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Publisher's Summary

A companion to Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones' Castle in the Air was named an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

In this sparkling tale, young merchant Abdullah purchases a magic carpet - and soon finds that the enchanted rug is none too agreeable. But despite the carpet's cranky demeanor, Abdullah must rely on its help to rescue a princess from a wicked djinn.

©1990 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"A bewitching romp, gratifying to mind, imagination, and funny bone." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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What Eddie thinks about this book (Eddie is 11)

This is a really fun book. This is book two of "Howl's Moving Castle," it might not seem like it at first, but it is! This is about the adventures of a boy and a flying carpet and you see the characters from Howl's Moving castle again. I also really liked the narrator. I just really liked this book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Christie
  • Hutchinson, KS, United States
  • 02-14-11

Howl's Moving Castle trilogy book 2

NOTE: This is #2 of the Howl's Castle trilogy, so if you don't want to ruin Howl, the you should read it(Howl) first.
This is a GREAT BOOK!!! If you like magic, wizards, and other like things, you will ADORE this audiobook. Coupled with Narrator Jenny Sterlin (who also narrates "The Hollow Kingdon" by Clare B. Dunkle, which is a similar masterpiece to Howl), this book will export you. The author is riotously funny in several places which I love. All star rating!!!!!! How can anyone NOT love it???:) -Adoring Fan

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful, creative modern fairytale

I loved this book. The reader is the best. Her voices are distinctive and embody the characters. My only quibble, and the reason I didn't give it a 5 overall, is that in order for the ending to make sense, the listener must have read Howl's Moving Castle first. And in a way, that was disappointing because I loved the Djin, the genie, and the carpet.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A very pleasant surprise!

I was nervous to listen to this book because the first book was so amazing and this seemed to start in a completely different world. I couldn't understand how the 2 could be related. However, this book is amazing! Slowly the two stories come together so cleverly I found myself smiling and laughing quite often. The plot is beautiful and Jenny Sterlin made it come to life. I am looking forward to listening to them again and again.

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  • Margaret
  • EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States
  • 07-23-17

a fanciful Arabian twist

I was a bit sceptical at first. howl is my all time favorite and I wasn't sure she could top it.
this book is defiantly worthy. an extremely charming Arabian nights take with of course the ingery flavor.

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  • -Jes-
  • Hoosick Falls, NY, United States
  • 01-17-12

A wonderful story with a wonderful narrator

If you could sum up Castle in the Air in three words, what would they be?

Enchanting, fun, magical

What other book might you compare Castle in the Air to and why?

Howl's Moving Castle & House of Many Ways; same author, same narrator.

Stardust - love story with lots of magic and perseverance.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved the climax of the story, actually - it was very clever.

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

Definitely

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. I've already listened to it twice - it was really a lot of fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Magical Tale

Great story with fun twists. I didn't like the central characters as much as in Moving Castle but still a fun story.

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Another great performance!

A great story and narration I will look for more books read by this narrator.

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Little bit of a letdown after Howl’s Moving Castle

Cute but predictable story. It’s fun and full of adventure, which kids will like. The characters aren’t as deep or engaging as in Howl’s Moving Castle, which for adult readers like me, takes this one down a few notches. Even though I liked Sterlin’s narration on Howl’s Moving Castle, I didn’t care for her character voices in this one. In fact, she voiced two characters toward the end in such a horribly irritating way that I almost didn’t finish listening. Fortunately, those characters didn’t have a ton of lines and I powered through. Also, she read so slowly at the beginning that I had to check my audible app settings to be sure I wasn’t on 0.5x speed!!

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  • BeckyT
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • 07-05-18

A let down after "Moving Castle"

After I enjoyed "Howl's Moving Castle" so much I couldn't wait to download this book which is the second in the World of Howl novels. Of the entire series though this is a purchase I regret making. I found the story to be hard to get into and never really felt it engaged me as a reader. I prefer to leave "Moving Castle" as a standalone novel in my mind and forget about this book and the third in the series.

Jenny Sterlin's narration is just as wonderful as it was for the rest of the World of Howl novels though and was the bright point of the whole experience.