant. British pronunciation is naturally the norm, and I found that the many differences (and their frequency) tend to pull me out of the story. The reader seems to be in a near-constant shouting match with the microphone, which can make her voice sound strained and almost tinny. I feel that the narration would be much stronger if she were to speak in a more normal tone, but this could be the exception rather than the rule. The parts of the recording that stand out most strongly in my memory are the times when Ms. Sterlin was speaking very loudly.
In all, this book is quite enjoyable. While I don't think these books will ever reach the same level of popularity that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or The Lightning Thief enjoyed, they are nevertheless worth your while to pick up. They're entertaining, fun and fantastical.
The character development and performance were great. The adventure on the carpet was funny and the castle oddly familiar until you realize why.
I would have to say the Genie. For one you wonder how on earth will they ever ask a wish that could be fulfilled without disaster.
You would catch the funny parts but now perhaps in the way you would while listening to someone. She has the ability to pull you into the character's mind and absorb you into the plot... what's coming next...
The section of the book when they had to guess the secret name through when the Genie and carpet "changed" back into my 2 of my favorite character's from Howl's moving castle.
Say something about yourself!
Castle in the Air ranked amongst the top 25%.
The author didn't settle for the norm and completely changed things around. It was funny and interesting. This was a refreshing...
The ability to use accents.
This is one of my favorite reads and i enjoyed listening to it all the way till almost the end. The author used a very high squeaky voice for one of the characters in the book and it sounded awful! It has the effect of scratching nails on a chalkboard and makes the end of the book almost intolerable.
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