The fact that this story is told from the perspective of Enzo, a dog, is what made it truly wonderful.
Its nearly impossible not to love the main character of this book the most, especially if you're a dog owner. In Enzo, Garth Stein expresses what we would all hope our own canine's inner dialogue is like. He's a lovable companion with his own set of flaws and an undying devotion to his family. His character was very well written and its obvious the author put a lot of thought into the psyche of a dog.
He enhances Enzo's personality with his intonation and the emotion in his voice. Christopher Evan Welch did a great job of giving voice to all of the characters and making everything scene appropriate. When they were racing, he spoke excitedly and quickly, when the scene was morose or calm his voice adjusted to fit. He gave a great performance and really brought the book to life.
Enzo of course! And I'd take him out to breakfast and buy him pancakes.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
I've actually already recommended this book to several friends and family members. Kind of like Jonathon Livingston Seagull blended with The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. This book hits you at many levels and whether you're a dog lover or not, it's going to awaken something in you.
Enzo, without question, he makes me love my two dogs even more.
This was my favorite book of the last year and I listen to 3-5 books a month with a 25 mile commute each morning and evening. Probably the only downfall was that I was driving for the final chapter, which had me sobbing so hard I had to pull over. This is an absolutely beautifully written and told book. Both the author and the reader really sucked me in and made me think.
I loved this book. It gave me a new perspective on the lives of my pets. The family life story got a bit melodramatic but the insights and philosophy of Enzo were amusing and insightful. I have recommended this book to my car racing loving sons and husband.
It may be hard to get through some parts, especially if you really love dogs, but keep going. Wipe your tears and know the smiles will come.
I love the racing lingo. The author's insight to the car racing culture is entertaining and informative. Actually made communicating with my boyfriend easier.
As a dog owner I was prepared to like this book. . . . I more than liked it. Couldn't stop listening! Real characters, believable story, touched my heart.
I love dogs and this book started out well. But I found the plot too predictable and the book felt way too sentimental. After a particularly nasty twist in the story (I won't reveal it) I turned it off.
I started out skeptical, because the premise and layout really isn't my cup of tea, a self-aware dog learning life's lessons through the lens of his owners racecar driving career (ive never cared about the sport)
But I finished the book in two sittings on a long road trip, and ive gotta say, it was one of my favorites. I really loved it... Give it a shot, especially if you like dogs, and even if you don't care about car racing.
Tell us about yourself! Enjoy biographies ,artists, prize winning literature.Enjoy listening to stories while exercising, reading,or when I can't sleep. Some books I have heard parts of several tim es, which isdifferent from reading abook, and really opens my mind to different aspects of characters and the setting.
Oh yes,it has an amazing insight into the mysterious "thinking" of man's best friend the dog!. Lovely story about a man his dog and more..
The first person is a dog . He has an amazing insight to the characters and situation.
the human approach and actions compared to those of the silent witness the dog.
Possibly a good book to get a young adult animal lover reading.?
It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me believe in the connection between a dog and his family.
If you have ever had a beloved pet, do yourself a favor and read this book....I am willing to bet you won't be sorry for a minute spent with Enzo.