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.
Say something about yourself!
The story was heart warming. It was really funny at parts, and had some dark turns. Not an intellectual book, but it was a highly entertaining one.
Great tone of voice.
I loved the dogs theories. The ending was great.
Easy enough to listen to while driving, but I couldn't leave it in the car. I blazed through this one.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
This is a great story from a unique perspective...that of a dog. This is a story about a dog and his man...and racing too. I have listened to this book three times now...it is that good.
I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.
This is a must read. I sat listening to this masterpiece with my Labrador at my feet and I could not help but wonder what she was thinking and who was in fact master.
I don't usually like books that anthropomorphosize animals. It's an eye-rolling premise. Normally. This is not a 'normal' book. This is a little piece of written artwork and the dog's narrative was perfect. No one else could have done it. This book is about a dog and his man, about racing cars, about how families support and betray each other, about success and failure, about living and dying, and mostly about love. This is a story told by a dog on the verge of human-hood.
The person that did the reading had a very pleasant voice.
I was surprised with the story line. Enjoyed to the end.