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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.
I can't imagine ever tiring of Bernie and Chet books. This one had lots of twists and turns, as usual. I think this may have been the first one where Chet and Bernie didn't get separated and I enjoyed that because I think it's more entertaining when they are together (too stressful for me when they are apart :). Dog lovers who don't read this series don't know what they are missing! I recommend the Spencer Quinn series, but the audible books of them are even better! Quinn and Frangione both have their finger on the pulse of a dog's inner thoughts if you ask me.
Chet is an excellent friend and partner to Bernie. It makes me smile listening to his reasoning.
I do not like listening to the "f" word. I do not care who uses it. Whether it is the good guy or bad guy, I do not like to hear it or see it on the written page. Hearing it is worse. I almost turned the book off.
This one is one of my favorite in the series so far. Not as stressful as others in the series. I could just sit back and enjoy the ride without smacking my head wondering why Bernie makes the choices he makes!