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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 2012
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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 04-10-15
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    "Dramatic reading of an enchanting stormy"

    The dramatic reading of this enchanting story made me find any excuse to plug in and listen more.

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    Reptrode 03-25-15
    Reptrode 03-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just like the movie"

    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

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    Tobwa Navel, UT USA 02-22-15
    Tobwa Navel, UT USA 02-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "good story"

    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.

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    Marina 02-21-15
    Marina 02-21-15
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    "Jenny Sterlin is perfect!"

    This was my first audible book, and it's one of my favorite stories of all time. I've seen Jenny Sterlin perform in New York and have absolutely been blown away by her ability to disappear into a character. That talent shines in her narrations of the Howl series, as she gives each of the many characters his or her own unique voice. Her ability to switch from English to Welsh accents in quick succession is flawless. I love to read this book, myself--but I love to hear her read it even more.

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    Hugh 02-21-15
    Hugh 02-21-15 Member Since 2011

    Coffee, Dessert, Audio Book Fanatic. Grew up on Graphic Novels (We call those Comic Books where Im from).

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    "A Must Have for Any Fan of Magic Realism Fantasy"
    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Jenny Sterlin's performance in Howl's Moving Castle receives my complete commendation. She brings each character to life with independent voices, and is able to carry out dialogues while maintaining distinction.


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

    One will not want to put this book down! The story is exciting enough to drive the listener, while the setting is succinctly described and beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    “If I give you a hint and tell you it's a hint, it will be information.” - Diana Wynne Jones. My hint to you is get this audiobook!

    What you should know is this is one of my go to books for an excellent light hearted adventure. Therefore I must recommend this to any fantasy and young adult listener. The characters in the book are well developed and acted, and if you are a fan of the film version by Hayao Miyazaki you will find this an excellent addition to the experience as it contains a more in-depth telling of the Witch of The Waste and the wizard Howl. Spoiler!-Epic Battle between the two ensues!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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