Hound Dog Blues

Narrated by: Karen Commins, Drew Commins
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She's named after a motorcycle. Her dad's an Elvis impersonator. Her mom talks to spirit guides....

Someone's kidnapped the family dog - named King, in Elvis' honor. There's a ransom note....

And then things really get weird.

Memphis tour guide Harley Jean Davidson is about to enjoy a rare day off when her parents call with news that King, their border collie, has been dognapped. Harley Jean's mom insists the culprit is Bruno Jett, their next door neighbor. Harley Jean would rather run over her own foot with a motorcycle than talk to him. He's drop-dead gorgeous - with a dangerous attitude she'd like to avoid.

But King has to be rescued, so she sets off to find him. Harley Jean gets more than she bargains for when she finds a body, as well. Bruno Jett is definitely involved, but how?

The Memphis P.D. wants to pin the murder on Harley Jean's dad. Now it's up to her to clear his name...and avoid becoming the killer's next victim.

Virginia Brown is the author of more than 50 novels, including the bestselling Dixie Diva mystery series.

©2012 Virginia Brown (P)2012 Bell Bridge Books

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Revving up with Harley

Hound dog Blues
Who but a hippy, bike lovin' Elvis fan would name his girl child Harley Jean Davidson?
Well, that would be daddy, Yogi, now Yogi also has a dog, King, he loves this dog and feels a great spiritual attachment to him. The dog doesn't care much about all that stuff, as time after time he gets loose and causes chaos in the neighbourhood.

Harley, now a tour guide, gets the call. Find King. A simple enough request you may think, but wait! There's more ....... King hasn't simply gone missing, he has been dog napped! There's even a ransom note, very odd, thinks Harley, as everyone know Yogi and Diva barely make a living selling hippy stuff.
Harley immediately has a suspect in mind, Mrs. Trimble. King had taken to visiting her in the past, and they had developed a very unfortunate relationship. Mrs. Trimble also had no love for Yogi either, and so begins Harleys' outrageous adventure!
There is a body, there are missing jewels, and there is a missing Yogi and Diva who have now become prime suspects in a dreadful crime. It's all left to Harley to put right.

Meanwhile she gets her fashion advice from her coworker Tootsie, who also works part time as a drag artist, he knows everything a girl would want to know about hair and make up. She annoys the heck out of certain officers of the law, takes advantage of friends' homes ... and eats a lot of bean burritos.
This story takes the reader on a rollicking adventure with Harley, naturally, she solves the mysteries providing us with plenty of fun along the way. I enjoyed the characters and I'm hoping to get to know them better. I also enjoyed my visit to Memphis.

Narrator

I must admit, I was a bit concerned, as this book has both a male and female narrators, Karen Commins and Drew Commins. Following a few less than satisfactory experiences I wouldn't normally choose to listen to a book with more than one narrator, I knew Karen would be good, she's always good, but what about this Drew fella? Well, actually he too is very good, excellent distinct characterisation, no overacting, good timing, pleasant listening.
However, there is a big difference in the listening experience when there is more than one narrator, and I'm still not sure I care for it. There always the feeling that one of them is speaking from another room, or as if we are listening to them on speakerphone, and, for some reason, it's always the male voice. I've noticed this on all my audiobooks that have more than one narrator.
I think it's just a matter of preference though, I do know other listeners love to hear both male and female readers, so, maybe I should just get over it!

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Love this series!

Great mystery and I love the characters and the series! Works well as a stand-alone

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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Great characters

This book had great characters. Harley riding Harley Jean Davidson, a tour guide in the land of Elvis is the daughter of aging hippies Yogi, an Elvis impersonator, and Diva who talks to spirits guides. Their dog King, named of course for Elvis, is kidnapped and they ask Harley to find him. Enter the cranky neighbor lady who hates King and Yogi, the creepy but hunky guy who just moved in next door who might be a jewel thief, the detective Harley has history with, and of course a dead body discovered by none other than Harley Jean. The mystery wasn't the deepest or most intriguing, as is typical of a cozy mystery, but the great characters and comedy made up for it. Promising beginning to a series. I wasn't really fond of the narration. It sounded like someone reading a book, not becoming that character. Harley Jean deserves better.

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Great new series

Loved the start to this series. I really enjoy this author and narrator from a previous series and hope to review each book in this series. Loved the twist on a woman slueth that rides a motorcycle and, of course, is southern! This book was really hard to put down so I finished it pretty quickly. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good start, looking forward to more

This was cute. Took a bit to get into, and I almost quit because it felt a little dusty at first, but it may have been my mood at the start. I am glad I stuck with it.

The narrator does an interesting voice for the main male character—I really like it—and some funny side character voices that reminded me of Blanche from Golden Girls, and Gomer Pyle from Andy Griffith.

I received a free copy of this.

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Okay Performance of a Good Story

If you're up for comedy mystery, this is your book!

You MUST have a sense of humor if you plan to dive into a Memphis-based mystery in which the main character, Harley Jean Davidson, yes, she is named after a motorcycle, has an Elvis-impersonating father named Yogi, a mom, named Diva, who talks to spirit guides and the family dog, King (named after the King of Rock and Roll) is nabbed.

This is simply a fun, purely entertaining read - light, easy to put down and pick up again if you have small bits of time to read or are interrupted often.

I volunteered to listen to this book when the main narrator offered it on Goodreads with no review necessary. I was surprised that a review was not being asked, but I now understand. Getting the book "out there" is the hard part because once it is begun, you don't want to not finish the book(even if you find it a fairly predictable conclusion). There is plenty of entertainment to keep your interest to the end.

I have a great preference for audiobooks as I find narrators add so much more to a story than my internal reading voice. Not only do narrators read all of the words (you laugh, but I am sure I am not alone, when I am carried by a story, to find that I skim to get to the highlight of scenes), but experienced narrators capture the appropriate tone in their voice as well as the correct accent called for by the author. My inner reading voice doesn't do accents well, and tags for the verbal tone of a character often come after the dialogue. It is not overly helpful to read the dialogue, and then read that the words were spoken with laughter or with tears or in a whisper or with a shakey voice. Good narrators and good preparation, though, allow for the dialogue to be spoken with the intended emotion. Furthermore, I enjoy multiple narrators when the author writes their story with multiple points of view, though, good narrators can read more than one POV well, even when the POVs include both genders.

In this case, I am moved by the story to post this review, though not particularly moved by the narrators' performance to seek the next books in audio form. I recommend this book, but have caution to communicate about the audiobook form.

The book is told from one POV, Harley Jean, read by Karen Commins. When the story comes to male dialogue, Drew Commins, Karen's husband, speaks the dialogue rather than Karen. His narration seemed forced and stilted. I believe Karen should have been the sole narrator as the book is written in one POV -- the male voice for male dialogue was not seamless, but actually a bit of a distraction as it did not sound as natural as the lead narrator.

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Good story; whiney listen

Would you listen to Hound Dog Blues again? Why?

The story was entertaining, however I had to force myself to finish because of the narrator's whiney rendition of the main character. The constant what I can only describe as "whining" voice made me want to turn it off. I listen to books to relax if I want to hear whining I'll listen to my kids (Jk) seriously, it made me think of the character as a 13 year old teenager!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hound Dog Blues?

I like the author's humor and found myself laughing out loud

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Karen Commins and Drew Commins ?

I like Karen Cummins who narrates the other series by this author, maybe it was the producer but really a character this age whining to the other characters was just annoying and took away from the story

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

I had to take breaks from the narrator

Any additional comments?

I like this author and narrator but think that the voice should be age appropriate and fortunately I don't see this type of whining appropriate for the age of the character.

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  • Julie
  • 03-17-20

Love me tender

This is the first book by this author I have read or listened to but I liked it so it won't be my last. I liked the mystery and the mystery surround the mysterious next door neighbour and the humour was quirky enough that it was entertaining if not out right funny. The missing/dognapped dog was an unusual plot story, which is what hooked me to being with The characters were fun and kept me listening until the end just to work out what was going on.
Harley stumbles over a dead body when she is out looking for her parent's lost dog. The dog is hated by all the neighbours and when they recive a ransom note Harley had no idea that her top suspect, the woman who has a restraining order on her Dad because they have fought over the dog so often, would would be lying dead in her home. The worst thing is yet to come, Harley's parents disappear before the police can question them about her Dad being seen at the house, at least they found the dog before vanishing, one thing less to worry about. With Harley's hippy dad's freedom on the line Harley starts to investigate and that includes the hunky new neighbour who just moved into the house next to her parents. With missing parents, stolen jewellery, strange neighbours, a best friend cop who know more than he is telling and threats will Harley get to the bottom of the murder? And find her parents before the police?
I liked the fact that there is a male and female narrator and it did help the story but somehow it didn't work, I couldn't always tell who was supposed to be talking other than a man or lady, neither of the narrator's had much range between the characters voices and the males all sounded gruff and deep.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Helen
  • 05-04-20

Fabulous

Loved this book from start to finish great storyline
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Amazing