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Dog on It Audiobook

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school ("I'd been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn't remember exactly, although blood was involved"), but he's a detective through and through.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kamala Land El Paso, TX 01-26-15
    Kamala Land El Paso, TX 01-26-15 Member Since 2001

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    "Fun story"

    Narrator was great. Author really knows dogs. It was a fun story from start to finish.

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    Janet Westlake, OH, United States 01-09-15
    Janet Westlake, OH, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Getting inside a dog's head."
    If you could sum up Dog on It in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Creative. Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chet's reflections on all things dog and human.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does not make Chet too knowledgable. Chet is a real dog who does not understand a lot of human stuff but relies on his superior dog ability to smell and observe to help Bernie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    I am eager to read more in the series.

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    jeanne 01-02-15
    jeanne 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Spencer Quinn is a dog lover's author."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anyone who likes animals. It is funny and a great story. I plan to listen to the rest of the series after this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is written in the voice of the dog Chet. And Chet tells the story with a great sense of humor, and with the wit and wisdom of our canine companions. If you have always expected that they know more than you think, you will definitely believe it after this book.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is spot on and the voice is as friendly and affable as man's best friend.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comments.

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    Dog Friend 12-27-14
    Dog Friend 12-27-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to read!

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    "Great fun!"

    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).

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 10-01-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I just could not listen to it anymore : ("

    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.

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    Alicia 09-02-14
    Alicia 09-02-14
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    "Fun Listen"
    What did you love best about Dog on 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.


    What other book might you compare Dog on It to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Chet the dog.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    Cat 08-04-14
    Cat 08-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    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.

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    S. Beard 07-01-14
    S. Beard 07-01-14

    Audio Mystery & SciFi addict

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    "Charming"
    Where does Dog on It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    light and funny...easy listening while hands are busy (gardening, driving, etc)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chet's point of view is dog-on-it humerous


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    So entertaining it makes you want to do chores just to keep listening!


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator enhances voice of Chet

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    Dawn 06-06-14
    Dawn 06-06-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Dog Character"
    What made the experience of listening to Dog on It the most enjoyable?

    The humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chet


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved how he did Chet.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Where did I hide my bone?


    Any additional comments?

    Easy read, very entertaining, smart and funny dog.

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    Jeanah_99 04-30-14
    Jeanah_99 04-30-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Dog lover=purchase!!!"

    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!

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