I've always thought of myself as a bit dog-like and now I know why. The book was well written, witty, and the story was told from a unique perspective that I enjoyed thoroughly.
If you enjoy good story telling, you can't go wrong with this book.
A sweet story
The fact that I was ok with the point of view being from a dog was HUGE for me, but my friend talked me into the book. I truly thought i would think it was too corny of a storyline and only for true animal lovers, but i was mistaken.
He was fantastic!
Can never stop thinking about how he smelled her illness before she knew. I know my dog always sits near me when i am upset, etc. So it was easy to believe.
This book made me think differently when I looked at my own dog! Great story that will stay with you long after you finish it!
The plot of this book is the worst. It is a tearjerker with a Hollywood ending that would embarrass the most shameless sports movie hack. Humans show unprecedented depths of depravity and heights of benevolence in destroying Enzo's owner's life - and then helping him pick it back up, all very tenuously justified. The economics of racing are viewed through the most vaselined lens possible. This is all insidiously wormed into our hearts in the words of an endearing dying dog. You need to know: If there weren't a dog in the picture, nobody would be praising this book.
The dog, Enzo, has a real and dog-like voice, earnest and enthusiastic, full of love for his family. He understands humans better than real dogs, but he's canine in his confidence, in his love for and absorption with his family and his master's auto racing, and hilariously so in his occasional lapses into bad dog behavior. The dog is funny, although some of the humor here is really odd and not safe for children. The owner, Denny, is an aspiring Seattle auto racer who's especially good in wet weather. His driving philosophy and truisms form the core of Enzo's philosophy. A racer lives in the present and tries to be vividly aware of his surroundings and control his immediate future. This story just isn't a good vehicle to explore that philosophy.
The ending is utter childish fantasy. I was so torn out of my suspension of disbelief by what happened to Denny I hardly cared what happened to Enzo. Know that up to this point, the dog's voice and the narrator's performance held me in here, and I mostly almost enjoyed this book despite all the faults.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
This touching story is very hard to put down. I listened to much of this book with my own dog either on my knee or right next to me (as always) and I gave him a big Hugs and Kisses throughout this heart filled story. If you have loved and lived for your dog (as I do for my we boy Sydney) you will know the unconditional Love and loyalty they dish out in spades. The acceptance they have with life is second to none, no mater what the situation. I so thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain and would definitely recommend it for all dog/animal lovers......
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a wonderfully written book that is fun, thoughtful, and heartbreakingly sad. This story is cleverly narrated by the family dog, Enzo, a loyal Labrador mix. Enzo tells the tale of his life, recounts lessons learned, and shares what he imagines lies ahead for his soul. Enzo has always felt “almost human,” and his greatest desire is to come back in the next life as a human. He longs to express himself through speech and have opposable thumbs. He believes he is ready.
As Enzo reflects on his life, the story is not just his, but his family's too. Denny is Enzo's master. He was single when he came to the puppy farm and chose Enzo. Enzo admires Denny and he lives up to his traditional “man's best friend” role. When Eve came into their lives, Enzo had to share his master, his time, and their home. But he loves how Eve makes Denny happy and silly, and slowly warms up to her and grows to love her as well. Zoe's birth brings a tiny vulnerable soul into the family and Enzo knows he is her protector. He again learns a new kind of love and responsibility. Through all their good and bad times, Enzo is the loyal and trusted four-legged member of the family.
I was not expecting the setting of this story. Had I known it was the autobiography of a dog with a not especially exciting life I probably would have passed. That would have been my misfortune. This was a wonderful book! Well written and very entertaining. If you are an animal lover especially a dog lover, I highly recommend this book.
This book was recommended by a friend, I shall thank her later. She said Long Beach California was being encouraged to read it. That caught my attention, maybe a Long Beach Book Club, the Long Beach Grand Prix, I'm not sure. This is an amazing story, some parts were touching, some had me in tears. If you are a parent or love dogs this will touch your heart. If you are a car guy this is also for you. Some of the lines in the book are now on post-it notes on my desk. Yes, wisdom's are also in this amazing book. The narrator was spot on, well done. He was perfect for this book.
There is nothing better than a good book!
I purchased this after I read the the book. And.....I enjoyed it so much more! It is the kind of story that stirs up every emotion we have inside- joy, anger, sadness, excitement, humor, contentment, etc.... It is full of witty dialogue, heart-wrenching decisions, and life lessons....given to us honestly and simply by man's best friend, a dog.
This is a must-have for my fellow dog lovers who believe that life isn't complete without a faithful canine by your side!
I would absolutely listen to this book again, and have plans to do so on a road trip so that my husband can hear it, too.
Enzo, of course, because he is so wise and endearing. Other than Enzo, Luca was probably my favorite character because for being in the novel for such a short time, he is a very well-developed character.
I'm not particularly emotional when listening to audiobooks, but if I were, I'm sure I would have cried.
Give this book a shot. You won't be sorry.
I didn't think by the description of this book that I would like it. Narrated from a dog's point of view? With heavy doses of racing minitiae thrown in? No thanks.
Now I'm heartily recommending this book to friends. Where I thought the dog's telling would be contrived, this is a dog who is sure his next incarnation will be as a human. His intelligence makes perfect sense. What I was really not prepared for is that this book is a tear jerker.
Also, a spot on performance by the narrator.
Audiobooks Make Weed Wacking a Pleasure
The first half of The Art of Racing in the Rain is excellent. It starts out very creatively. The second half gets bogged down into a predictable and unnecessary subplot. There is a part where the main character is at his breaking point and is ready to compromise on his principles. At this point it seems like the author hands the writing over to a third grade class which comes up with a ridiculous, cheesy, unimaginative, predictable outcome. There are no surprises in its Hollywood ending.