©1986 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"A wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
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.
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???:)
Age has no barriers to enjoying this story. If you enjoy any of Terry Prachett Disc world stories you will enjoy this book.
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!
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.
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!
None that I had read, but I would love to find one.
Most definitely. Especially if they like children's fantasy. This would be right up there alley.
It was so quirky and fun.
Probably when Howl throws a tantrum. It's hilarious to envision a grown man going slack because he's mad.
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.
Wonderful story, and even a great movie. Check out both.
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