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The beloved modern classic, released as an unabridged audiobook for the first time in 2019. 

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and invisibility cloaks exist, young 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, Sophie makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above her town, 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 Sophie meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the fire demon, with whom she agrees a pact. Her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl and Michael and her quest to break her curse come alive with Diana Wynne Jones’s unique combination of magic, humour and imagination.

©2019 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“Imaginative and terribly funny.” (Michael Morpurgo)

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Excellent performance of this lovely book!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this performance of Diana Wynn Jones's classic book, Kristin Atherton is a lovely narrator, and I hope that she will be able to read the next two titles in this short series. I've read the book, seen the animated movie (not quite the same as the book but very good), and was so happy that the unabridged audiobook has just been released. I've listened to John Sessions read the next in the series, sadly that was an abridged version. I'll be looking for other books read by Kristen Atherton.

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So beautiful!

Loved loved loved it!!! The narrator was so good with the voices! Absolute gem! Highly recommend!

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Perfection Adaption

One of my favourite books and this is a wonderful adaption. Can't wait to listen again, and I hope they release the next two as unabridged copies read by the lovely Kristin soon. Can't recommend it enough!

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Hilarious and Heartwarming

SO. GOOD. There was so much life and personality with these characters, all beautifully performed by Atherton. My friend and I spent the last two weeks in isolation after getting back from Europe before heading home listening to this. I'd raved about the book to her before but she'd always forget to read it, so when we were in isolation and I saw that audible FINALLY had a full version of the book instead of the abridged version, how could I resist? We both enjoyed the story and the performance immensely, and I don't think either of us can fully enjoy the Ghibli adaptation after listening to it! As charming and wonderful as movie!Howl is, WHERE IS HIS PERSONALITY?? WHERE IS THE SASS???? WHERE IS HIS WELSH ACCENT????? And more importantly, WHERE IS SOPHIE'S MAGIC?????? The book is incredible and I'd recommend to anyone and everyone if I could. If you've only watched the movie and are curious about what the book is like, just give it a try, you won't regret it.

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Phenomenal -must choose over the abridged version!

Phenomenal - a must-choose over the abridged version! fun an entertaining from start to finish.

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Unabridged with great narration

Delighted to find an unabridged version of this fantastic story. Brilliantly narrated too. Kristin Atherton vividly portrays the various characters. Throughly enjoyed it and looking forward too more unabridged versions like this in the series.

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Next please

A really charming book read beautifully, I hope they do the next two with Kristin!

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wonderfully creative

great story and definitely worth a listen if you're only familiar with the film -

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Loved this book!!!!

Amazingly written by Diana Wynne Jones, what a treat :) beautifully narrated by the super talented Kristin Atherton :)

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Loved it!

I loved this version of the story. Totally worth getting and it brought a smile to my face being transported back into the land of Ingary. I really hope we get the rest of the trilogy.

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  • 29-10-20

nostalgic and beautiful. full of memory.

I remember watching Howl's moving castle as a child and loved it so much. A lot of memory brought back by listening again. And an excellent performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-20

Audible: write the name of the chapters!

Great book, lovely performance. Absolutely recommended to dreamers and magic lovers. Only flaw is that the chapters on the app do not correspond to the ones narrated and they are only written with a number. Audible... please, write titles and check them before publishing. Enjoy a wonderful book!

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  • Kingsley Bye
  • 07-10-20

amazing

I loved this book so much it is so lovely and beautiful definitely one of my favourites and I love the narrator she was so perfect for this story definitely recommend if you love books fantasy books with magic and rich characters

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  • theamazingcatherine
  • 28-08-20

Really nice revisit to a classic

Kristin Atherton has a great voice, which can make action scenes crack and bring out nuanced, layered characters. I am extremely glad she read a favourite book of my childhood - it was lovely to revisit it, and she does it justice. I hope she will work on other DWJ books, because this one was brilliant.

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  • Anni
  • 04-06-20

Sweet and entertaining

I loved the story - it was sweet and entertaining - and the narration is wonderful to listen to.

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  • Lenka Bakova
  • 01-06-20

As good as I remember

I have read this book in the past and have come to see if the audiobook is just as good. Spoiler alert - it is. I have enjoyed the narration by Kristin Atherton. She makes voices of the characters believable and her narration stimulated my imagination. This is a nice children's story and also a calming experience for adults.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-20

a real gem

This is such a beautiful story. enchanting and entertaining. a real treat. I couldn't stop listening.