A fun listen with an interesting twist on the typical detective novel. OK, it's no Arthur Conan Doyle, but there are some twists and turns that keep i..Show More »t interesting. But what makes the story is the narrator, Chet. I share my home with a pack of "his guys", as Chet would say, and he seems like one of my big goofy ones ("Oops, was that me barking?") I wish I knew what my dogs were thinking sometimes, and with Chet's stream-of-consciousness thought process and memories that come and go, he seems like a pretty good approximation. A good "tail" for long drives and long distance running.
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.
STORY (humorous mystery) - This was my first venture into the detective world of Chet and Bernie. In this book they're hired to find a boy who disapp..Show More »eared from wilderness camp. The mystery and investigation are good, but what makes this book refreshing is that it's told from Chet's point of view...and Chet is a dog. Hiking adventures and crooked small-town police are woven into the story, but there is lots of what I call Chet's "doggy digressions" in between. He will be talking about what's happening, and then he will go off on a tangent about how he loves bacon or how proud he is of his master, Bernie. Sometimes he will lose his train of thought completely.
There's LOTS AND LOTS of stuff kind of like this: We finally made it to Jackrabbit Junction. I don't know why they call it that because I don't smell any jackrabbits. I chased a rabbit once and it was lots of fun. That was in the case where we were looking for Slippery Sam. He's wearing an orange suit now somewhere upstate. Anyway, Jackrabbit Junction is a small town with...(and then gets back on track with the story). It's cute and refreshing for a while, but I soon tired of the novelty and just wanted to hear how the mystery was wrapped up. I probably won't listen to any more books in this series.
PERFORMANCE - Nice job! He had a good rhythm which complemented how a dog might be thinking and trying to speak, but it didn't detract from the story he was telling.
OVERALL - I'd recommend this for children and adults both EXCEPT for about six or seven F-bombs which pop up sporadically. You must be in the mood for a light mystery and lots of slightly humorous dog thoughts. The story stands alone.
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.
I always go through a little internal debate about this series. He repeats himself a lot and uses the same scenarios over and over - and yet - they ar..Show More »e still fun. Perhaps you have to be a dog lover. I know with my dogs, they love familiar actions. Somehow, Spencer Quinn and Jim Frangione manage to portray the freshness dogs bring to the repetitive and even mundane! While my dogs do love doing something new, they also bring the same enthusiasm to every little daily routine.
I've never read this on paper, but I suspect that Jim Frangione brings a lot to the table and makes these stories even more fun.
Hilarious and touching, Chet the Jet is the story teller. His short term memory problem interferes at times, but he is blithely unaware. The last li..Show More »ne is the ultimate declaration of dog love-though completely unsentimental. Anyone else want to form a Chet fan club?