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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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    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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    Mallory United States 06-12-12
    Mallory United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Most enjoyable!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    T. Huynh Honolulu, HI 06-08-12
    T. Huynh Honolulu, HI 06-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Reader was perfect--story magical."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Calcifer. Bad-ass.


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

    Howl's accent--awesome.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The falling star part. 1


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    Lauren 05-30-12
    Lauren 05-30-12

    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!

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    "Fun listen, Jenny Sterlin's voice is incredible"
    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    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.


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    Jessica Aubrey, TX, United States 05-29-12
    Jessica Aubrey, TX, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful BOOK!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Howl's Moving Castle to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Great Job from Jenny Sterlin! I would listen to her again any time.


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

    YES! and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Veronika Winneg, MB, Canada 05-25-12
    Veronika Winneg, MB, Canada 05-25-12 Member Since 2016

    I love books and books love me. It is a life long passion that we share! :)

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    "How's Moving Castle"

    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!

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    Megan 05-24-12
    Megan 05-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect in every way"
    Would you listen to Howl's Moving Castle again? Why?

    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.


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    Patricia Jamestown, CA, United States 05-21-12
    Patricia Jamestown, CA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Kept a smile on my face"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Howl's Moving Castle to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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).


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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