Even though I'm not a big racecar fan I do love dogs and this was a great story that was very well written about both. I found myself underlining quotes and taping them on my mirror for general inspiration and motivation just to get through my day. Loved the narrator and would recommend the book to anyone.
this is the best book i have ever read/heard.
garth stein must have been a golden retriever in a previous life because he has an amazing ability to give enzo the exact "person(dog)ality" you would expect him to have.
i personally love animals and have difficulty believing anyone bar the extremely sensitive would have any issues with this book and would (and have been!) recommend this to any listener without hesitation.
i loved it - definitely two dewclaws up from me.
I am retired and currently living all over the place. One of my ports of call is Melbourne, another is in Nova Scotia, and Portland.
This is a wonderful story of a would-be race car driver who adopts a pup and names him Enzo, after a racer that he admires. It is told from the point of view of Enzo, which makes for a poignant tale of someone who is loving, intelligent, but totally mute. He imagines transforming himself into a human, and trains for the task by watching television, and keeping a close eye on his master, his master's wife and their daughter, who will become the focus of the most dramatic battle in the master's life. Very moving, imaginative, and funny.
I absolutely loved Enzo! This was a very, very enjoyable read. I'm not actually a fan of racing but cheered for Denny throughout the book. Well read by Christopher Welch.
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.