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As a dog parent, I find myself constantly personifying my pet. Garth Stein's brought that concept to lift - dogs are not only part of the family, but have deeply human souls. I fell in love with Enzo from the start. Christopher Evan Welch's narration of life journeys through the eyes of man's best friend will have you laughing and crying from beginning to end. Afterwards, you'll never look at your dog in quite the same way.
This was an excellent narration of a well-written story. Garth Stein uses auto racing as the backdrop yet you don't have to be knowledeable or even care about the sport to enjoy the story. As proof, I played it for my wife on a 5-hr trip to Lake Tahoe. Even though she didn't know most of the famous racers mentioned, she caught the meaning & was eager to resume the story on the return leg of our round-trip. We both teared up near the end as we were hooked by the powerful narration. When they make a movie, I hope it's as gripping as the book.
This book really spoke to me and I would highly recommend it. The way that Enzo tells the story is captivating and leaves you feeling good.
Attorney. Like legal novels.
This audiobook was just great. The characters were well developed. The story was meticulously woven and each detail played wonderfully to a conclusion. Best dog story since Old Yeller! Do not miss this book.
The Art of Racing in the Rain has been beautifully constructed. Every moment in the story builds towards another, until you find yourself completely engaged in the story, and its characters.
The voice of the narrator (Christopher Evan Welch) is perfect. He doesn't put too much emotion into his voice - instead letting the words 'take over' - and not making the emotion in the story seem tacky and clichéd.
Definitely worth listening to, just don't listen to it while you have low blood-sugar. (It can get slightly 'tear-jerky'...)
Nothing fancy, but a real nice story, well-told, humorous and poignant in equal measure, and a book that will leave you thinking fondly of a dog you have loved.
Audible Member Since 2003
After scanning a few dozen reviews of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN there is no doubt this is a very popular and well-liked book. I suppose it was these same reviews that compelled me to add it to my library for a quick diversion from the more significant titles to which I am normally attracted.
I knew this was a story told from the point of view of a humanly articulate dog, so there was no surprise there. Actually there were no surprises at all, as most of the story was 100% predictable. The book follows the formula for a small tear-jerker:
A puppy is brought into the human family -
Puppy becomes a loved and loyal dog -
Human family grows and has challenges of its own -
Dog gets old and dies -
Fill in the story with some detail and plot, add some antagonists, sprinkle in some difficulty for the protagonists and you have this book.
The idea of a first-person talking dog is not unique by any measure. To be honest, I could have done with a little less focus on the urinary and defecation descriptions, particularly the practice of sniffing one's own "creations." In all fairness, I suppose this is what dog's do. But c'mon, how much of this does the story need?
This book is simple entertainment, but in my opinion far from some sort of piece of "stunning" literary greatness. Still, I did enjoy it as it gave me pretty much what I expected.
Truly a wonderful book, uplifting, funny and extremely touching. If you're a dog person you may not want to read the last chapter while you're at the gym - you will need some kleenex! This isn't a sad tale - but a wonderful story of a special dog and his family. A must read!
WOW.This was by far a really good book. If you have a love and passion for dogs, this is a must read. Be prepared to laugh a little, cry a little, and be thrilled how it all works out in the end.
It is an extraordinary and dramatic experience to meet the inhabitants of this book. It is all about love, life and death - seen from the point of view of this clever and dedicated dog. The dog can say so much that his master cannot - which is part of the charm. It is absolutely enchanting and I am just as "disturbed" and thoughtfull as I was when I read Life of Pi.