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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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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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  • 30-06-17

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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Awesome

Excellent story, excellent narration. Try "castle in the sky" too, that's another gem for long journeys.

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Confusing at times

The story was lovely, I can't wait to read the full verion. This version was kind of hard to follow but still entertaining.

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INCREDIBLE

This was a very well thought through book and i listened to it when i sleep. it could have had a few more longer chapters but the narattor was good.
Over all it was incredible

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Howls Moving castle

Great entertaining story with lots of fun and magic with hats, castles, wizards and sisters. Story also has Welsh background as well

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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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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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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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  • 02-07-18

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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  • 02-06-17

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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  • 02-09-20

Wonderful, but abridged

Great story with fun characters. The narration is excellent too. Only problem is that it's abridged, so it feels like details are missing at times.

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  • Sameena
  • 05-09-17

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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  • 04-05-14

Movie.

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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!!