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!!!
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.
I thought I'd be bored by the "racing" elements, but the reader even does a great job making those parts interesting with his varied inflections, and tones for different characters. If you love dogs, you'll like this book. It's not all happy go lucky..there are definitely adult themes/language peppered throughout.
This is a short book you'll have a hard time putting down. It is a story told by Enzo, a mix breed retriever who's proud to have a little spaniel in his 'heinz 57' pedigree.
The story opens as Enzo is entering his twelfth year, he's 84 in man-years. Tired, sore, and stiff from hip dysplasia plus a tangle with a car a few years back, Enzo tells us his life's story from being picked out of a multi-puppy litter by his forever master and best friend, to his pending trip across and beyond the Rainbow Bridge.
What an engrossing story this turns out to be, even though its being told to you by a dog, in first person, you get pulled in on the turn of every quick page. Enzo will quickly let you know that a dog can't dwell on things to long, so the book's chapters are short, tantalizing, and presented just as Enzo sees things.
Of course there are some 'life lessons' in this story told by a dog about his human family. He'll talk about the 'Black Demon Zebra' that can drive you blind with rage, the Mongolian legends about dogs and an afterlife, and he really does get to ride in a racecar...though not in the rain.
We all get wrapped up in our everyday dramas of life that are played out at work, home, and in our deepest feelings. Even with all that going on, I encourage you, to take the few hours to let Enzo tell you his story. You'll be reminded of the most important formulas for a successful and happy life....."you can't win the race if you don't finish the race" and you must keep your eyes on the road ahead of you.....because "where the eyes go, the wheels go" !
Enjoy.....I sure did !
Loved this story...great story of human willingness not to give up, even among the greatest of odds. I believe that most will enjoy this book, but perhaps especially dog lovers.
Be prepared to be sad for the majority of this listen. I was looking for an entertaining read that had it's ups and downs. This is what the other reviews suggested. The book was well narrated but was very short on ups and heavy on the downs. The dogs point of view is well thought out and clever but the story it relates to is "ruff".
We recently lost one of our pack and I thought this might help me with my grief. I really enjoyed the perspective from which this story is told. Some of what the family went through touched me personally. I really loved and appreciated this book. My new mantra is "that in which you manifest is before you"....thank you Enzo.
My cousin recommended this book to me partly because she knows I like auto racing. But this was so much more about life than about racing. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I pondered over the wisdom of this dog and his family.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good weekend read.
Whether you are a dog lover or not, you will love this book.
The Art of Racing in the Rain is about a philosophical, television-watching dog named Enzo, who dreams of the day he becomes a man. He gives us his wise (and comedic) observations of the world as he helps his owner, a race car driver who faces a series of heart-wrenching experiences.
This is a book you almost have to listen to. There is a part of the book that involves a voice synthesizer that had me laughing out loud. I don't know if the written word would have had the same effect.