©1986 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"A wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
I enjoyed this audiobook a lot- though at first it was rather a hard listen because it was so similar to the movie (even though I love the movie) I was kind of bored. But then the story took a twist and I quite enjoyed it! :D The narration was good- and the story was refreshing! It made things in the movie make more sense.
Beautifully written characters who experience things and grow because of them, which is a really nice change. It's rare for me to love both the heroine and the hero of the story, but I do in this book.
The falling star part. 1
I love to read, and I'm thrilled to get to listen to books this way- I can fit in much more reading time on a daily basis- thanks audible!
I really liked Sophie, as well as Howl and the witch. No favorites, this was a fun fantasy read that I'd never heard of, so thanks Audible for the recommendation.
Since I haven't read the printed version I don't know. But I loved listening to this book. I bought three more by this author! I'm sad their will be no more books.
Great Job from Jenny Sterlin! I would listen to her again any time.
YES! and I did.
This was one of the best books I have bought on sale from Audioable! I have bought over 200 books and this is one of my favorites after one listen.
I love books and books love me. It is a life long passion that we share! :)
I just loved the book! Soo funny!! And awesome! My all time favorite! The narrator does an excellent job with changing voices and makes characters more lively! Wish she would narrate more of Wynne Jones' books!
I will listen to this over and over again. Diana Wynne Jones does an amazing job adding personality to each character and Jenny Sterlin brought them to life. I found myself laughing out loud to the dialogues. This is an amazing book! I can see why Hayao Miyazaki was drawn to the story to make a movie out of it.
I didn't read the print version, but the narration of this book is so spectacular, I imagine the audio edition might be at the very least more fun than the print version.
Sophie, of course. Her rapid transition from young girl to old woman is testament to Diana Wynne Jones' talent. Listeners can hear the young girl while feeling the old woman. It was terrific (says this 64 year old woman).
Jenny Sterlin's rendition of Howl was my favorite. She assumed a voice that was distinctive and representative of the self-centered wizard who at his core was quite the compassionate. I heardSterlin's version of Howl's voice long after the story ended.
One of my favorite scenes was when Michael and Sophie were engaged with a talkative witch who was going on and on. Jones captures the moment realistically and humorously portraying how it goes when one can't extricate oneself from a talkative person. There were moments like this throughout the book that made this fantasy ever so real in terms of human interaction.
I spent a solid week driving with a smile on my face as I listened to this book. And I did something I've never done before . . . when I finished, I found I couldn't settle into any of the books I had in my audio queue, so I bought and downloaded the sequel, Castle in the Air.
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