A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones’ funniest and most popular novels.
In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.
Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls.... There she meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.
But Sophie isn’t the only one under a curse - her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping - and howlingly funny.
©2012 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2012 Harper Collins Publishers Limited
Who doesn't love Howl, he's so vain and selfish, but there's much more to him than he lets show.
John Sessions did a great job with this book, he was enjoyable to listen too and did some great voices and accents for each character.
I love this book, I've listened to the audio book several times, read the printed book and watched Hayao Miyazaki's movie. I love the book the best, and while this audio book was enjoyable, I really really wish there was an unabridged version available.
You think you like the movie?
Well wait to you listen to this bad-boy! You'll fall in love with Howl all over again, and some more too!!
"Sad that it's abridged ..."
Howl's Moving Castle is by far one of my favourite books, that's why for me the fact it is abridged was very noticeable. I have read the book about 5 times and know it well, as well as having a few favourite lines. Some of which were missing.
As for the performance, I think John Sessions was pretty good. I felt he had the right voice as the narrator. As for the characters, I wasn't too sure. It was ok, but when you read the book or of you have watched the Studio Ghibli adaptation, you have certain expectations. Overall, however, I think it was well done.
As this is my favourite book, I am pretty certain I will be listening to this again. It's nice to listen instead of read when your a bit tired or travelling (as reading when travelling makes me feel ill). The book, I would rate as 5/5 and this adaptation I would rate as 4/5.
"what a pity this is an abridged version"
Thisnis one of my favourite books so I was really eager to listen to it...however thsi is an abridged version which leaves Dianne Wynne Jones's masterpiece missing all four limbs.
I purchased Howl as I love the movie from Studio Ghibli.
It's very similar for most of the way but with so much more detail. I must say I like the book more.
I'm looking forward to starting part 2.
"Great children's fiction"
My children love this audiobook, both the story and performance it is one of their favourite bedtime stories
Sophie, who starts off as a mouse of a girl to become a cool heroine
"Fantastical Fantasy World"
I have been trying to obtain a audio copy of this book for a couple of years so was very happy to find it on Audible.
Diana Wynne Jones never ceases to please amaze entrance with her story weaving of magicians‘, mystery & magical mayhem.
The only disappointment for us was that this is an abridged version of Howl's Moving Castle so it was over far too quickly.
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