• Bark to the Future

  • Chet and Bernie Mysteries, Book 13
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (307 ratings)

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Bark to the Future

By: Spencer Quinn
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
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When Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe), and his human partner, PI Bernie Little, are approached by a down-and-out older man with a cardboard sign at an exit ramp, Bernie is shocked to discover the man is a former teammate from his high school baseball team. Chet and Bernie take Rocket out for a good meal, during the course of which Rocket refers to their class's prom queen, who supposedly vanished in a mysterious way. Bernie can't get the story off his mind, and goes back to his old high school, where much that he remembers turns out not to be true. Did the prom queen marry the captain of the football team, move to Hawaii, and later join some sort of commune in Kauai? The former football captain, now running a mining company in the desert searching for rare earth minerals of import to national security, is not helpful—and there are powerful and dangerous people not happy with the questions Bernie is asking. 

Bernie soon learns that he misunderstood much about his high school years—and now, plunged into a dangerous case, Chet and Bernie discover what can happen when national security interests are thought to be at risk.

©2022 Spencer Quinn (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Fun but Repetitive

It’s a clever device -and very enjoyable at that- to hear these stories from Chet’s perspective. The author also delivers with an engaging style, full of humor. To top it off, the book also superbly narrated.

The only frustrating aspect is that the reader gets no credit for having read the previous books. It feels like 30% of any given Chet book relates to the actual (new) case, but 70% describes the relationship between Chet and Bernie, through a constant rehashing of previous stories. It’s now to the point where there is rehash of the rehash within the same book. Did we find out twice that Suzie and Jacques are married? Yes, I believe we did.

I understand that new readers won’t likely start these adventures at #1, so a little repetition has to be part of the experience. Nonetheless, the formula is off, and the author should give more credit for having read the other books in the series, say 30% rehash, 70% new.

Time for Mr. Quinn to give himself a nice shake, and do something a little differently. There is a lot of wonderful writing in the Chet series and The Right Side, and I’d love to see more.

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Always a great read

I love Chet and Bernie! Always an entertaining story, always many laughs at Chet’s perspective on things, and great narration, as always. If you have a dog that you love, you will look at them with different eyes❤️ Love this series.

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I love the Chet and Bernie mystery series

I enjoyed this so much. Thank you Audible, Spencer Quinn and Jim Frangione for making my day brighter once again! Always a pleasure.

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  • 08-25-22

Chet & Bernie, ALWAYS a PLEASURE

The Chet & Bernie Mysteries are the ONLY books, I buy on first day of release and finish quicker than I want. Jim Frangione is truly perfect and the enjoyment that I receive from these books is enormous. If you like dogs, good fun stories and superb narration, give them a try, you will not be sorry

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Loved it!

I am a real Chet and Bernie fan, and this was among the best. I highly recommend it!

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Never a dull moment!

I’ve followed Chet & Bernie from Book 1 & they never fail to impress me. Always fast moving adventure in a book that’s hard to put down, this episode was no exception. There’s a lot of twists & turns with plenty of suspense mixed in. I’m looking forward to the next book already!

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Chet and Bernie, great partners!

I love Chet and Bernie stories! And the reader, Jim Frangione first a wonderful job, sounds just like the Chet I imagine.

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OUT OF THE PARK AGAIN!!!

LOVE IT 💘 AS I HAVE EVERY OTHER BOOK WITH CHET AND BERNIE!! Greatly appreciate cleaning up the language, Thank you very much!! I had to read your first books to my children because the bad guys language were so bad! Yes there are still many of us who does not appreciate profanities. Your a gifted story teller. You make CHET and BERNIE
REAL!! I've read some of your other work. Amazing intellect! Enjoyed the children stories as well. I've told you each time to please let CHET and BERNIE live forever!! I'm elderly now . My family all love you for bringing their favorite hero's
to life in each and every book. I now listen to all your CHET and BERNIE books on audio. Jim Frangione are the
characters!!!! Simply Amazing!! He sounds exactly as I heard them while reading! I love CHET and BERNIE !
I loved you and now Jim for bringing them to life by listening. Your Amazing Duo will live on forever for the millions of us a Man and His Best Friend to life every time you give us CHET and BERNIE to read and 💘love! THANK
YOU ,THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOREVER. AMAZED AGAIN!!! N.K.

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Very entertaining

Spencer Quinn has a very familiar formula in each book. It’s a great formula. I couldn’t imagine a different narrator than Jim Frangione. The fact that the story narrated by Chet the dog always makes me laugh. I listen to audio books on a regular basis just to survive all the hours I spend in a driver’s seat. Keep writing the stories Mr. Quinn and I’ll keep buying.

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So nice

As a big dog lover Chet's take on his cases are really enjoyable. The story has twists and turns but Chet's there to save the day. And then there's Bernie, such a cool guy. I'll continue reading all of Spencer Quinn's Chet & Bernie mysteries because they are enjoyable but have the intrigue of a good mystery.

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  • Kat M.
  • 08-25-22

Great fun with Bernie and of course, Chet The Jet

Love reading the Chet and Bernie series but listening to them is even better. Well written and wonderfully narrated, Chet and Bernie come to life. Can't wait to listen to more of their adventures.