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Howl's Moving Castle

Narrated by: John Sessions
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • ana
  • 29-01-2016

Ahh so enjoyable!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Who doesn't love Howl, he's so vain and selfish, but there's much more to him than he lets show.

Have you listened to any of John Sessions’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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one of my favourite audio books

Great story, great narration. absolutely recommend for children and as an adult enjoy listening along as well.

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  • Cal
  • 14-04-2016

Familiar yet new

The reader is committed to giving a great and varied performance. A great little story that's different yet related to the movie.

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Witty and fun!

I loved it but wish it was unabridged! It was still plenty of fun though!

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Fun Read, Annoying Musuc

A fun kids book that should be bought on sale. Mostly because of its length, but also because of the overuse of repetitive, out of place, painful music. I would not have finished this read if it wasn't so short. Maybe if you don't use earphones like me it wouldn't be so grating.

4/5 for everything, but brought down to a three for the music.

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great book

Howls accent is a touch off putting at times but otherwise fantastic in all ways

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  • Vron
  • Curramulka, South Australia, Australia
  • 24-04-2017

Abridged but still brilliant...

When I saw this was an abridged version I was hesitant to try it.... there was a few moments at the beginning that I felt could have been explained more; but overall I found the story to be gorgeous. I'm looking forward to reading the others in the series : )

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-2017

abridged

while I love this book I didn't notice that it was abridged until i started it. so its rather watered down, just a warning but I like it just the same.

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  • Sameena
  • 05-09-2017

New favorite book

And i dare say better than the movie? Even i love hayao mizaki this was too good to be true

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  • Sophie
  • 04-05-2014

Movie.

Any additional comments?

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!!

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  • tina
  • 22-02-2018

fun

big fan of the original book and the studio gibli film. would have preferred the full unabridged version but this wasn't bad. narrator great. listened at 80% for best speed.

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  • SHOMIK DATTA
  • 30-06-2017

Absolutely Brilliant 😘

What did you like or dislike?
I enjoyed every moment of it! Nothing to criticise.

Who was your favourite character?
I love Howl's personality - so Howl!

What was your favourite moment?
I can't choose because it was all amazing!

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  • Claire
  • 02-04-2019

loved it

this was such an unexpectedly good book it got recommended to me on an April Readathon.. I didn't really go into it with any expectations other than I wanted to complete the months readathon... but I was pleasantly surprised I love the music brakes as well

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  • G. Iggulden
  • 03-01-2019

Almost brilliant

This was my favorite book as a child, and I must have read it 50 times. This is a good adaptation, but I do wish people who aren't Welsh wouldn't attempt Welsh accents! it's a lovely accent, but very, very hard to mimic well. In all other respects, John Sessions does a marvellous job.

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  • Zoe
  • 06-12-2018

Fantastic

A wonderful if somewhat slightly absurd story, made more captivating by the narrator. I'd be interested in the unabridged version if it was available but I worry another narrator would not do it justice, so I might just have to get the physical book. I also loved the short music interludes between chapters.

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  • A
  • 02-07-2018

Shame it’s abridged

It’s a great story and suitable for all ages but it’s a shame it’s the abridged version.

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  • Nequë
  • 28-08-2016

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.

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  • stellalucia
  • 28-03-2016

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.

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  • Jamie Hubble
  • 14-09-2015

Excellent

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.

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  • C. A. Lawrence
  • 07-07-2014

Great children's fiction

Where does Howl's Moving Castle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My children love this audiobook, both the story and performance it is one of their favourite bedtime stories

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sophie, who starts off as a mouse of a girl to become a cool heroine

Have you listened to any of John Sessions’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes