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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dodie Smith Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: CSA Word Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN:
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Pongo and Missis Pongo are a pair of Dalmatians who live with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two nannies. Mr. Dearly is a financial wizard who has been granted life-long tax exemption and lent a house on the Outer Circle in Regent's Park in return for wiping out the government debt. The dogs consider the humans their pets, but allow the humans to think that they are the owners.

Missis gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies. Concerned that Missis will not be able to feed them all, Mrs. Dearly looks for a wet nurse, and finds an abandoned Dalmatian mother in the middle of the road in the pouring rain. She has the dog treated by a vet and names her Perdita.

Mr. and Mrs. Dearly attend a dinner party hosted by Cruella de Vil, an intimidating and very wealthy woman fixated with fur. The Dearlys are disconcerted by her belief that all animals are worthless and should be drowned. Shortly after the dinner party, the puppies disappear. The humans fail to trace them, but through the Twilight Barking, a forum of communication in which dogs can relay messages to each other across the country, the dogs manage to track them down to Hell Hall, the ancestral home of the de Vil family in Suffolk.

Pongo and Missis decide to run away from home and find them, leaving Perdita to look after the Dearlys. After a journey across the countryside, they learn that there are 97 puppies in Hell Hall, including their own 15.

Thus commences a determined attempt to rescue the Dalmatian puppies quickly before they end up as fur for one of Cruella de Vil's famous black and white fur coats.

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Listener Opinions

  • 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.