©1986 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
"A wonderful blend of humor, magic, and romance." (Publishers Weekly)
This was my first audible book, and it's one of my favorite stories of all time. I've seen Jenny Sterlin perform in New York and have absolutely been blown away by her ability to disappear into a character. That talent shines in her narrations of the Howl series, as she gives each of the many characters his or her own unique voice. Her ability to switch from English to Welsh accents in quick succession is flawless. I love to read this book, myself--but I love to hear her read it even more.
A great light fantasy novel with something for everyone. No need to worry about inappropriate content when listening with children, yet a storyline and characters rich enough to please adults. Far better than the movie that bears its name, this is a classic to treasure and enjoy frequently!
The narrator also does a fantastic job, giving each character a unique voice and filling the book with gentle humor. She is a pleasure to listen to!
I enjoyed the book but it was made very hard by the reader who didn't get the characters. she really missed the mark with Howl. She was good with his accent, but failed to add any nuance or comic timing.
I enjoyed the movie so much that I bought the audiobook. The movie had a few holes that left me puzzled about some details (like who was the little fireball?), and I figured the book would help clear all that up, and it did. I enjoyed listening to this very much, and Ms. Sterlin did a really good job reading it. I recommend it for the child in you that still enjoys a fairytale now and then!
Not remotely. For starters, she wavers in her voice acting for the characters, so it gets confusing. Howl is supposed to be Welsh, if I remember correctly, and her voice for him sounds like a bizarre mix of a salty Scotsman and distinguished Indian-British accent. Sophie's voice acting is all over the place. I haven't decided whether this ruined the audiobook for me.
I have and will continue to do. I loved this book. Magical and fastastical, I was completely transported and want more, more, more! I finished this book months ago and still think fondly back to the days when I had this magical story in my life!
None that I had read, but I would love to find one.
Most definitely. Especially if they like children's fantasy. This would be right up there alley.
It was so quirky and fun.
Probably when Howl throws a tantrum. It's hilarious to envision a grown man going slack because he's mad.
It would have been good to have read it that way, but it was too long to have had time to do that. Not that it was a long book. I just don't have a few hours in a row to listen to an audiobook.
Wonderful story, and even a great movie. Check out both.
I am a book junkie that can't read in moving vehicles with an hour long commute (public transit). Audiobooks save my life!
Jenny Sterlin you are a rockstar! I loved her performance! I was worried at first because I was worried a woman trying to sound like a man would detract from the performance. It did not.
Howl's Moving Castle is very unique I don't really think I could compare it to anything else.
Sophie is definitely my favorite character. She is such a great example of someone who rises above her circumstances. She could have given up and she did not.
I am fairly certain some of my fellow commuters thought I was a little off because of how much I laughed and smiled at Howl and Sophie's antics.
This was wonderful! The reading was excellent; I loved Jenny Sterlin's voicing for all the different characters, especially Sofie and Calcifer. This book was really well written, and there is so much more to the story than what was turned into the movie. There are twists and turns that caught me totally by surprise, and whole characters that no one ever got a chance to meet. If you liked the movie, even just a little bit, you will love this book and this reading. Stop reading the review and download it now!!
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