Audio News: A Fistful of Collars

“There have been questions about the audio version of A Fistful of Collars,” Admin says. “Do we have answers?”

“We do,” says Spence. “The audio will be released simultaneously with the printed version (Sept. 11). It will show up soon at Amazon, B&N, etc., and in the meantime can be preordered from Recorded Books.”

“A lot of people like Jim Frangione’s narration,” Admin says.

“Including us.”

Welcome ball-playing dude, Max, Wizzer.



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108 Responses to “Audio News: A Fistful of Collars”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    11:19 am on August 2nd, 2012

    Good morning everyone. Sept 11th is not far away. Can’t wait. Barb’s b-day is Sept. 12th, so guess what she will be buying for herself!

    Barb just got a delivery at the office – a very nice plant arrangement and a $50.00 gift certificate. It was from the two agents and the other office assistant. Pat was not part of it, but now she will be shamed into doing something. Hee, hee.
    Barb said she will use the gift cert. at the local garden center/gift shop. They have nice things, so she will get something to remind of her time here.

  2. B.Stover
    11:26 am on August 2nd, 2012

    I like the Frangione narration also. I gave my brother the audio of THAT last year and he is now reading Dog Who. He loves them but wants to know where Chet and Bernie live. I told him that it’s been left intentionally ambiguous.

    One more day Barb!

    Good morning all.

  3. Tupper and Gilly
    11:33 am on August 2nd, 2012

    We just put a link on yesterday’s posts, but we are repeating it here- cuz we have to:

    Barb – counting the hours with you. And we hope Pat actually has the ability to be shamed.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    12:02 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    T & G, That is a good point! And your mama should know, as she has had more than a little experience with her own Crazy Ladies!

  5. Siber-H
    12:27 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Jim Frangione is the best!

    Yippie for Barb! We are very happy for her.

    Stover, Chet and Bernie live in the Phoenix area. The clues are all in the books.

  6. Carol Anne DeLuca
    1:17 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    We are big, big fans of Chet, Bernie, and Jim Frangione!

  7. B.Stover
    1:26 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    SH: What are the clues? I’ll let my brother know.

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:34 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Clues!…Yeah, what are the clues?…sniff!

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    1:47 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Hello Carol! Welcome to the blog. Always nice to have a new voice jump in

  10. B.Stover
    1:50 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    One of my brother’s guesses was Phoenix and the other was Tuscon or possibly the California desert.

  11. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:04 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Bernie!…I thought he was in California for the longest time…sniff!

  12. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:14 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Stover!…Guess what!?…snort!…It was Christmas in July for Beau and I…heh!…I got a Kindle and Beau got a Nook…snort!…Neither of us has been able to get the credit card out of her purse so we can start ordering things. That is damned frustrating. We thought we could use gift cards, but neither the Nook or the Kindle will let us pre-order Spencer’s E-book with a gift card…grunt!…Do you think they will work after the pub date?

  13. Snowhook Bella
    2:18 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio: You have gone high tech just like SiberH!

  14. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:21 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rebecca!…All we can do is turn them on and look at our empty shopping cart…grunt!

  15. Siber-H
    2:26 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    The easiest way to figure out where Chet and Bernie live is by a process of elimination. We all know they live in the Southwest.
    There are no places in West Texas, New Mexico, or Southern California (which I do not consider a part of the Southwest) that match the descriptions of the landscape and city that they live in. That leaves southern Arizona and Phoenix, which perfectly fit the descriptions in the book of the city, the desert, and the desert mountains. The valley is mentioned many times in the books. Phoenix is in such a huge valley with the same big time water shortage problems Bernie worries about.

    I wish I could blurr you guys to Phoenix so you could see how well it matches the descriptions in the books. Spence writes beautifully about the landscape…the desert and the mountains, and the dirt roads. He also captures the different parts of the city so well…the housing developments, silly water fountains ,and the areas of the city one wouldn’t want to be found in after dark. The arroyo behind Chet and Bernie’s house is a classic touch of Phoenix and the Southwest.

    I hope this helps.

  16. B.Stover
    2:28 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio: I’ve used gift cards on Amazon but not for a pre-order. I’m sure you can use it after the book comes out. You give then the card number and they put the value of the card on your account and take deductions off of it as you use it. It’s wonderful that you have a Kindle and a Nook!

  17. B.Stover
    2:34 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Thank you SH. I’m going to cut and paste your penultimate paragraph and send it to my brother. (What is arroyo?)

  18. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:35 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Cards!…I’ve loaded my Amazon gift card onto my account, but Beau is still trying to figure out how to load his Nook Gift card onto his Nook…heh!heh!…Do I offer any help? No!

  19. Siber-H
    2:36 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio, After you have used both the Nook and Kindle for awhile, you can tell us which one you like best. This is so cool that you have both.
    My Kindle will get here someday. sigh

    Hi Carol and welcome!

  20. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:36 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Arrorroyo!…Isn’t it a huge cactus?…snort!

  21. B.Stover
    2:36 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    No need to explain SH. I just looked up arroyo.

  22. B.Stover
    2:37 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Arroyo is a “brook which drains into other lakes.”.

  23. Melanie
    2:37 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Hi Carol! OTAS also loves Jim Frangione. He listens to all of the Chet and Bernie books when he is commuting. I am about to go and and fix the dog dock in the dog pool for the dogs. snicker

    Barb! Ummmm, a new plant for your birthday?

  24. B.Stover
    2:38 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Actually I like this description better: An arroyo is “a water-carved gully or channel.”

  25. Siber-H
    2:39 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    lol I have to look up penulitmate.

  26. Terry Ballard
    2:43 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    As someone who was born and raised in Phoenix (living there the first 44 years of my life), trust me that C&B live there. We referred to the area as the Valley as much as we called it Phoenix. If you needed a clue, the mention of “Potsdale” with its old town filled with art galleries sounds just more than a little bit like Scottsdale. The only location I couldn’t pinpoint was their house which, in one of the books was described as being south of the airport.

  27. Siber-H
    2:47 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    In the Southwest an arroyo is dry until it rains hard, An impressive amount of water can flow down them then. If we have a hard rain here, mom has been known to drive around just to watch the water rushing down the arroyos. She doesn’t have to drive far. Arroyos are everywhere in the desert Southwest.
    During rainy season, the public is given all sorts of safety lectures about staying out of the arroys when it rains.

    So far, NM is not having a monsoon…no rainy season this year.

  28. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:49 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Mexico!…Are you guys sure they don’t live in New Mexico?…snort!… I rather like the idea of both my favorite books and my favorite show both set in New Mexico…grunt!

  29. Siber-H
    2:50 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Thanks Terry. I’m glad I got backup on this Phoenix thing.
    Mom has never lived there.

  30. Siber-H
    2:51 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio, Terry and I promise you it is not New Mexico.

  31. B.Stover
    2:51 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Thanks Terry.

    Hello Carol.

  32. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:52 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Ohh!…And my favorite SiberH!…heh!

  33. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:55 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    SiberH!…Aren’t you digging an Arrorroyoyou in your backyard?…heh!

  34. dawson
    2:58 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    So…everyone slept in today?

    Hi Carol: Welcome to the club!

  35. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:01 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    We had originally thought they were in California as well. However, we seem to recall in one of the earlier books a reference about being about to look into or towards New Mexico, which you really can’t do in California, so that was what sealed the deal for us that it was Arizona. As to Tuscon versus Phoenix, my dad really doesn’t know the local geography well enough to be able to differentiate (I think it is part of his New Mexico snobiness at work there).

  36. OleyHowlers
    3:05 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Siber and Terry, we always sort of thought Phoenix when we read the books (no, we have never been there), but since the name is never mentioned, we thought maybe it was just a fictional place. You guys do seem to be able to pinpoint it as Phoenix, and so now it has dawned on us that Chet wouldn’t know it by that name. He would only know it as “the valley” if that is how the locals refer to it. Very interesting. Thanks to you both for clearing this up!

  37. B.Stover
    3:08 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Here’s an interesting article on “arroyo.”

  38. Siber-H
    3:13 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Yes, I have more than one arroyo started in my yard and if it would ever rain hard, I could have water flowing in them for mom.

    There is a reason why both Bernie and mom are fascinated by water. They see so little of it.
    It is interesting that Spence, living where he does, understands this.

  39. OleyHowlers
    3:26 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Siber’s mom: You just aren’t getting out enough. I heard there is water out the ying yang down there. Just drive around those new developments and golf courses!

  40. B.Stover
    3:31 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    I’m surrounded by five Great Lakes!

    Howlers: Those are fighting words!

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:34 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Spencer!…Who really knows where ole pointy head lives…heh!heh!

  42. Siber-H
    3:40 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    There aren’t that many new housing developments here because of the crash, but, oh yes, the golf courses. Mom’s opinion of those is the same as Bernie’s. We have lots of golf courses here….great climate to play golf in.
    I say all the golf courses should be turned into dog parks.

  43. OleyHowlers
    3:46 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Siber-H for Governor of New Mexico!!

  44. Beau - The Doomsday Pug
    3:47 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    When the solar flares take out all the power grids there will be no water for the golf courses…sneeze!

  45. OleyHowlers
    3:50 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    We just turned the page on Snowhook’s calendar to August. We are crying here.

  46. Snowhook Bella
    3:57 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Oh, my sweet Rory. How I miss that girl.

  47. dawson
    4:15 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    We miss you Rory, though your spirit will always be with the team.

    Melanie: I saw a black Newf walking around the lake today. How many Newfs fit on your pool dock and why doesn’t it sink?

    (Minnesota is the land of 10,000+ lakes although they are not great lakes).

  48. Rose
    4:21 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Hi all!

    Look at you Rio, with a Kindle, and Beau a Nook. What lucky dogs you are! I’m a Nook girl myself.

    I was blurry eyed this morning when I turned the Snowhook calendar page.

  49. Beau - The Doomsday Pug
    4:21 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Lakes!…What we here call lakes are probably puddles to Michagonians…sniff!

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:24 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Beau!…Get outta my chair!…grump!

  51. B.Stover
    4:36 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    The Great Lakes are beautiful. My favorite is Lake Michigan where we went on vacation when I was a kid. The sand dunes are wonderful to run down. Lake Superior is very cold but it is a beautiful area there and in the UP (Upper Peninsula) especially in the fall when the leaves change color.

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:39 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rose!…Don’t tell Beau how to load his Nook Gift card…snort!…He needs to figure this stuff out by himself…grunt!

  53. Snowhook Bella
    5:03 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Macy and her brood up top!

    I wonder what will be the first book Beau downloads onto his Nook once he figures out how to load the gift card?

  54. Barb & Maggie
    5:06 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Melanie, The plant is for Barb’s last day, not her birthday which is in Sept.

    One hour left today.

    Speaking of power grids, Rio, did you see that there were about 640 million people in India who lost power. Evidently the power grid to half of the country shut down.

    Als,o did anyone look at the full moon last night? We have a Blue Moon this month, meaning there will be 2 in August, one on the 1st and one on the 31st. That will not happen again till 2015. Siber, it is also called the Wolf Moon, for your benefit.

  55. Beau - The Doomsday Pug
    5:17 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    India’s power grid is outdated as is ours…sneeze!…It won’t take much for the whole thing to blow. Then we will all be like rabid animals trying to survive…grunt!

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:29 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Garden!…Barb will survive because she has a magic garden…snort!…Oh wait, she is moving and leaving it behind. Someone else will survive on the magical vegetables and fruit while Barb lives in the city…wheeze!

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    5:32 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Beau – and we bet that the kibble supply will all dry up too

  58. Beau - The Doomsday Pug
    5:46 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Kibble comes from the cupboard which needs no electricity…snuff!

  59. Melanie
    6:25 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Hmmm, I was trying to tell a joke there. Sorry Barb.

    Okay, The dog dock is not on top of the water, be it an arryyyooohooo or Lake Michigan. The dog duck is about 2 feet below the surface of the water for those Newfs who do not like the deep end of the pool. Patsy does not like the deep end of the pool but at least she gets in the pool this year.

    The others walk down the steps onto the dock. It is 10 feet long and 2 feet wide. From there the more adventurous swim.

    In DOI, the mine where nefarious things happen is in NM. But they go over to NM to get there.

  60. Macy the Min-pin
    6:36 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    And they have to go out of state to get to the summer camp in Colorado.

  61. Macy the Min-pin
    6:36 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Which actually involves 2 states, due to having to use roads.

  62. Macy the Min-pin
    6:37 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Which actually involves 2 states, due to having to use roads.

  63. Terry Ballard
    6:39 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    You may be wondering to yourselves – “Why does Spencer write about Phoenix but alias it with a generic sounding name like “The Valley?”” I know, and all of you will know after September 11. That is as much of a spoiler as I am good for.

  64. Siber-H
    6:40 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Also, in DOI, it is NM where Chet is in the dog pound. The only thing not accurate in that part of the story was, at that time, small NM towns gassed the animals instead of the lethal injection.
    The state has since passed a law against using the gas chamber for animals.

  65. Siber-H
    6:46 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    How comes Terry knows stuff that we don’t know. The plot thickens.

  66. dawson
    7:19 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    SiberH: Terry said that he read the 5th Chet and Bernie book ages ago. He’s a librarian with an “in”.

    Terry: Right? How do you do it?

  67. Siber-H
    7:50 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Dawson, now, Dawson. I don’t remember Terry saying he read the 5th book ages ago.

  68. Melanie
    7:58 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    You guys take care. (whispering) Terry, what ever book you might have that might not be in the “open” you can pass along to me!

    Time for bed.


  69. Beau - The Black Pug
    8:15 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rose!…She would know!…snort!…She’s been reading or has read the ARC by now…wheeze!….Remember your best friend Rose, by any other name….wuffle!

  70. Terry Ballard
    8:16 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Nothing mysterious or nefarious here. I just happened to be at BookExpo with my wife and my son (All librarians, all from Phoenix) and noticed that Spencer was autographing on that day. Just taking advantage of one of the major perks on living in New York. Of course you have to be a bookseller, publisher, author or librarian to even be there. I’m two out of four.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:17 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Weird!….Beau’s logon was still on the page…snifff!…That last post was from me, Rio, not doom and gloom Beau…snort!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Guess!…Lets all guess which two Terry is…heh!…My guess is Librarian and Author…sniff!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rockies!…The burning question tonight is whether the Rockies will get swept by the Cardninals….grunt!

    Tired!…My friend says she can hardly keep her eyes open so she is going for a walk without us…woooooo!…Just leave the tv on and I will be fine…snort!

  74. dawson
    8:32 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    SiberH: I remember because I told him Terry he could send the book to me next.
    Terry: I would’ve returned it when I was done with it. Really!

  75. Tupper and Gilly
    8:42 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio and Bella – please check your SDD’s when you have a chance.

    We have a new theory – we think Terry B gave a hint when he said that there was nothing “Nefarious” about his knowledge…hmmmm…

  76. Barb & Maggie
    8:45 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio, We are with you – librarian and author would be our guess.

    We are going to try to recreate the magic garden at our new place. Just wait till Josh finds out that Barb intends to move 2 garbage cans full of compost with her (aka aged goat and chicken s**t).

    Sorry Melanie, that joke just flew right by us.

  77. OleyHowlers
    8:54 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    We guess bookseller and librarian.

  78. Siber-H
    8:59 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    I’ll guess the same as my Fellow Sibers. There are 4 of them and only one of me. Four heads are better than one…maybe

  79. Barb & Maggie
    9:23 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Guess we will find out tomorrow. Signing off for now.

  80. OleyHowlers
    9:28 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Us too…our beds are calling us. Good night all.

  81. Princess Sam
    9:28 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Am I cheating because I went to Terry’s web site? Librarian and author.

  82. Siber-H
    9:35 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Well, All the Sibers were wrong.

  83. Princess Sam
    9:56 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    All you Sibers, maybe my little dainty paw could press Terry’s low lighted name on his post to get right to his web site. Or maybe you all are out digging construction projects and killing groundhogs. Or shredding secret documents.

  84. Siber-H
    10:01 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Princess Sam, All of us Sibers work very hard, but I will admit I never thought to go to his website.

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Sammie!…Agent 00-Wookie gave me the information…heh!…That guy is always on top of necessary information…snort!

    Walks!…Are done for the day…wheeze!….Her long long long walk and our poo and pee ridden walk is Over!…grunt! …On day I will have to describe how Beau likes to poop. But not tonight, I am still too disgusted…gah!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Gymnastics!….Rebecca, I do believe the womens gymnastics are going to start here…snort!…I will try really hard not to let on what’s happening so you can enjoy the surprises….chuffle!…I will try…heh!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Tupper!….Go get Golinka and make her check her SDD…snort!…Run like the wind!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Wow!….The Russian Sob!Sob!Sobber! on the uneven bars is not crying now…gasp!

  89. Siber-H
    10:51 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    The Rockies have a chance to win this one, but we are going to turn in soon.

    Night All

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    11:01 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio – “run like the wind”??? Really, Pug – we Royals are far too dignified for any such exertions. But we will mention it to her in passing.

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Tupper!…Just because you and Gilleeee were at the Olympics and got to meet James Bond and The Queen doesn’t mean you are special…grunt!wheeze!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on August 2nd, 2012


  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:22 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    War!…Between Russia and the US on the Balance Beam!….snort!…GABBY!!!

  94. Tupper and Gilly
    11:30 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio – Nyah Nyah. We met the Qu-ee-een
    (tee hee)

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:35 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Tupper!…Did youse two get to sit on tuffets drink tea and eat crumpets….sniff!…I hear that s what you do when you party with the Queen…heh!

  96. SnowBella
    11:39 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rio: Thank you for your restraint.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Rebecca!…You will thank me even more when you see what Really happened…heh!heh!snort!…We are trying hard to stay up for the Floor Exercise, but they are dragging it out and …yawn!…we are getting mighty tired…wuffle!sneeze!…Beau went to bed about an hour ago, I’m sure his feet are straight up in the air by now…heh!

  98. Macy the Min-pin
    11:43 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Floor exercise…beeyotiful.

  99. Macy the Min-pin
    11:46 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    Cake of the Day…in honor of the Valley, desert and such…

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:50 pm on August 2nd, 2012

    GAH!…That is one cake I am not going to beg for…grunt!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:06 am on August 3rd, 2012

    Phelps!….Say goodnight!…snort!

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    12:07 am on August 3rd, 2012

    Macy – these cakes you find are incredible. Is this a website that you look at, or are you personal friends with celebrity bakers?

    The floor exercises were wonderful! And we know who won.

    Rio – you bet your curly tail we had crumpets. Just dripping with melted butter and orange marmalade. Oh wait- that was James Bond.

    We re going to bed now to dream about it all over again.
    G’night all

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:11 am on August 3rd, 2012

    Floor!…Finally, we are watching the Floor Exercise…heh!…That Bob (fom) is still up too…grunt!yawn!

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:17 am on August 3rd, 2012


  105. Macy the Min-pin
    1:09 am on August 3rd, 2012

    James Bond was DRIPPING WITH BUTTER? pant pant pantpantpant

    Of course I am friends with many celebrities, I just don’t like to name-drop. I am facebook friends with a very famous llama. She has her own TV show.

  106. Snowhook Bella
    1:23 am on August 3rd, 2012

    I’m partial to AJ myself, but I can see how one might swoon for James Bond.

  107. Terry Ballard
    2:18 pm on August 3rd, 2012

    Yep – librarian and author. We’re throwing a book launch tomorrow night for my book “Google this!” Had a special t-shirt created for the occasion. More later.

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