Okay, so maybe the mystery wasn't so mysterious -- it was still good. But the true pleasure of the book was hearing it through the voice of the faithful dog! Chet comes across as a dog, through and through, and dog lovers will recognize him and see so much of their own faithful companions in him that they will be as charmed as I was. Yeah, it was a little bit disappointing that Bernie didn't get the mystery quicker, but he did keep at it -- dare I say -- doggedly! And if things depended a little too much on luck, these things do happen! I look forward to the next Bernie & Chet mystery!
In turns funny, clever, and even at times sad, Dog On It is a wonderful debut of a new mystery series, narrated by Chet, a exuberant and lovable mutt who accompanies Bernie, his master, who is a private detective, on a case involving a missing teenage girl. Fun and highly recommended!
I listened to this audio to and from work and it really made a tedious drive go more quickly. The dog's perspective and difficulties getting what he knew across to the detective were great fun. More please!
Entertaining. Accurate behaviors. .
I liked the whole story: plot, character development and of course, Chet.
I really appreciated that Jim Frangione never over played any of the roles.
This book made laugh out loud VERY often. My own German Shepherds enjoyed my reactions. I can't say they were actively LISTENING to the STORY, but one ran to the iPod when the story came to the end of the first download and the device went silent. (The same way that my alpha alerts me to phone calls that I miss). I listen to audio books when cleaning the house and doing chores, so my dogs follow me from room to room, helping carry items, putting things in the trash or dragging the laundry basket. Perhaps they liked this story because every time Spencer Quinn nailed one of Chet's reactions, I would smile and interact with my dogs.
Chet and Bernie are a great team, according to Chet. Chet tells the story and he tells it like it is - if you are a dog. It has mysterious twists, danger, and enough action to keep it moving along. Enjoyed it and recommend it for "easy listening".
A cute, light mystery with a likable animal as narrator. Maybe not *quite* a four-star book but better than a three, so I'm rounding up. I'd read (or listen to) more in this series
Great narrator. Jim Frangione does a great job of distinguishing voices and the dog's perspecitve is perfect for audio books. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!
Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!
I write about the whole series (so far) not just this book. My husband & I have fallen in love with Chet and Bernie. Four mysteries told from Chet the dog's point of view--we have listened to these on car trips--and found ourselves wanting to keep driving just to hear more. Stories are funny and kind of corny--and I mean that in a heart-warming way. Something like old fashioned good entertainment. Then, two more things besides. The author has a very clever insight into what (we humans may presume) a dog thinks--sometimes funny as the dickens, other times a little bit of a reminder of how much we probably mean to our pets. The other is, the narrator is tops! He does Chet the dog so well, that we doubt anyone could do it better. Really good series--cannot recommend it enough to anyone who wants something a little light, but completely engaging.
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Told by the perspective of the dog, this series has proven a very entertaining listen. I can't look at my own dogs the same. I was actually a little hesitant to listen as I was afraid this would be almost stereotypical in the way it may handle the aspect of the dog as narrator, but I was pleasantly surprised. A few places this first book was a little slow, but rightly so for the character development and sped right up again. The narration is great. Jim Frangione indeed makes you want to meet Chet, or get a Chet of your own. There is alot of light good humor, despite a few profane words (mind you NEVER uttered by the dog) by the
Chet and his smeller.
Brings Chet to life, his semi-frantic telling really lends itself to how me might see how a dogs mind shifts so quickly.
Laugh! Smile! Wanna hug my dogs!