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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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    K. parkinson 06-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A magical romp for the whole family!"

    I loved this book! I can't wait to have my kids read it. It's unique, imaginative, exciting and squeaky clean. Great read!

    1 of 1 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.

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    Ann Kotantoulas 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "lots of different events, very fun and light"

    Good fun story to listen to, like the perfect bedtime story. wish studio ghibli would've followed the whole story line :P

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    pinkcoffeecake 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Creative"

    It's true, somehow the book was even better than the movie (which is fantastic). I completely adored every moment of it! Credit well spent

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    Kate Chadbourne 06-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Pure pleasure!"

    One of the best narrators I've ever heard, and a fun, smart, funny and enchanting tale. Highly recommended!

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    mora24 Iowa 05-20-15
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    "top notch narrator, very enjoyable book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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