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These books are all fun, easy listening.
There's always a mystery plus financial and personal issues for Bernie. Chet tries to put the pieces together while being distracted by food, other animals, perps, and memories of other cases.
Narration is great. Chet starts talking and gets distracted; Frangione has it down perfectly.
I hope there's more coming.
I wish Quinn had found more ways to use the concept of a story told from the dog's perspective. It was such a great idea in his first book, Dog On It, and had lots of hilarious consequences. I loved the way in which Chet, the dog, would get distracted when his owner/partner Bernie was in the middle of explaining the crime they were trying to solve and we'd miss #3 in a list of three. Often, Chet would be listening and then spot a piece on food on the food "Ooh, a Cheetoh! My favorite" and gobble it up, never returning to Bernie's observations. He was a most unreliable narrator, but wonderfully so.
Unfortunately, no book has been as good as that first one. Instead, it seems like each book is less likable than the ones preceding it.
He should've been more excitable and frisky, in other words, "dog-like." I just don't see Chet being so solemn and deliberate.
Jim Frangione is a great narrator and I love his work. I've listened to the four previous Chet and Bernie novels, had I listened to this one first I wouldn't have been as fired up to find the next in the series as soon as it came out.
I recommend it, but not with the enthusiasm I recommended the first 4.
With the first 4 novels I found excuses to return to the book because I wanted to find out what happened next. This book was strictly a time filler, when I found time I returned to listening to it.
Spencer Quinn seems to have run out of original sayings for Chet. As a dog owner I could readily understand his verbalization of Chet the dogs quirks having seen many of them in my own dogs. But this time instead of new sayings he would verbalize "if I haven't already told you" way to many times.
The audio version is great because the reader puts so much "dog" into Chet, and is really good at sounding like the dog point of view.
Chet, "Curiosity killed the cat - don't know what that means, but curiosity must be good." I laughed for days over that line. There were a lot of memorable lines in this book, mostly on the part of Chet, but sometimes through Bernie.
This is one of his best. I really enjoyed it. He balances making the voices clearly different without being distracting.
The crime, the dog, the cat, the romance, the movies, the whole enchilada.
This is such a great series - solid mysteries and laugh-out-loud lines from the dog, Chet. I'll come back to these for a second listen, because there are details that add to the mystery that are easily missed on the first listen. This series is well constructed and executed,and the reader is wonderful. All in all, well worth the listen.
If you liked the others, and who wouldn't, or you love crime fiction and dogs, again who wouldn't, then you will love this series.
I love the characters and it is a series so read them in order.
I'm so glad they keep the same actor. I have had other series that switched, and while the next actor was good, I was already sold on the original.
Audible quality was great as usual, but on chapter, the actor came in slightly different in character, or the recording was done at a different time, and the actor had to warm up to the resonance of his character. He was able to fall in character quickly, but it was definitely obvious and jarring at first from the previous chapter.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Chet is delightful. Bernie is smart and pretty cool.
Together they figure out and fix a complex problem with roots well into the past. Along the way they find some romance.
Chet's chicken's may come home to roost (Chet is the dog, Bernie is the detective) and that is interesting as we so often think of dogs as having no personal life.
If you like a good detective story and you like animals, you'll like this. Chet narrates much of the book, responding and speaking as a dog and with a dog's perspective on the events his owner drags him through. I have read a few others of this series and find it delightful.
Chet's voice is so much like what I think my own dog would think and say. Even if you don't like dogs you'd like the book because the story is good.
I like that the story is told from the dog's point of view. But after listening to 4 of these books, the lines are getting redundant. This book didn't seem to have much of a plot, just more of the silly, but clever lines from the previous books.
Yeah, I still find them entertaining, but I couldn't tell you what this one was about.
I like listening to these books in particular - I like the way he does what the dog is thinking.
Spencer needs to add some more to his material - too much like the previous books.
Just love this series. This edition is traditional Chet & Bernie fare but always great listening. Narrator does a consistently wonderful job on the Chet voice and I can really relate to the dog characteristics. Chet reminds me of almost every dog I've had in my life. Highly recommend it.
Listened to all of them. Love his voice.
Such a fresh idea to tell the story from the dog's point of view.
I love the loyalty and love between Chet and Bernie.
Chet of course.
My busy life doesn't afford me the opportunity to listen to a whole book at one setting.
I do wish Chet was not put in so much danger. I always know he will escape and save the day, but I don't like it when he is mistreated.
Yes I highly recommend this book and any Chet and Bernie book! They are so funny! Chet's devotion to Bernie (and vice versa) is so great!
The plots are always good and not overly complicated. The story is so enjoyable you like the "mystery ride" as well as the dialogue.
He is the BEST! Jim Frangione IS Chet!
The story between Bernie and Susie is sweet and touching.
These are great books and even non-dog-lovers (are there any?) would like them