The story, the characters. Everything - i didn't want to stop listening.
When Enzo communicates in doggy language
When Enzo takes an action to help his family
It made me cry and yet when i got to the end it had a happy ending.
Being a dog owner I can appreciate the story told from the dog's viewpoint. Very engaging. Kept my interest through the whole thing. Happy and sad, with a few belly laughs in between. Highly recommended for anyone, but especially dog lovers.
Endo - because he's so smart and articulate.
No. Don't know.
I listened to it in the car as I commuted to and from work. I became so engrossed in it that I plugged in when walking the dogs nightly also.
Funny, Sweet, and Sad
I like that it was told entirely from Enzo's (the dog) perspective.
This audiobook was narrated perfectly. Now that I have listened to it, I can't imagine anyone else giving voice to Enzo.
The best book I have read (or listened to) in a long while. I normally don't go for stories such as this, but it was recommended by a trusted friend. I am glad that I read it. It's a great book, but will be especially memorably for any animal lovers out there. But beware that you WILL cry, so have the tissues handy.
This book was amazing. It's definitely one of my favorites and one I'll never forget. The voice of Enzo was great. Ahhh, a very moving story. I cried a great deal but I learned so much too. I do love dogs, but the book wasn't just about the dog -- not hardly. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
This book will melt your cold, hard heart! If this book does not move you, you are dead inside. Beautiful and tender and deeply moving.
Took me a short minute to get into it and then I LOVED this book.
Too many to mention
I highly recommend this book
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
*** CONTAINS SPOILERS ***
First a confession: I am a total sucker for anthropomorphism. You could dish me up the most pathetic, pointless drivel and I’d lap it up as long as the main character is a cat who thinks like a human. Or it could be a fox. Or a lion. My affliction is not speciesist. I spent the entirety of Christmas Day 1986 weeping and hitting replay on Charlotte’s Web—it was a real bummer for the rest of the family. This ridiculous Achilles Heel has continued to this day, and I can barely mutter the words “That’ll do pig, that’ll do” without tearing up. Don’t even get me started on Watership Down—“Briiiiiiight eyes, burning like fiiiiire”.
I’m so bad I couldn’t even finish the first chapter of “Art of Racing” without having a bit of a blub. But I quickly learned—and I would’ve never predicted this—this is NOT a story about a dog. It’s not even really a story about this particular dog’s (Enzo) relationship with this particular dim-witted owner (Denny). This is a story about the destruction of Denny’s family, and it just so happens that the narrator was his dog. But that narrator could’ve just as easily been Denny’s budgerigar… or his table lamp.
I couldn’t tell if Enzo’s naïve, platitudinal world-view was a brilliant character study, bringing to life the type of delusional person who refuses to see fault in their chosen idol—or just a lazy way to tell this specific story with these specific characters.
And speaking of characters—what a bunch. Dear old dense Denny, who sends his dying wife (and grieving daughter to boot) to live with her parents for—what was the reason again? And then invites a horny, up-for-it teenager for a sleepover. Sheesh. He’s not a bad person. He’s just bad at life.
And the twins! What a pair of bitter and evil old sods. Or was that just the perspective of the unreliable narrator? I guess that’s the root of my critique; was Denny really a bumbling fool and all we saw was “Denny the Superhero” through Enzo’s idol-worshipping, love-addled eyes? If that was Stein’s intention, kudos to him for writing a novel way more subtle than I’ve given him credit for. Or was “Art of Racing” really just a bunch of stale self-help —“that which you manifest is before you” — dressed-up in messy, Hollywoodesque story-telling.
I wish Stein asked my opinion on his first draft. I would’ve told him to cut it half and introduce a second act: the same story told completely from the perspective of Eve’s cat who looks on with disdain and questions every idiotic decision made by the whole jolly lot. I guess I could be speciesist after all.
For what it’s worth, the narration was pretty good.
Say something about yourself!
A perfect ending...
I forgot the name of the dog, but you have to love the dog and how the story is told through the eyes of the dog.
The day at the race track when the dog got to ride in the race car.
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.
This was such an amazing story and from thr veiwpoint of a dog made it thst much more. See for yourself :) I will be giving this book as a audio gift and will listen myself again.