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Summary

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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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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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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Next please

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

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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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Kristin Atherton draws you in!

Absolutely loved the narrator for Howl's Moving Castle, she was incredible! I felt I knew all the characters so much better through her voice.
The story was very good too, in fact I liked it more than the movie.
I'll definitely be listening again. I wish Kristin would narrate the other books in the series, the only ones available are abridged!

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surprisingly funny

somehow the welsh accent makes it twice as hilarious 🤣 completely different to the Miyazaki interpretation but just as good a story-if not more so

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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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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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  • Maria Stentebjerg
  • 25-05-21

My childhood favourite

Sometimes, there's nothing like revisiting an all time childhood favourite, such as this one. The first words by the narrator are always critical - does the narration live up to the excellent childhood memory? My first encounter with this store, was the Danish translation as an audio book. I listened on old cassette tapes several times spending hours listening to the stories about Howl, Sophie - and of course - Calcifer. I'd forgotten the book untill recently, when I came across my paper copy during a tidy up. Immediately went to Audible to look for an audio edition of the book. Previously, it had been unavaiable to me for country restrictions, so great was the happiness when I discovered that I could now revisit some of the most cherished imagination memories. If you haven't read or listened to this story yet, I highly recommend it - the very special story and charactors will grow on you and you won't be able to forget them, once the story is over. I, for once, keep looking for Calcifer whenever and wherever there is a fire - because who knows - there might just be a firedemon residing in the flames. Enjoy.

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  • Randi Matsuzaki
  • 29-11-21

Recommended

This was cute—decided to give it a listen as I have always liked the anime it inspired.

Ended up binging it as I very much enjoyed it while going about my day. The performance was easy to listen to and entertaining.

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  • NK
  • 07-03-21

Favourite

One of my all time favourite books. The narration didn't really do it for me.

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  • Rose_from_UK
  • 20-01-21

Wonderful!!

A really good story that will appeal to many different ages (I’m an adult). Different to the film, but so much better in a lot of ways too. The reader is exceptional, and one of the best that I have come across. I recommend this book and the reader 10/10.

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  • Mitzi
  • 21-12-20

Aaaa what a great book

This is my confort book, I love the fiery characters and the beautiful plot that ties everything in the end. If you'd like to be inmersed in a world of magic and family, I believe this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.