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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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    Got My Book 11-17-08
    Got My Book 11-17-08
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    "5 stars for the book / 3 stars for the narration"

    This is one of my favorite books. If you've only seen the movie, the book is just as good and much more complex. It is entertaining enough for children yet intelligent enough for adults.

    If you've read/listened to D.W.J's Chrestomanci books, this is a slightly different type of fantasy and takes place in a fairy tale world.

    Sophie is the oldest of 3 sisters and therefore, of course, destined to be the least successful. She submits quietly to this fate until the day her life takes an unexpected turn. Freed from expectation, she discovers just what she is capable of and "finds her fortune".

    If only the narration were as good. I own another book read by the same narrator and liked it just fine. Her voices for this book, however, were a bit irritating and detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the story. It won't keep me from listening to this book again, though.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsie New York, NY, USA 01-24-10
    Chelsie New York, NY, USA 01-24-10
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    "First Listen"

    I loved this book. My daughter and i watched the movie and i loved the story so i got the book. It is a children's book, but i was so amused that i wished it wouldn't have ended. I recommend this to anyone of any age.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Littlest Finch 12-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Different than the movie, better even"

    I love Howl's Moving Castle, at least the movie version, so imagine my surprise when I learned it was a book! The movie, though beautiful, just takes the story a bit too far away from being a fairy tale to more of a fable with a lesson attached. This felt less preachy and far more like a lovely escape into a new exciting world. Check it out, it's delightful!
    The narration was also great, I loved Howl's accent she used. The voices were distinct enough I could keep track of everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. parkinson 06-30-15 Member Since 2015

    Tell me a story

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    "A magical romp for the whole family!"

    I loved this book! I can't wait to have my kids read it. It's unique, imaginative, exciting and squeaky clean. Great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Krystin georgetown, TX, United States 07-05-11
    Krystin georgetown, TX, United States 07-05-11
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    "Different from the film, but still a classic"

    I waited years after first seeing Studio Ghibli's masterpiece adaptation of this book before finally deciding to give it a listen-- like most people, I was afraid it couldn't possibly live up to the movie. In some ways, it doesn't; I find the end of the film to be preferable, though the ending of the book is good. The two stories start off similarly, and Sophie is an immediately likable character (as are Howl, Michael/Markl, and Calcifer) in both, but partway through the stories diverge radically. I assume that some of the threads left hanging by the book are tied together in the sequels, which I plan to listen to later.

    Diana Wynne Jones is clearly an incredibly talented writer: the phrases she uses elicit images that are fresh and magical, and the world she created in this book is one that I want to revisit over and over. The characters she invented are never one-dimensional-- just like most of the objects in Howl's castle, they aren't what they initially seem.

    I recommend this book for any lover of fantasy as well as fans of the movie (just don't expect the same story), and most importantly, I recommend it for readers of all ages. This book is listed as a children's/YA novel, and while I'm sure that younger readers will love it and benefit from Sophie's understated brand of strength, reading it for the first time in my mid-twenties has given me insight into the characters and their motivations that I know I would have overlooked at a younger age.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Viktoriya ROCHESTER, MN, United States 04-27-11
    Viktoriya ROCHESTER, MN, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect."

    Simply one of my favorite books of all time. It has a perfect blend of unique ideas, fantasy, and great humor. Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer are unforgettable characters. It’s timeless and appropriate for all ages.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christie Hutchinson, KS, United States 02-14-11
    Christie Hutchinson, KS, United States 02-14-11
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    "Howl's Moving Castle ~ A Masterpiece"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ledgeworks Hilbert WI 05-16-09
    ledgeworks Hilbert WI 05-16-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Excellent Story"

    Age has no barriers to enjoying this story. If you enjoy any of Terry Prachett Disc world stories you will enjoy this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Coloradofarmgirl 08-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Cute story- written for kids, but adults will find entertaining."

    This is more of a Harry Potter kind of story, but very entertaining and I enjoyed it.

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    "Great narration on one of my favourite stories!"

    WOW. Ms. Sterlin's different voices and accents really brought the story to life. It was great fun to listen to, and it lost none of its charm. I'll be back to listen again (and again) soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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