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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dodie Smith Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2002 ISBN: 9780807206744
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When the Dearly's Dalmatians have their first litter of puppies - fifteen in all - everyone is delighted. But their joy is shattered when the pups are kidnapped! The humans don't have a clue as to who the culprit is, but the smartest dogs in London are on the case - and on the trail of the fur-loving Cruella de Vil, who will stop at nothing to have a Dalmatian fur coat! Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 2/13/2014

    " Splendid story from dogs' perspective - even though I pretty much have the Disney movie memorized, this plot had enough differences to keep my attention. Very witty and enjoyable especially if you fancy dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/10/2014

    " Drystan was four at the time and found it scary but Dylan and Daisee enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Pate | 1/31/2014

    " So much better than the movie. And I love the movie so that's how good this is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 1/28/2014

    " Talk about censorship. In this version, Cruella deVil wants the puppies so she can sell them to the circus! The boys like the pictures, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/19/2014

    " My introduction to the fact that books are far superior to movies!! I had seen the movie several times and then discovered this book in about 5th grade. It's marvelous and no movie has ever come close to being as good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Addonizio | 1/6/2014

    " I loved this book as a kid. Of course I will always remember the Twilight Bark, the sheepdog and the escape from Hell Hall, and the delightful English-ness of it all, but most of all, this books makes me want buttered toast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 1/3/2014

    " This is one of my absolute favorite Disney movies. The little details in the novel make the story just that much more enjoyable! I love this book. I'd like to find out why Dodie Smith wrote it. It felt like she wrote it as if she were telling the story to her children. Normally that can get a little bothersome.. but it made the book charming. ^^ So great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 12/26/2013

    " Nothing like the movie, animated or live action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Young | 11/13/2013

    " Thanks to this book, I learned about England (Regent's Woods, Primrose Hill, Suffolk) and lovely British customs like tea with milk and hot buttered toast. Confirms that all dogs gossip to each other about their respective pets (owners). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Clough | 10/26/2013

    " A delightful children's book, far better than the Disney movie. The idea that animals are intelligent and conscious, but don't talk to us, is a classic hardy perennial of the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 elscorcho | 9/11/2013

    " its way better then the disney movie... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 8/23/2013

    " Some interesting differences from the film. My girls loved this movie as younger folks. The book didn't hold the 5-year-old's interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauralea | 8/16/2013

    " So... what makes this book so amazing? You have a mean lady named Cruel Devil, oh, I mean, Cruella de Ville running the show and a hundred (and one) abused puppies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tenderine | 7/22/2013

    " This was one of my favourite books. I read over and over again, it was the reason my family got a Dalmation, I was dots crazy - true signs of obsession with the book. Best reading for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blair | 4/26/2013

    " A childhood favourite which I read over and over again. This was the exact edition I owned and I still have it, albeit in very 'dog-eared' form! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusticgirl | 4/16/2013

    " Very different then the Disney cartoon you are used to...much BETTER. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessalyn | 1/28/2013

    " The most beautiful whimsical book- just wonderful storytelling. Much better than the Disney version! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/14/2013

    " When I first read this i thought it was so fun, inventive . . . starlight barking anyone? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 9/7/2012

    " Read this many, many years ago and absolutely loved it. I'm going to read it again sometime soon. As a kid, I was astonished to see that not only was it a book before it was a movie, it was also quite different. Still loved it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meltha | 3/20/2012

    " I loved this one, in many ways far more than the movie version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa♥ | 1/7/2012

    " I DIDNT LIKE THE BOOK AS MUCH AS THE MOVIE SO I CAN HONESTLY GIVE IT 2 STARS COMPARING IT TO THE MOVIE & 3 STARS AS JUST A BOOK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paddy | 12/31/2011

    " Better than the first Disney movie! Read it, you'll like it, promise. Not all cute. Good writing from the woman who gave us the huge gift of I Capture the Castle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharmin | 12/16/2011

    " This is a classic book and I really loved it as a child! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose S-h | 11/22/2011

    " This book was my childhood. It is a cute, well-written adventure story that's actually better than the movie. (Though the movie is damn good as well). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amala M S | 9/25/2011

    " It was the very first book in my life.. :) So.... "cute" I say!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Marie | 5/6/2011

    " Who knew the movie was based on a book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 4/17/2011

    " Drystan was four at the time and found it scary but Dylan and Daisee enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trix | 4/14/2011

    " This book is one of the best novels that Walt Disney adapted into a motion picture. I absolutely fell in love with it from start to finish and I am sure that it will be a book that will stay around for everybody to enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 3/21/2011

    " A really wonderful children's book, and much better than the Disney film version. I loved her novel I Capture the Castle, so I was not surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Also, people will be very surprised as some of the differences between the film and book, but I won't give that away! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 3/17/2011

    " The first book I ever read & was caught right from the start! A must for every child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anja | 2/19/2011

    " How many times didn't I dream about a spotted dog after reading this book as a young girl... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Pi | 2/11/2011

    " My third grade classroom had a library-loft. I'm pretty sure all of the books in it belonged to my teacher. I remember reading this up in the loft. It was very different from the movie, but enjoyable in a different way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/2/2011

    " One of m fave books as a kid. Has not lost its magic "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 1/28/2011

    " The movies were better, I understood them more. The book was okay and fun, I guess. However, Cruella DeVill is a fantastic villain and is an icon today. She was portrayed splendidly by Glenn Close in the 1996 film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/1/2011

    " I loved this a lot. It is different from (and better than) the movie. I especially liked the ending. (One of the puppies remembers the church as being her favorite refuge while hiding from Cruella DeVil. The symbolism was obvious, but it worked.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 12/10/2010

    " Disney changed the story -- so what else is new? Books and movies are never the same. But the real Perdita was left out and "someone else" given her name! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 12/3/2010

    " this was fine, but i capture the castle was GREAT! why didn't she write more??? i'm going to wikipedia this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bree | 10/5/2010

    " I can't count how many times I read the used hardcover I owned as dhild, so I was thrilled to find this hardcover, even before I had children of my own to share it with.

    The Disnay movie is a shadow of the story that Smith evokes. "

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About the Author
Author Dodie SmithDodie Smith (1896 – 1990) was an English children's novelist and playwright, known best for the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956). Other works include I Capture the Castle (1948), and The Starlight Barking (1967). The Hundred and One Dalmatians was adapted into a 1961 Disney animated movie version. Her novel I Capture the Castle was adapted into a 2003 movie version. I Capture the Castle was voted number 82 as "one ofthe nation's 100 best-loved novels" by the British public as part of the BBC 's The Big Read (2003).
About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.