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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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    Donna 03-08-15
    Donna 03-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun fun fun"

    Good story with a good narrator. I will listen to more in this series. Don't have to think too much can just relax and chuckle along with the story.

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    Voracious Reader NY 03-02-15
    Voracious Reader NY 03-02-15 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "Dogs point of view for Detective "Tale""
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was ok but not as good as it could be... The dog seemed smarter than the detective despite his memory limitations. The dog saved the detective's life multiple times. When the dog was dognapped, the detective put up posters - some detective(!) and the dog had to rescue himself; it wasn't till days later a neighbor told him he thought he saw the dog abducted. If my dog disappeared I'd be interviewing every neighbor, and I'm no detective.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    1) Stop mentioning the yucky stuff the dog eats - old yucky stuff. 2) Shorten it - maybe have Bernie actually try to do something like FIND HIM when Chet disappears 3) Have the detective SHARE his info with his cop friend instead of keeping all the linked pieces to himself so, when his whiteboard is stolen & he's kidnapped, nobody else knows the linked pieces. 4) Bernie can take on a whole bar of bikers but is kidnapped by a couple Russians - wonder how they overcame him - that wasn't shown.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was ok. I didn't dislike anything.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. Never a Scooby-Doo fan.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've covered the detective Bernie's shortcomings sufficiently. The dog is great - smart, resourceful, brave, loyal--the real hero.

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    Leesa 02-26-15
    Leesa 02-26-15
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    "Chet is great!"

    I enjoyed this book. It's told from the dog's perspective, so don't go into this thinking it'll be fast paced and all about the mystery. Dogs get distracted sometimes.

    I thought the narrator did a great job of being Chet's voice.

    Looking forward to more adventures with Chet and Bernie.

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    Tauna 01-30-15
    Tauna 01-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun story!"
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    It took me a while to get into this book. As soon as I put it up to 2x speed, THEN things started to work. I love Chet and his narrative style! If only it wasn't read so S L O W L Y...

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    Jennifer Silva Redmond San Diego 01-26-15
    Jennifer Silva Redmond San Diego 01-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic fun--especially for dog-lovers!"
    What did you love best about Dog on It?

    The story, as told by the dog, Chet. Insights into dog behavior and thoughts. Too funny.


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

    Chet!


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

    Charley

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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

    Audio bookphile

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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