Really interesting tale, cool perspective from the dogs POV, and brings out all sorts of emotion.
A book about the art of perseverance through rainy days. The message is good, the characters are likeable, and there's a dog. Which is always fun.
At first I was not sure about this book. I thought, "A book where a DOG is the narrator?" but surprisingly so this book was great!
This story consumed my thoughts until I finished it (which was within 24 hours). This author is absolutely remarkable that he can make you feel like you truly are inside this incredible dog's head and hearing his words, and feeling his emotions. I cannot stop talking about this book to everyone I know that reads. I have always been a "read a book once" type of reader. For me, once a book is read, it's done. This book I want to read again. Bravo!
Enzo of course!
A friend kept pushing me to get this book, so glad she did!
The view of the world from enzo ,
Enzo observing that people don't like to sit in stationary cars, except coppers and stalkers,
that's a classic line.
those who can't talk say the most intelligent things
Its a really good story
First off, I'm a sucker for a good story with a dog involved, and I have a background in professional motorsports, so this looked like a natural to me.The racing topics have a small amount of insight, but I think a number of sports could have served as the vehicle in this story (no pun intended, really). My real objections were in regards to the way the author tries to win us over, or side with characters while an injustice is taking place. There were no surprises in the book, so it was too predictable, in my opinion. The other major objection I had, was the language used occasionally throughout the book- it wasn't excessive, but unnecessary in many cases, and not something I'd let my kids listen to (especially describing sex between dog owner & his wife- it just did not enhance the story).
I fully admit that the last 1/2 hour did get me emotionally involved again, but my overall opinion is that I was manipulated through most of the book to get that result. I'm mildly glad I bought it, but I'd recommend a lot of other books before this one.
As for the reader, Welch does a good enough job, so it's not his fault, and I'd probably give him another chance.
A great listen. I was a bit torn because I tend to like light books for escapism, so its unusual for me to pick something like this. A ratings choice. It was really great. A bit sad at times but nicely done.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
I purchased this book because many people found this to be funny. I didn't. I thought it was dumb. Couldn't listen to more than 1 hour. It's the story of a dog's life from his perspective. Nope, just didn't do it for me.
I did not read the print version
The dog of course!
I hated the in laws, and the dynamics of his parents also frustrated me.
This book is basically one long extended metaphor for how car racing is similar to life, told through the perspective of a dog. It's golden rule - "that which before you is manifest" or "your car goes where your eyes go" - is basically the rule that is taught in the book "The Secret". The difference is that the message has been made masculine by incorporating car racing and a dog. Now men can get the same benefit of The Secret without joining Oprah's Book Club.
I was conflicted over how to rate this book. The narration is excellent. The narrator's voice shows great range and emotion, and is always suited to the story as it unfolds. The story itself is very slow in the beginning. It doesn't really get interesting until about 2/3 of the way through, although every aspect of it is predictable. Nothing is left to the imagination, as every little detail is stated explicitly; the author underestimates the ability of the human imagination to draw the obvious parallels he makes between car racing and life.
Overall, excellent narration but a shallow, obvious story which seems to only have been written in order to package "The Secret" into a palatable fictional story for men.
I expected a Marley and Me type of narrative, family friendly...definitely not. In the early listening the author describes dogs having sex, the owner and the girlfriend, and finally explicit language about not having thumbs...20 minutes into the book.
I decided to return the item.
Leave out the trash