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In Dog We Trust Audiobook

In Dog We Trust

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Publisher's Summary

After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor of English at his alma mater, Eastern College. While walking around his gated community, he becomes friendly with his next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is shot and killed while walking Rochester, Steve becomes the dog's temporary guardian. Together, these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline's death.

©2010 Neil S. Plakcy (P)2012 Neil S. Plakcy

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    Danielle Bay Point, CA, United States 01-07-14
    Danielle Bay Point, CA, United States 01-07-14
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    "A Cute, Fun, Mystery, Especially for Dog Lovers"
    Where does In Dog We Trust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not sure. This is the first audiobook murder mystery I've listened to, especially one written in this lighthearted and fun style. Not that murder is funny, it's just that the author has a good sense of humor and the Golden Retriever is really cool. I rank it very high for enjoyability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense. Wondering what was going to happen next and who the culprit is. But I really liked how Rochester, the Golden, helped in solving the crime. It was kind of a revenge thing too since his owner was the one who was killed.


    Which character – as performed by Kelly Libatique – was your favorite?

    Well, Kelly did a *great job doing all sorts of characters, both male and female. The main character, Steve Levitan, was consistent in his style of a man with a regrettable past who is trying to get back on his feet. Kelly made this believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Steve was really coming to grips out his divorce, time in jail, the children he never had, and the life and career he has to re-make.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it a lot. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 07-18-15
    Frank 07-18-15

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    "Praise Dog!"

    We have 2 Golden Retrievers so I picked up the sudio for a road biz trip. Cute story, stretched believeability. Liked the characters, bubblegum for the mind. Nothing new, just a good simple story.....with a Golden Retriever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Trisler Wichita, KS USA 08-02-13
    Lori Trisler Wichita, KS USA 08-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A Good Story"

    Overall I enjoyed this book.

    Pluses: I enjoy anything that has a dog as one of the characters. The mystery was well done. I was sure I had it all figured out and suddenly I didn't.

    Minuses: The main character spends too much time reliving his past. I was ready for him to get on with it already and to quit telling me about his wife in particular.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reno 04-24-14
    Reno 04-24-14 Member Since 2017

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    "Trust the dog, forget the rest"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. The plot was soooo obvious. There were no twists and the "smart" protagonist lacked brains.


    Would you recommend In Dog We Trust to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I listened to it, but wondered why I did it. I doesn't go anywhere. The dog makes discoveries, but most of them are not at all believable even if you suspend disbelief. The discoveries only serve to further the plot. Too bad. Maybe the next one will be better. There is a bit of hope that maybe the author will mature in writing ability.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator could easily be a "valley guy." He often ends sentences on an up-raised voice, rather than dropping it. There were many places where I thought, well he has not read that before, because he doesn't have a clue where the sentence is going.


    Was In Dog We Trust worth the listening time?

    It did help me sleep.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    HeatherY 06-20-17
    HeatherY 06-20-17 Member Since 2013

    Devourer of fantasy and romance, lover of all things fiction!

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    "A Good Fun Read for Dog Lovers"

    Steve Levitan has been living a pretty boring life, struggling to find regular work and enduring monthly visits from his parole officer. He recently spent six months in jail over a little light hacking, and as a result he lost his job, his wife, and his life in Silicon Valley. After leaving jail he moved back east and began work as an adjunct professor. Steve is unwilling to confess his conviction and jail time to his old friends and neighbors, and unable to move on and create new relationships without disclosing his past. He lives in suspense of discovery and rejection.

    While on a walk one day, Steve discovers his next door neighbor's golden retriever, Rochester, running loose. Rochester leads Steve to the body of his owner by the side of the road, gunned down by three bullets. Steve wonders just what could cause someone to kill his neighbor, and before he can stop himself he's drawn into the mystery with help from his new doggy sidekick.

    I enjoyed this mystery! This is the first in a series of seven starring Steve and Rochester, but it can be read as a standalone and doesn't end on a cliffhanger. The pace of the book is slow and steady, and the writing is simple and straightforward with plenty of descriptions and character development. Rochester, the golden retriever, was a gem and his mannerisms so truly doggy-like. I thought Steve's character arc was really well done. In the beginning he wasn't too likable, he was inwardly disparaging of his students, cruel to his ex wife, and made excuses for his crime. As the book progressed he became so much more through his interaction with Rochester, and in one particularly emotional scene he finally came to terms with everything he'd gone through.

    The narrator was steady, consistent, and his pace was good. His voice sounded exactly like I'd imagine Steve in real life, which always helps immerse me in the story. I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. It was an enjoyable read, and I do plan on picking up the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 04-02-17
    Jan 04-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Wonderful Mystery featuring a charming dog!"

    This book was so good! I fell in love with Rochester from the very beginning. Dogs are so smart and endearing. This story was totally original and full of unexpected twists. I thought this book was well written and the narrator did a fantastic job. I enjoyed not having the killer figured out until the very end. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. I would definitely read/listen to more books by this author and narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-29-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Written and Entertaining"

    This is a realistic and entertaining story. The characters and plot are believable and engaging. Rochester of course is the star. The narrator was okay. He didn't add to the story nor did he take away from it. I plan to read the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Al 07-23-17
    Al 07-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable, Easy"

    Easy and no thinking involved, so great for driving. "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VictoryRider Oak Lawn IL 07-08-17
    VictoryRider Oak Lawn IL 07-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Phoned in"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A child. Someone who can tolerate a so-called smart person who doesn't use his brains much.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It won't be the next in this series. Childish, simplistic writing. Using the dog as a character to draw in dog lovers. The Chet & Bernie series by Spencer Quinn are far more amusing, better written and better performed.


    What didn’t you like about Kelly Libatique’s performance?

    Like the author, he phoned it in. He didn't have a speech impediment so I gave him 2 stars vs 1 star. But it was a very below average performance.


    What character would you cut from In Dog We Trust?

    I would have scrapped the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would skip this book and get Richard Houston's books first. Much better dog character books. Chet & Bernie series by Spencer Quinn is told from the dog's point of view. Light and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael 05-31-17
    michael 05-31-17
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    "A pleasant read"

    Not terribly outstanding but good fun to read. Looking forward to my next.



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  • Dinky
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    3/31/17
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    "Enjoyed from beginning to end"
    If you could sum up In Dog We Trust in three words, what would they be?

    Gentle detective story, old fashion mystery, a fab dog and fall guy x


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rochester, the dog, who could not love a pooping exhibitionist, with a nose for crime and the best way to get into bed ever..


    Have you listened to any of Kelly Libatique’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is my 1st, pure pleasure, brings the book to life.


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

    Cannot wait to read more.. Rochester is young, huge and fun, look forward to seeing how he educates his new daddy


    Any additional comments?

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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