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Howl's Moving Castle | [Diana Wynne Jones]

Howl's Moving Castle

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.
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Publisher's Summary

A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

©1986 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tyng washington, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 02-08-11
    Tyng washington, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 02-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Stays with you for days"

    This is a great book, read by a great narrator. I loved listening to the story unfold and could really feel the character development. I usually have to be working on something while listening to an audiobook, but I could just sit around with this and listen to it over and over again. The writing is funny, quick, and original, and Jenny Sterlin brings Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer to life. Especially Sophie; I loved her character tremendously. I'm about to make a bold statement and don't want to cause any controversy, but this is the kind of performance that makes the audio version better than the written one, and I mean that with full compliments to Diana Wynne Jones. A painting is only as good as the drawing underneath.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanene 11-17-08
    Jeanene 11-17-08
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    "5 stars for the book / 3 stars for the narration"

    This is one of my favorite books. If you've only seen the movie, the book is just as good and much more complex. It is entertaining enough for children yet intelligent enough for adults.

    If you've read/listened to D.W.J's Chrestomanci books, this is a slightly different type of fantasy and takes place in a fairy tale world.

    Sophie is the oldest of 3 sisters and therefore, of course, destined to be the least successful. She submits quietly to this fate until the day her life takes an unexpected turn. Freed from expectation, she discovers just what she is capable of and "finds her fortune".

    If only the narration were as good. I own another book read by the same narrator and liked it just fine. Her voices for this book, however, were a bit irritating and detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the story. It won't keep me from listening to this book again, though.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Viktoriya ROCHESTER, MN, United States 04-27-11
    Viktoriya ROCHESTER, MN, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect."

    Simply one of my favorite books of all time. It has a perfect blend of unique ideas, fantasy, and great humor. Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer are unforgettable characters. It’s timeless and appropriate for all ages.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Hutchinson, KS, United States 02-14-11
    Christie Hutchinson, KS, United States 02-14-11
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    "Howl's Moving Castle ~ A Masterpiece"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Dominczak Hilbert WI 05-16-09
    D. Dominczak Hilbert WI 05-16-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Excellent Story"

    Age has no barriers to enjoying this story. If you enjoy any of Terry Prachett Disc world stories you will enjoy this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer The Great USA 10-06-14
    Amazon Customer The Great USA 10-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Cleared up some holes in the animated movie"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the movie so much that I bought the audiobook. The movie had a few holes that left me puzzled about some details (like who was the little fireball?), and I figured the book would help clear all that up, and it did. I enjoyed listening to this very much, and Ms. Sterlin did a really good job reading it. I recommend it for the child in you that still enjoys a fairytale now and then!

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    Myrhinne 08-06-14
    Myrhinne 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, bad narration"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Sterlin’s performances?

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    Not remotely. For starters, she wavers in her voice acting for the characters, so it gets confusing. Howl is supposed to be Welsh, if I remember correctly, and her voice for him sounds like a bizarre mix of a salty Scotsman and distinguished Indian-British accent. Sophie's voice acting is all over the place. I haven't decided whether this ruined the audiobook for me.


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    Kenya 04-30-14
    Kenya 04-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "very nice"

    It gets less like the movie as it goes on but still very enjoyable. Great little story for anyone to listen to and has a wonderful narrater

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14
    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "LOVED it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and will continue to do. I loved this book. Magical and fastastical, I was completely transported and want more, more, more! I finished this book months ago and still think fondly back to the days when I had this magical story in my life!


    What other book might you compare Howl's Moving Castle to and why?

    None that I had read, but I would love to find one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Topeka, KS, United States 11-18-13
    Peter Topeka, KS, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely. Especially if they like children's fantasy. This would be right up there alley.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so quirky and fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when Howl throws a tantrum. It's hilarious to envision a grown man going slack because he's mad.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would have been good to have read it that way, but it was too long to have had time to do that. Not that it was a long book. I just don't have a few hours in a row to listen to an audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story, and even a great movie. Check out both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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