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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Wynne Jones Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Recipient of two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honors, beloved fantasy and children's author Diana Wynne Jones presents this exciting sequel to her novel Howl's Moving Castle, which was transformed into an Academy Award®-nominated motion picture.

A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NocturnalRavings(Jodie) | 2/20/2014

    " It's....it's over!! D': "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 2/18/2014

    " Not Wynne Jones' best work as the characters felt very mis-managed and the build-up to a villain was rather too quick. Unlike the slow build-up of menace in the previous Howl books or Chrestomanci series, the antagonist never really seemed to be that much of a threat. 3.5 is what I'd like to give. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/5/2014

    " This is the last in the Howl's Moving Castle series and introduces new witches and wizards. It is based around a young girl called Charmain who wants to work in the Kings Royal Library. When I started to read this I was not as excited as when reading Castle in the Air as it wasn't so much as a journey that I would follow. However, Howl, (known as Twinkle for most of the book with a lisp and curly blonde hair) Sophie, Morgan and Calcifer appeared much sooner and played a larger role in the book, which I loved. It was a brilliant book with lots of twists that catch you off guard and an enjoyable read, definitely in the re-read pile! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Williams | 2/3/2014

    " Utterly mind-blowing take on adventure. Early in the story, we are introduced to a little cottage with a little dog. But as the way you manipulate each door can take you to hundreds if not thousands of possible other locations and rooms, the sense of adventure is as grand as a journey across a continent. The sense that dungeons and dangers, as well as other civilizations and kingly comforts are only a few doors away at any time, makes it a very unique fantasy. When the main character discovers a partially completed map of the wizard's house, with lines from some doors reading, "Unexplored" the sense of discovery and adventure and possibility is complete. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeyn Jin | 2/3/2014

    " There's just too many cooks in the kitchen here in this book. The smart and funny lines found on the first book didn't really flowed here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Hu | 1/28/2014

    " A beautiful book. Very funny and idiosyncratic. Especially, when the character's of Howl's moving castle are smoothly weaved into the plot of the book. Adds a bit of nostalgia if you have read the book. A book with a twist and very enjoyable. Charmain is just very clever and seem to be the only objective and sane character in the book, while the rest of the characters juxtaposed her character. A must read if you love Howl's moving castle and magic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthannhroberts | 1/24/2014

    " this book is a follow-up to Howl's moving castle. it another fun light easy read, nothing to deep just fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skedatt | 1/20/2014

    " I found it light-hearted and amusing. Well-worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/26/2013

    " House of Many Ways is the latest from Diana Wynne Jones. Like most of her other works, it is engaging, creative, and fun. This book is somewhat a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle; at least Howl and Sophie are secondary characters in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 12/22/2013

    " Very good, but not as good as the other two, imo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 12/15/2013

    " Alas! Diana Wynne Jones has struck gold again! It's another amazing book to do with Ingary, Sophie, and Howl (OH YEAH!)and of course, new characters! YOU MUST READ THIS IF YOU ENJOYED HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 12/8/2013

    " I need more Howl and Sophie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MB | 11/20/2013

    " Another comfort re-read 4/26/10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/5/2013

    " Fun fantasy with a strong female lead. Howl and Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle show up about half way through but Howl is a "little" changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. | 8/27/2013

    " Such silliness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 11/18/2012

    " My usual complaint still stands: There just isn't enough of Howl and Sophie! Still, this is a fun magical adventure. Jones's characters always amuse me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Johnson | 9/5/2012

    " This book dragged in some places, and was a little anti-climatic, but was still thoroughly enjoyable. Howl's Moving Castle is definitely the better book, but it was nice to get another look at Howl and Sophie. I can never get enough of those two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Allen | 4/7/2012

    " For a book about magic, I found it to be rather mundane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinchen | 12/29/2011

    " I absolutely loved it. Great female character, the book is magical and awesome in every way! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn Hanna | 12/14/2011

    " Howls moving castle was better but it was nice to see Sophie and Howl again in action. Also I don't think she gave the characters enough enough of a story like it eas kind of rushed. But she created a awesome world where I would not mind visiting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 katie | 5/23/2011

    " Loved this! Such an endearing narration, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 5/3/2011

    " Book on CD. Cute, fun story. It was fun to see some of the characters from 'Howl's Moving Castle', too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/16/2011

    " This was a fun, quick read. Halfway through I found myself wishing the book was a little longer! I wish there was a little more of Sophie and Howl, since they were only secondary characters, but I liked the main character quite a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 m.k. | 4/15/2011

    " Really unfortunate that I only started reading Diana Wynne Jones' work because she died and people started talking her books up in places where I was likely to read/listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wmemes | 4/13/2011

    " As always, an enjoyable read. I'd consider this more a partner book to Howl's Moving Castle. Although it does occur years after the events in HMC, the main characters from HMC take a back burner to the new main characters here. Although they are focused on more here, than in Castle in the Air. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 4/7/2011

    " Very good, but not as good as the other two, imo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrysoula | 4/6/2011

    " This laid the groundwork for quite an impressive plot, then threw most of it away for cackling evil. Still, I liked Charmain's characterization and I like dogs and I of course like Howl. And I like the setting and ideas and potential very much. I just wish it had ended as it might have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystl | 3/30/2011

    " I also listened to this audiobook.
    I found this a fun addition to the Castle series. I enjoyed the characters and story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reeya | 3/30/2011

    " i loved this book it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 3/27/2011

    " not a fan of charmain, but otherwise good. didn't read this one in elementary school so it was neat to see the castle series 'end' "

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About the Author
Author Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011) was an internationally bestselling British fantasy author. Although she was best known for her children’s books, Jones wrote anthologies, short stories, and nonfiction works for both children and adults. She has won numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Guardian Award for Children’s Books, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award; she has also been a runner-up for the British Carnegie Medal twice. A number of her novels have been adapted into movies, both for the big screen and for television. Her book Howl’s Moving Castle was made into a Japanese animated movie by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Among her most well-known works are the Chrestomanci series, the Derkholm series, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which won the Hugo Award for Nonfiction. Jones lived in Bristol, England.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of multiple Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.