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)
Already have listened to it twice, and bought all of the Chet and Bernie mysteries.
Good plot. A little difficult to tell a great mystery story all from the dog's perspective, but Spencer Quinn does a good job. Lots of action and lots of significant dog perspective references.
He does a good job of creating the various characters, and usually it is not hard to determine perspective. Good personification of Chet.
I never listen in one sitting. I am on the road a lot and love audiobooks to relax while I drive.
This is a PG-13 or light R story. A number of curse words, crude references and drinking. Quinn could easily clean up the language and make this an attractive teen fiction series. I am ready for his next story.
I have read the whole series and loved them all! I am a dog lover and really enjoy the book being told from Chet the dogs point of view! All the books in the series are easy reads. The plot and characters keep you interested and make you laugh ! If your're looking for a sophisticated and challenging read this is not the book or series for you. I really loved this series and can't wait for the next one to come out! The narrarator does a great job with all the characters- especially Chet!
Happy, fun, and surprising!
Absolutely! There is some world building, as this may be the first story in the series but it's not Chet and Bernie's first adventure. Told from the POV of Chet the dog, he doesn't dwell on his mistakes or take life too seriously - as long as there's food and Bernie in his life, he's quite happy.
Chet is very capable and smart, though his memory isn't all that good. The mystery is suspenseful, especially when Chet is alone in scary situations and has to find a way out of them!
Jim Frangione has a carefree tone to his voice that goes great with Chet's attitude.
Without spoiling the book too much,Chet finds himself in a few life and death situations that had me on the edge of my seat, hoping he'd make it through okay!
It's certainly an interesting concept to have a mystery story written in the first person from a dog's point of view. However, I can't imagine basing a series of books on the concept, and I doubt I would bother with others.
This might make a great book to start with for young adults, or maybe kids.
This book is not about the mystery. If you are looking for a thriller, look elsewhere. This is an animal story, more specifically a dog story, told from the dog's perspective. The author has done a great job of letting us see the world through the eyes of the dog. A few times I couldn't stop laughing as he described dog behavior I recognized from my childhood pet. Story was light, a good one for right before bed. The narrator did a fine job.
A quick, easy, fun read. The dog, Chet, tells the story & it's fun to see how he sees and interprets things.
Chet is probably my favorite character - you wonder how on earth he will get out of some situations.
This is one of the better listens I've had here. If you are a dog person,or just like dogs at all,you will enjoy this book. The more of a dog person you are,the better it is.
When Chet was at the shelter,I was on the edge of my seat.
Chet is the star of the story.
Get this, and you won't be disappointed.
Being told from the dog's point of view was different. It was a clever idea. Didn't care for some of the language but it wasn't as bad as some. I did like the idea of the dog telling the story and you could tell the author knew something about them. Not a bad story.
Humor was great! I LOVED Chet's consternation over his involuntary movements, like his tail wagging. Surprised him every time.
I was kept awake for hours hoping that everything would turn out OK.
The relationship of Chet and Bernie includes that faith that as a child I had in my dog.
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