As a dog lover I truly enjoyed this book - - the narration from the dog's perspective was so funny! Enjoyed it immensely - I think I liked it in audio..Show More » more than I would have if I had read it - the narrator was great!
Because I'm not a dog, I can't say for sure that the author and reader of this delightful story have perfectly nailed what goes on in a dog's mind. B..Show More »ut it sure sounds like it. The reader, Jim Frangione, is fantastic. Everything about Frangione's delivery portrays Chet, the engaging animal who tells the story, just as I imagine Chet would sound to another dog.
This book is the second in the series. I suggest starting with the first in the series, but it's not impertive to do so. The second book is even funnier than the first. I hope this series continues for many dog years to come.
Light, funny and well written. The tale (no pun intended) is written from the dog's point of view. Different from most books written by the pet howe..Show More »ver, this dog actually behaves like a dog, not like a furry human. Jim Frangione is perfect as Chet. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Chet's voice, in the sense of the author's "voice" is lovable. The story is a page turner and the balance of suspense and comedy is perfect. Quinn has..Show More » a terrific way of telling you one thing through his narrator, but showing you quite another. The characters are not just boring beautiful people types that so much popular fiction is littered with. They have depth and humor -- even if the humor is goofy. Quinn is a master story teller, has got his dialogue down, does something innovative with the Sam Spade genre, and Jim Frangione has the voice and intonation that you just KNOW Chet has.
In this story, Chet and Bernie leave Arizona for Louisiana. The one thing that struck me as not quite perfect is that I don't think Frangione had the Louisiana accents right, but maybe he wasn't supposed to.
If you are new to the world of Bernie Little (Hawaiian-shirt wearing Arizona P.I.) and his intrepid partner, K-9 flunkee (there was a cat involved, en..Show More »ough said) Chet (the Jet), I urge you to give this book a try. Although it is the 7th of the series (and Chet often refers to past cases in his mental soliloquies), you can easily start with this book.
Spencer Quinn is as reliable a writer as David Rosenfelt -- I always know what to expect and am never left wanting, saddened only in knowing I will need to wait for my next Chet and Bernie adventure.
The books are told from the point of view of Chet, which can be puerile or overly sentimental in the hands of less skilled writers. Quinn gets Chet just right, "plain and simple." If you have ever looked into your dog's eyes and wondered what he was thinking, this book is for you! Could your sleeping dog's whimpering be caused by a nightmare of a javelina with buzzsaw tusks? I just love Chet!
The mystery isn't overly complex, so if you are looking for twist and turns and surprising denouements, you can skip this one. If you are looking for a delightfully fun romp in the world of Chet and Bernie (this time in the mean streets of Washington, D.C, where Bernie's girlfriend Suzie Sanchez is working as a reporter), give this one a try -- it is worth a credit.
The narrator, Jim Frangione, IS the voice of Chet and does well with Bernie's vocalizations. However, his delivery of some of the accents (two of the British characters don't sound very British) is subpar. But, he is so perfect as Chet, the few shortcomings did not detract from the overall delivery.
STORY (short) - I've listened to one other Chet and Bernie mystery, one somewhere in the middle of the series. The stories stand alone so you can do ..Show More »that. Anyway, this story tells how Chet and Bernie first meet, so in my opinion it should be Book1 instead of just slapped at the end as a little short story.
Anyway, this book is okay but nothing special, and it might give you an idea of whether you want to hear more of the series. Based on the two books that I've read, including this one, I've chosen not to continue. The stories are told by Chet the dog and there are some cute doggie thoughts, but the mysteries are too light and simplistic for my personal taste. At any rate, if you're a Chet and Bernie fan, you will probably want to hear this book and see how Chet and Bernie first hook up. Yes, a cat is involved!
PERFORMANCE - good job, nothing special.
OVERALL - Recommended for anyone who likes simple mysteries told in a lighthearted way...by a dog. I would almost recommend for children, except the author tosses in enough cursing that I'd say probably not. No sex and only some mild punching/hitting type violence.