In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. A well-behaved, gifted student, she didn't arrive home after school and her divorced mother is frantic. Bernie is quick to take the case -- something about a cash flow problem that Chet's not all that clear about -- and he's relieved, if vaguely suspicious, when Madison turns up unharmed with a story that doesn't add up. But when she disappears for a second time in a week, Bernie and Chet aren't taking any chances; they launch a full-blown investigation. Without a ransom demand, they're not convinced it's a kidnapping, but they are sure of one thing: something smells funny.
Their search for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locals, with Chet's highly trained nose leading the way. Both Chet and Bernie bring their own special skills to the hunt, one that puts each of them in peril. But even as the bad guys try to turn the tables, this duo is nothing if not resourceful, and the result is an uncommonly satisfying adventure.
With his doggy ways and his endearingly hardboiled voice, Chet is full of heart and occasionally prone to mischief. He is intensely loyal to Bernie, who, though distracted by issues that Chet has difficulty understanding -- like divorce, child custody, and other peculiar human concerns -- is enormously likable himself, in his flawed, all-too-human way.
©2009 Spencer Quinn; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Dog on It has got more going for it than 50 of those cat cozies ... My sincere advice to you is to rush to your nearest bookstore and put your paws on this enchanting, one-of-a-kind novel." (Stephen King)
I love to read!
I'm so glad I found this series! I have enjoyed every book I've read so far. Having the stories told from Chet's perspective is refreshing and fun. The narrator does a great job with all of the voices, especially Chet's and Bernie's. Recommended for mystery fans (who also appreciate dog stories).
I had read several good reviews about the book, and I do love dogs, however, I found the story very boring and just could not make myself listen to any more of it after two hours of torture. Dumb is the best way to describe it.
I liked the performance. The reader's voice was easy to listen to and not at all affected. I also liked that it didn't have too much bad language as I wanted to have something that I could listen to with my granddaughter in the car. She is at the age where she repeats words. It was a fun, and sometimes suspenseful story, told from the perspective of a dog. Chet reminded me of a few dogs I have shared my life with.
I was looking for an alternative to David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series because I have listened to all that were available. This book also reminded me of "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.
My favorite character was Chet the dog.
At first I could stop the book when I needed to--which I like. However, toward the end, I had to finish it to find out what happened.
This is a book that is very enjoyable. I wasn't sure how is would be but went with what other reviews said. It is from the dog's view, and it is handled really well. The story is interesting and I kept wondering how they were going to solve the kidnapping because you do not know what the humans are thinking. Chet the dog knows so much that could help if only he could talk. I would say take a chance, but remember this is not a Tom Clancy novel.
Audio Mystery & SciFi addict
light and funny...easy listening while hands are busy (gardening, driving, etc)
Chet's point of view is dog-on-it humerous
So entertaining it makes you want to do chores just to keep listening!
Narrator enhances voice of Chet
Loved how he did Chet.
Where did I hide my bone?
Easy read, very entertaining, smart and funny dog.
Say something about yourself!
The first book in a series!! Love it. It's written from a dogs point of view. I Being a dog and cat lover can understand and find many laughs in this book. Plus a crime to solve.
Chet is a big dog that helps Bernie solve crimes in there PI business.
Mr Quinn has a great understanding of dogs. He is able to put into words what we as human believe dogs are thinking.
Mr Frangione is great as always. I find a giggle everytime he says "perp"!!!
Just listen you will like!
I bought this book because the premise sounded interesting and because I had listened to, and thoroughly enjoyed, Suspect. That book so thoroughly captivated me that I thought I should give this book, also centered around a dog, a try. But, since that book was so good, I should have expected a bit of a disappointment.
Dog on It is told completely from the perspective of Chet, the dog, and thus offers a bit of a change of view. The writing is decent, the plot is simple, but relatively interesting and viewing the events through the eyes and mind of the dog is cute, at least for the first book. I am not sure the device will remain fresh and interesting through all of the volumes of the series. Chet himself is an interesting character although Bernie and the other humans seemed to lack any real depth as people. The narration is acceptable although there are some unexpected and needless pauses and at times the flow suffers because of those pauses.
The concept of telling the story through the eyes and mind of the dog is cute and the book itself is OK. I am not sure I will listen to the next book in the series because the human characters lack any real interest. That may change as Bernie has met a love interest and their future relationship may add that missing depth to the humans in the book, but at this point the best I can say is that it is cute and OK.
This was a fun listen on a long road trip. I laughed out loud at the canine adventures, those universal things that make us love our dogs. It was a mundane mystery - not terribly interesting, but Chet and Bernie and their relationship made it shine. I loved this and can't wait to listen to the whole series.
I thought the narrator captured Chet's personality and mannerisms really well.
Great read! Loved the story and the narrator. Excellent job! I am a dog lover and I laughed at Chet's thought process and lack of awareness of his own actions at times - I have witnessed those with my own dogs through the years. Well done Spencer Quinn and Jim Frangione. It was the second time I've listened to "Dog on It". Loved it so much again that I just purchased all of the rest of the series. Can't wait to get started!
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