I’ve read Howl’s Moving Castle at least twenty times, but this time it was on audiobook! Now it’s my new favorite way to reread this book too many times.
Jacket Blurb: Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.
I haven’t heard this narrator, Jenny Sterlin, before, but she did an outstanding job. When I read this book I usually hear the voices from the Ghibli film (even though that makes no sense) but Sterlin’s voices for Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer especially were spot-on based on their descriptions in the book.
I was absurdly pleased by Howl’s Welsh accent, even though obviously he should have a Welsh accent and if he didn’t it would be INCORRECT. Concept: Welsh Howell Jenkins reading the dictionary. We could make billions.
The other standout audio moment was when Sophie is yelling “Be daffodils!” in a rage (Sometimes you just have to work out your anger through botanical experiments resulting in weedkiller). Sterlin’s delivery cracked me up.
I’ve talked about my favorite quotes from this book in another post. “What a stupid way to treat a building!” is my current favorite exclamation. But there are just so many good one-liners that it’s ridiculous, and hearing them was so much fun.
In other March Magics news, I’ve started listening to Year of the Griffin and I’ve started rereading Fire and Hemlock, but I’m not sure if I’ll finish either/both of them this month. I’ll most likely do another post later this week on Hexwood (which I finished) but I’m not sure what, if anything, else.