Noah Padgett’s stepmother wants him out of her life, along with his nuisance puppy Bluebell. Her wish comes true, after Noah clicks on a rogue computer link and vanishes.
Mad entrepreneur Monsieur Percival Poodle is the self-appointed ruler of Zyx, a dimension with Canis sapiens as its main species. Percival collects alien specimens, and two of them have just arrived: a primitive four-legged chocolate Labrador and a human boy.
Noah wakes up in a high security hospital for insane Canis sapiens, without apparent means of escape or any idea where Bluebell has gone. He soon discovers the psychiatrists are nuttier than their patients and that nobody in charge will give him a straight answer. However, they’ve underestimated his ability to bond with his fellow inmates and his determination to achieve the impossible…
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.
It’s a wonderful 6 plus hour children’s audiobook that follows loner Noah Padgett, an awkward adolescence, as he battles first the stepmother from hell and then Monsieur Percival Poodle, the poodle from hell when Noah and his dog Bluebell are sucked into an alternate universe where dogs rule. This audiobook has suspense and dry British humor, which may go over the youngsters' 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.