WOW.This was by far a really good book. If you have a love and passion for dogs, this is a must read. Be prepared to laugh a little, cry a little, and be thrilled how it all works out in the end.
It is an extraordinary and dramatic experience to meet the inhabitants of this book. It is all about love, life and death - seen from the point of view of this clever and dedicated dog. The dog can say so much that his master cannot - which is part of the charm. It is absolutely enchanting and I am just as "disturbed" and thoughtfull as I was when I read Life of Pi.
It is rare that an author can weave a tale that includes several different story lines yet relate them so convincingly through such an unlikely narrator...a dog! This book transcends simple story and takes us on a journey of what it means to be a human, what true courage and love is, and what a privilege it is to have the companionship of an adoring dog. The humor and lessons in race car driving are an extra bonus. Highly recommended, but have some tissues handy at the end of this touching book!
I took this book in on a long drive, and actually purchased the hard copy to read again. I am not what some would call an avid reader but it takes a special story to keep me interested, this was it. A great read
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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.
This was a phenomenal listen. The voice was dead on perfect and you really felt all the emotions. Tying in the principles of car racing and life was well done and interesting even if you aren't a racing buff. The characters were beautifully realized and multi dimensional and part of the end will bring tears to your eyes. You'll probably look at this book several times and won't get it because your first assumption is that a book from the point of view of a dog is silly. I felt the same. I'm glad my book club picked it because I never would have known what I missed. the dog is wry and poignant and a brilliant character. Really, really good. One of the best books I've either read or listened to, all year. Really a great listening book.
This is a masterpiece from Stein. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll cheer! You'll cry! A book for people who love dogs, who love racing, who love life!
Thank you, Mr. Stein.
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.
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.