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Howl's Moving Castle Audiobook

Howl's Moving Castle

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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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    Teri-K 01-17-13
    Teri-K 01-17-13
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    "Delightful Fun with Great Narration"

    Diana Wynne Jones' books are the kind I wish I'd encountered when I was young. Magical fantasies often featuring strong girls, they're fun, clean and well written. Howl's Moving Castle is one of her best known. It tells of Sophie, the eldest of three girls, who knows magical tradition well enough to realize the oldest child never wins great love or great fame, so when her father dies she settles into the boring life she's always expected would be hers. Then a witch's curse leads her to an eccentric magician, and she finds life requires all of her courage and intelligence. Well-plotted, this book pulls you along with Sophie for an adventure young people and adults can all enjoy.

    The narrator is especially good, voicing the men and women of the story so well I sometimes forgot I wasn't listening to a dramatization. Her pacing is excellent, too. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in spending some enjoyable hours with interesting characters you will care about in a story that that takes some surprising and delightful twists. It deserves to be called "Magical".

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    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 12-26-12
    Daniel Wyatt Colorado Springs 12-26-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Imaginative and Character Driven"
    What did you love best about Howl's Moving Castle?

    The style of the author flows and the the stories remind me something out of the Arabian Nights. Nothing is what it seems and yet it is simple...clever and full of charm. This is the kind of tale you expect to read near a fire.


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

    Arabian Nights


    Have you listened to any of Jenny Sterlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Easy to listen to with no distractions.


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

    No. I usually like to prolong the experience I am not of the same mind as Edgar...I don't believe a book must be read in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a charming book and will not leave you with disappointment in either the story or the characters.

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    Pipyr Waldoboro, ME, United States 10-29-12
    Pipyr Waldoboro, ME, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Charming and enjoyable!"
    Where does Howl's Moving Castle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While this may not be at the very top of my list, it is certainly up there. It was fun, different, and the kind of story I could listen to again if I didn't have anything new. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job with the characters and the story moved along at a nice pace. It wasn't the kind of book that I couldn't turn off, but I did truly enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was different from anything else I have listened to or read, and that is quite an achievement! The characters, though flawed, were utterly likable and well-developed. It was a light, easy listen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well, gee, I can't really tell without giving a spoiler! There were some excellent scenes scattered throughout, though!


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

    No, I was able to turn this book off when it was time to stop, but I looked forward to it each evening when I normally listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really fun book, and if you want something on the lighter side with lots of quirky characters and an unusual, whimsical plot, this one is for you!

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    Meredith Nashville, TN, United States 09-25-12
    Meredith Nashville, TN, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastical, Remarkable, Just Reeeally Good!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is so satisfying on so many levels! I encourage you to listen to it no matter how old you are. I listened to it my first year of college and introduced my older sister (23 yrs) and my parents to it (55 yrs) and it enchanted each of us.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Howl's moving castle is so creative and fantastical. Also Jenny Sterlin, the narrator, has such a great voice. It has humor, romance, magic, mystery and charm.


    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jenny Sterlin is a great narrator. One problem i've had when i listen to a book is that the narrator can really make or break it. Jenny Sterlin made this book better (if thats possible!) ! She made the characters sound so likable (which they are meant to be) and is so entertaining!


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

    I listened to this book over a two day period, i cleaned my whole room just to have something to do that would justify non-stop listening.


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    Clare O FALLON, MO, United States 09-23-12
    Clare O FALLON, MO, United States 09-23-12
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    "Disappointed Overall"
    What disappointed you about Howl's Moving Castle?

    I found that the story lacked energy and cohesion. I often times thought the characters were far too accepting of the things going on.in the story and that there was a terrible lack of character relationships. Characters simply move in and out of scenes and their interactions with each other is rarely very interesting of engaging. Story simply plods along dolling out sparse details until every "plot" point is wrapped up in an anti-climactic ending in the last thirty minutes.

    I place "plot" in quotes, because while there is a story, there isn't much they do with it. There's very little investigation in to details or confrontations that are engaging; everything just kind of happens and then its over.

    I felt at times that I was listening to an abridged version of a story and that I was perhaps missing something; I stopped at one point and made sure that the book was indeed unabridged.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Wynne Jones again?

    If her other books are paced and told in the same fashion as this one, I'll most likely pass.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenny Sterlin?

    Jenny Sterlin was a major issue for me in this story. All of her characters, for the most part, sounded elderly even when they were supposed to be young. Also, many of her characters sounded similar, so much so that when one of them was speaking I didn't know who it was until the sentence told me. I'm not sure who I would have cast, but they would have been younger.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    There were some amusing details, but overall it was boredom and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure who this book was written for. I feel it was a little too boring for children and young adults and there wasn't enough for adults to sink their teeth in to for an engaging story.

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    Gillian 09-10-12
    Gillian 09-10-12
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    "Great atmosphere!"
    What does Jenny Sterlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jenny Sterlin, the reader, added so much flavor to the story. Listening to the narration was an experience that I never would have had if I just read through the pages alone. I understood the book at a whole new level. When the plot got tight, the reader showed it, when it was relaxing, the reader showed it as well. Jenny Sterlin made the listening atmosphere suitable to the story and it was hard to stop listening once I started.


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    Sverre United States 08-28-12
    Sverre United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, even for adult listeners"

    A very enjoyable listen with great narration and an awesome story, definitely recommend it for anyone.

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    Leslie Vancouver, WA, United States 08-16-12
    Leslie Vancouver, WA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Teen Fantasy with a Twist"
    Would you listen to Howl's Moving Castle again? Why?

    I finally took the time to see what the buzz was about. While I found this story engaging and entertaining, it didn't speak to me on a deeper level. One listen was enough.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Wynne Jones? Why or why not?

    The storytelling was excellent, but it wasn't my type of story.


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    Tony Bird 07-30-12
    Tony Bird 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Narration Brings This Story to Life"
    Would you listen to Howl's Moving Castle again? Why?

    Yes. My children would really enjoy it, and it would be a pleasure to relive the adventure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story had many elements that all came together beautifully. There was excitement and adventure, but also the solving of many puzzles and mysteries. It made me think.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the final scene where Sophie and Howl defeat the Witch of the Waste's fire demon, and everything is set right.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None of my reactions were extreme. The story was relaxing and pleasant all the way through. I often found myself chuckling at many parts.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was superb, and I especially enjoyed Jenny Sterlin's voice for Calcifer. She also brought a sultry sexiness to the voice of Miss Angorian and the voice of young Sophie.

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    Angel 07-25-12
    Angel 07-25-12
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    "Different"

    An enjoyable light read, with a unique story line. Witches and fantasy make for fun, but the theme can become redundant. Not so for this short read, the title gives only a hint - the moving castle - but there are many aspects that are new to this story. The novelty is appreciated.

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