If you're a dog lover this book will give you an added dimension to the love you hold for the animal. Smart, funny, and sensitive, it's a story that stimulates the imagination to wonder whether our faithful animals could really hold an opinion we have no idea of. This book is a mixture of spiritual and emotional insights into the human condition only a dog could notice. I loved the journey from beginning to end that we all take, as dog owners, with our beloved companions. And we get the wonderful surprise of an ending we don't expect. Always fun. Even if you're not a dog lover this book holds a unique perspective into the inner workings of the human mind, and the human heart, as told by the canine, our most loyal companion.
I loved the personal insights made by the story-teller, Enzo, that were his own personal insights but that mirrored what goes on inside the human psyche. Some real and true observations are couched inside the dog's mind.
I am a woman so I liked the make voice since this is a male dog. I wouldn't have had that perspective if I had read the book instead of listened to it. His delivery was seamless and genuine and believable as the dog Enzo.
I LOVED this story. It was so simple and so true. It took all of that innocence and loyalty and silly happiness that dogs have, got right past my defenses and hit me where it hurt with short and sweet observations on human nature that just rung true. This all while telling an engaging story with characters I believed. They were very real to me and I was sad when I'd finished this book but also felt like I'd been fed some soul food. Do it, buy it!
Finding the next great book to recommend to friends is an obsession I don't feel guilty about.
I would recommend this audiobook with gusto. I loved the narrator! Add in the descriptive and symbolic nuances of race car driving, the perspective of a true friend and it's a winner! Garth Stein captures the innocence and intelligence of his main character with such finesse and honesty.
The reunion at the end brought such a sense of validation, a perfect full circle of closure.
Who wouldn't love Enzo, a character with such a sense of loyalty, trust, innocence and wisdom.
Enzo's battle with the stuffed animals was so heartbreaking and yet humorous. Or it was humorous but heartbreaking. Either way, I wanted to just reach out my arms and hold Enzo and tell him everything was going to be okay.
I'm looking forward to exploring what else Mr. Stein has written.
I would recommend this book because of the unique perspective the narrator, Enzo, brings to the story. At the end of the book, I found myself concienciously making an effort to listen more...talk less. Enzo can teach us many things, including dying with dignity and grace.
Telling the story from the vantage point of a very intelligent dog.
Narration really drew me in. I think if Enzo could talk, he'd sound just like Christopher Evan Welch.
I cried at the end, and I laughed at Enzo's sense of humour.
IT was a wonderful story and the voice of the dog was perfect. And it was perfecty done. Sad, of course, but still very very good.
A little like a DOG PURPOSE and A DOG"S JOURNEY by Cameron, also 2 excellent books.
I was really pleasantly surprised to find that a book written from a unique (but potentially bad) perspective of a dying dog could be so insightful and interesting. The book is a real page turner, telling a story while conveying a profound meditation on many of life's lessons: living in the present, family love, friendship, and chasing your dreams.
The scenes in which you can (if you're a dog lover like me) really hear the dog's voice and identify with his "Dogness." These scenes made me laugh and cry at the same time.
I have not listened to the Narrator's performances but would love to find more titles like this one with him at the helm.
Man's best friend has a lot to teach us about being a man.
LOVED this book. Really memorable, thoughtful, and well done.
People who are into reincarnation and who enjoy the idea of a dog having a low-brow mentality like a character from the TV show "Cheers" will enjoy this.
The author could have left out the part about reincarnation and the a** word. It seemed to be written for a low-brow audience. That's not me.
The narrator was excellent. I had no objection to his voice. I thought he brought a nice personal touch to the story. It's just too bad that I didn't like the way the book was written.
I only got through the first few minutes - just enough to hear about the dog. I don't think the dog was well-represented. Dogs are not characters from the TV show "Cheers." The book made the dog sound stupid and low-minded.
Again - I only got through the first few minutes because of the reference to reincarnation and the language. As a lover of animal books - particularly the ones where the animals have a voice in the story - I was severely disappointed in the way the dog was represented.
I'm very new to the audiobooks. But very impressed with the amount of quality material available on this site. Being an avid reader myself, i'm sure i'm gonna enjoy listening all this
I would be very honest to tell you that this isn't an extraordinary story with suspense or romance or thrills filled in each chapter; but what I can tell you is it's a story which has the heart at its right place!! What makes it even more riveting is that it's been told from the point of view of the man's most loyal friend-the dog. Enzo(dog's character) teaches all of us a lesson in every walk of human life; be it never giving up, loving your family, fighting for what you believe in... This got me hooked up from the start and never let me get bored even for a single second. Great read and I hope you won't be disappointed by this!!! Go on and pick up your Ipod and give it a go....
I can't say without having read the print version.
I have long thought that there was more to dogs than most people think. This book was an excellent representation of that. Who could think differently after sitting and looking down into those soulful eyes. While I do not worship dogs, I do think very highly of them.
The possessed zebra.
“A horse is just a horse of course” (“Mr. Ed” the old sit com) and although it does not rime, Enzo, is a dog of course.
Reading “The Art of Racing in The Rain” as the same kind of genre, BUT this, although narrated by Enzo is a quick, fun read with Enzo, the dog, being the narrator. You see the good and bad in his master’s life through his eyes.
I have to say that one part toward the end of this novel is a real stretch to believe, but upon rereading it and seeing that it is in italics, I now see that this was what Enzo would have done for Denny if he could have, not necessarily what really happened. This segment shows Enzo's loyalty to Denny. However, I had a difficult time figuring this out and thought the section should have been left out.
Seeing a dysfunctional family through the eyes of a worldly wise dog was an enjoyable read. Enzo shifted between seeing human frailty and “doggy” pissed when he defecated on something that belonged to someone he disliked or chewed the little girl’s stuffed animals.
Enzo is still a true hero in the way he influences and communicates with Denny, Eve and his family.
The teenager from the Preppie School that tried to frame him. I don’t think so… That is why I gave it one less star.
Still loved the story.