Narrated by Mil Nicholson
Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Noah Padgett’s new stepmother Kate treats him as the worst inconvenience in the world and wants him to disappear out of her life, along with the nuisance puppy that his father bought him for his birthday. Her wish comes true, although too fast for her to notice.
Mad entrepreneur Monsieur Percival Poodle is the self-appointed ruler of Zyx. A dimension where Canis sapiens is the predominant species. Percival likes to collect alien specimens, and two of them have just arrived in his dimension from Earth. One is a primitive four-legged chocolate Labrador and the other a human boy.
Mercenary Lurcher Sergeant Salt works for the highest bidder and makes it his policy to extract maximum profit from jobs. This means selling his alien captives separately, however much distress it causes them.
Fate has already stolen Noah’s beloved mum from him. Replacing her with a stepmother from hell. Now it seems that Fate has struck again and stolen Noah’s beloved puppy. Leaving him to languish in a high security hospital for criminally insane Canis sapiens, with no apparent means of escape.
Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Take one part Cinderella’s evil step-mom and one part Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, swap out said rabbit hole and insert computer screen, throw in Dorothy’s we’re not in Kansas anymore and stir in dogs. That’s the recipe for Noah Padgett and the Dog People.
Noah Padgett is a wonderful 6 plus hour children’s audiobook. It follows loner Noah Padgett, an awkward adolescence, as he battles first the stepmother from hell and then Monsieur Percival Poodle, the poodle from hell. Noah and his dog Bluebell are sucked into an alternate universe where dogs rule. This audiobook has suspense and dry British humor. Some of which may go over the youngster’s heads, but makes it a listen that adults will enjoy as well.
At the beginning it took me a bit to warm up to Mil Nicholson’s style of narrating. To an eleven-year-old listening to this story the best description I can give is, imagine your feisty ole grandma gleefully reading you a scary bedtime story and acting out every character.
By the end of the story, I was a fan! The audio quality isn’t the best, there were several studio noise moments where extraneous movements could be heard and the sound quality overall was a little thin. But these minor grievances should not detract from the overall enjoyment of this audiobook.
I look forward to hearing more from author Sarah Potter.