If you are a dog lover, you must read this book. Some fellow car enthusiasts turned me on to this book as I loved my dog as much as I enjoyed watching Indy racing. The author does a great job telling the story from the dog's (Enzo) point of view. Be prepared for a few tears followed by loud laughter as you listen to this story.
I'm only give the story 4 stars because although it is good, it's not "the greatest story ever told" (and I couldn't give it a 1/2 star :-)
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The Art of Racing in the Rain does not fall within my usual Audible genre, but being a dog lover, I am so glad that I took a chance on this wonderful listen. The writer's portrayal of Enzo was absolutely brilliant. This dog's understanding of the complexities of the world and human nature was beautifully expressed.
This was one of the best listens of the year, and also my first listen to Christopher Evan Welch as a narrator... He, too, added greatly to the beauty, pace, and comfort of this book.
I loved this book. I found the title through a review from another book and out of curiosity decided to try it. I often rate books on how the characters stay with me long after they are over. Would I immediately pick the book up again just because I can't stop thinking about the characters? This book has staying power. It is told with heart and joy, the narration is wonderful. You may need a box of tissues in some parts and you'll laugh out loud at others. Thanks to the reviewers who sent me this way!
If you enjoy racing or high performance driving, or like dogs, this is a great book. One of my favorites and I highly recommend it. The only con I can find is the stupid muzak between some chapters, unnecessary.
This is a beautifully written book about more than a cute dog on the cover. The dog is Enzo whose life is told through his eyes and his love for his owner Denny. The creativity of narrating a dogs thoughts and sharing such real world pain is very touching. It is a story of Triumph Over Tragedy. Along the way you will need a box of kleenex because you will become a part of Enzo's world and tragedy strikes his home. If you like fast cars or car racing you will enjoy hearing about Denny's job as a race instructor and driver. This is a book about dreams, and far too much reality that make the absurd nature of the book feel sweet. The narration was perfect.
I loved the book. The only thing I could have done without was the music, but, having said that I could not hold it against the impact it had.... I will never look at my dog the same way.
I am amazed at the details given by Enzo during the entire read. So many emotions, happiness, sadness, anger so well depicted. It is one of the best reads of this year as the dog tells his entire life story and that of his family and their infinite bond with their dog.
Recommend it to all animal lovers!!!
This book stole my heart from the very first page. I can't put into words the impact it has had on me. I have actually bought the 5 hard-bound copies and given them to friends, each of whom has thanked me from the bottom of their hearts for bringing this book to their attention. I look at my dog totally differently now. However, you don't have to be a dog lover to love this book
I haven't finished this book yet, but I will be by Monday, I'm sure. I love the narrator's voice (he sounds a little like John Cusack to me which is great). And I love Enzo the dog. He has some very insightful thoughts about life, love, death. And there is humor in the telling, not necessarily LOL kind of humor always, but humor that is warm and true and brings a big grin to your face.
There are lessons to be learned from this book. I highly recommend it.