©1986 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"A wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance." (Publishers Weekly)
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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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.
Easy to listen to with no distractions.
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.
This is a charming book and will not leave you with disappointment in either the story or the characters.
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.
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.
Well, gee, I can't really tell without giving a spoiler! There were some excellent scenes scattered throughout, though!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
If her other books are paced and told in the same fashion as this one, I'll most likely pass.
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.
There were some amusing details, but overall it was boredom and disappointment.
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.
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.
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.
The storytelling was excellent, but it wasn't my type of story.
Yes. My children would really enjoy it, and it would be a pleasure to relive the adventure.
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.
I liked the final scene where Sophie and Howl defeat the Witch of the Waste's fire demon, and everything is set right.
None of my reactions were extreme. The story was relaxing and pleasant all the way through. I often found myself chuckling at many parts.
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.
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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