©1986 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"A wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance." (Publishers Weekly)
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Of all the audio books I've purchased on audible, this is my absolute favorite. The story is magical, inventive, original, and enthralling from beginning to end, and the narration does it justice. Sophie is such a likable character, and over time you begin to see why Howl is awesome, too. I wish there were more. This is the author's masterpiece. I also recommend seeing Miyazaki's Anime interpretation of this story, though it deviates toward the end.
I am happily married with three kids and work as the art director for Trendy Entertainment.
I was already a fan of Miyazaki's film but wasn't that familiar with the book. I'd found a copy in the back corner of a used bookstore once and had purchased but never found the time to read it for myself. My wife (who is a big reader) picked it up, loved it and recommended that I should definitely read it too. When I found (to my delight) an audio version and started listening, I was hardly able to STOP listening! Wow, this book is so much more full, and rich, and magical than the film's story and so well narrated too! If I only had two books to recommend from my listening experience this last year they would be The Night Circus and Howl's Moving Castle...they'll leave you dreaming :D
yes the audio version is wonderful. having the story read aloud to you really makes it come alive.
I have a tie. Sophie is wonderful. I love how she attacks the problem in front of her. Calspher is the funniest. I love the way he gives sophie hints.
She did an amazing job of bringing this story to life. I love the way she made Calspher sound crackly, Sophie sound old and Howl sound wise and lazy.
Wonderful book, great story for children and adults.
NO, the audio version although more convenient was not better than the print version. The story is intelligent with well-developed characters and many exciting turns and twists. It was a delightful tale. the only let-down was the narration where all the voices were similar with Howl the main charachter having the worse voice over. But if you love the story you will be able to tolerate the very bad narration.
The entire story was engaging and excitingthroughout
What I disliked the most was the voices of the characters. It would have been better if the narrator had not tried to give different voices to the story characters and had just read the story with her own voice. That was the most irritating part of listening to the story trying to blank out the terrible voices and listening to the plot only.
The actual story was extremely entertaining and made me laugh many times
If you like fairy tales, this book is for you! It is easy to listen to and the characters, though not always painted in their best of lights, truly grow on you.
One word of advice though: if you happen to realize that they have made an animated movie of this story, do yourself a favor and don't watch it. And if you do, just be warned that the movie's story line doesn't hold a light to the book.
Classic British sense of humor wrapped in a wonderful romp through an imaginative magical universe.
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if you have seen Miyzaki's version you will love the book! with many similarities you will see where Howl comes from and how different the two are. when you listen to this some confusion will clear and somethings will make you scream and giggle as you listen to them. i think the only way to make this book any better is to either have the voices of Howl or Calsefer read it to you. and since that wont happen deal with it and love the story that inspired a great movie!!
totally forgot how fun this book was! I reread it in an audiobook format and the narrator added further depth and feeling into the book, making it a further enjoyable experience.
Now from the first time I read the book to this time, the animated version by Miyaszaki Haseo was released. It seems that the movie left me with stronger impressions than I thought. When I read it this time, the castle, the towns, Sophie, Howl and other characters that came to mind were those I saw in the movie. Since it is a somewhat complicated story, the imagining helps. The movie and the book does not have the EXACT same story but if you get a chance please see the movie, too. The imagery is just wonderful.
here it is! Like an old grandmother tell a meandering story that is still cohesive. Piques the imagination and isn't so droll and predictable about "good" and "bad"; more robust and complex. Delightful.
Entertaining, interesting, funny
Howl is my favorite character because he's such a drama king. I love the way the other characters play off of him.
I like the ending and won't tell you why.
The narrator for this book is so good. I really enjoyed listening to this book.
After reading Howl's Moving Castle I immediately got the next book and am about to listen to the third (all in a couple of weeks because they are so good). I am hooked on DWJ as an author.
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