I love mysteries and dogs so what more can you ask for? Light, pleasant and funny!!
Being a "big" (double entendre) dog owner, I was looking looking forward to this book. I love mysteries, and dogs... this has both and it's told through the viewpoint of Chet the Dog. I'm thinking win-win right? Boy, was I wrong? The story got dull quickly, and the dialogue got tedious to the point that I couldn't wait for it to end. At first the insights of Chet was amusing but then it got so repetitive that I was thinking, "Edit...edit..edit!"
I understand that the author is telling the story through the eyes, words, and thoughts of a dog, but I couldn't help to wonder if this was written by a high school student... or maybe Chet really is as bright as he claims.
To make things worse, the narration didn't help. Listening to books, a narrator is more than equivalent to a movie editor, which can help or ruin a project. This book, every character sounded the same, so with the repetitive dialogue... you get the point.
I normally don't write a negative review, but I wished I was warned beforehand. There are so many better books to be read or heard.
It took me several chapters to get into this book. The story tends to plod along, especially when dog is with a person, because there are constant asides which really slow down the pace. Really enjoyed the parts where it was only the dog.
The author does a good Job characterizing doggy behavior. Found that the main human character was not that interesting to me. The story line itself was a bit thin.
I wasn't sure about what to expect when I started to play the story but was I surprised. Written from the perspective of the dog. I got some pretty good laughs while stuck in traffic. It made the traffic jam worth it. I didn't want to stop listening.
One of the things that I loved best about Chet was when he would refer to flunking out of Canine School on the last day. Something to do with a cat and possibly blood.
I love the way Jim Frangione speaks as Chet. He puts some great emphasis on the emotions the dog is feeling. He was very enjoyable to listen to.
If you are looking for something fairly light and just enjoyable to listen to I would highly recommend the Chet and Bernie Series.
When I finally got home I just had to get the entire series and listen to them. Chet is guaranteed to entertain.
I'm on my 315th audiobook since 2007. I only discovered Audible in 2010 and I find it's a great way to manage my audiobook budget.
I don't think anyone captures the way I HOPE a dog's mind works as well as Spencer Quinn. This is the most unique detective novel I've ever read. It's full of action, adventure and interesting insight into human behavior. No one can narrate it like Jim Frangione and I will read every Chet and Bernie mystery that comes out religiously.
This is a fast-moving detective story, told convincingly from a dog's point of view, neither too cute or too human. The narrator is excellent, especially in doing the voices of the villains. It makes a poignant case for the adoption of rescued dogs.
I like mysteries, not gory or too much romance. I can stand a little. I like law enforcement, lawyers and espionage, not to complicated.
It's great to read a book about dogs that does't make you cry. I love Chet! His commentary is the type of thing I think my dog would think. I've read all three books. Please write another one!
A mystery told from the perspective of a dog? Perfect! Jim Frangione has all the intonations and musings of a dog's mind down pat! This is a fun book. There is some bad language, not much, but the f-word is in here with some others. I am getting the rest of the series - Chet's thought processes are priceless!
I actually liked this book... being a huge animal lover, every time Chet would do something that was so typical "doggy" I just had to smile! If you are a dog lover, you will enjoy this book. It's not the best story, but unique!
If you've ever owned a dog you will love this book and all the Chet and Bernie series! The "from the dogs point of view" comments made by Chet (the jet) are hilarious and entertaining. The narrator is terrific and I can't wait for the next story to come out on Audible. This book appeals to all age groups....my 11 year old grandson, my husband and I (69 and 73) and my 89 year old aunt as well.