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The Art of Racing in the Rain | [Garth Stein]

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.
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Publisher's Summary

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition. He sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoe, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoe at his side.

Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.

©2008 Bright White Light, LLC; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    theresa Delta, BC, Canada 06-30-08
    theresa Delta, BC, Canada 06-30-08 Member Since 2013
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    Absolutely LOVED this book.I have downloaded around 10 books over the past year and this is by far my favorite. I was totally dissapointed when it ended. Highly recommended

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 06-18-08
    S new york, NY, United States 06-18-08
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    "wow--what a great read"

    this book may be one of the best audibles purchases that i've made. it was heartwarming, sweet, funny, etc etc...! definitely a must read/listen. everything--the narrator, characters, story develpment--was spot on!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Peru, IL, United States 06-25-08
    Cory Peru, IL, United States 06-25-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Beatiful 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 06-07-08
    Robert 06-07-08

    Attorney. Like legal novels.

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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain (Unabridged)"

    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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Auckland, New Zealand 04-24-12
    Orlando Auckland, New Zealand 04-24-12
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    "Great Storytelling from the author and narrator."

    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'...)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 12-28-11
    P. Chavez Huntington Beach, CA USA 12-28-11 Member Since 2005
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    "An interesting premise"

    At first, I thought telling the story from the dog???s point of view was rather contrived, but I grew to really enjoy it. And, of course, fell in love with the dog. Unfortunately, the story is a melodrama; with the bad guys, the good guys and the eventual happy ending. Not a very interesting story without the dog.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Menlo Park, CA, United States 07-08-11
    John Menlo Park, CA, United States 07-08-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A charming book"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-26-11
    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Lightweight Entertainment"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lakewood, CO, US 03-05-09
    Amazon Customer Lakewood, CO, US 03-05-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Best listen of the year"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret monroeville, PA, USA 02-16-09
    Margaret monroeville, PA, USA 02-16-09
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • jane joensen
    7/15/14
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    "The dog tells it as it is .."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I am sure the audio book is better than the printed book. It makes the story come very much to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I loved the book throughout. My inner child love the idea of the dog telling the story.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favourite?

    The dog


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the reincarnation towards the end.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for animal lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A M C Bridgeman
    12/1/13
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    "Best accidental find... Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and have recommended this to friends and family and local book club. It might be a story through a dog's eyes but its a great study of characters and events.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lindy
    Cape Town, South Africa
    7/22/13
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    "very enjoyable - beautifully written and read"

    A light-hearted, beautifully written book. Loved the way this dog views the world. Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it (and didn't find the end part weird despite comments to the contrary).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn A. Dean
    Congleton UK
    1/13/13
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    "Excellent"

    One of the best books I have read for a long time, especially if you are a dog lover, I could see myself as the dog, and I could see my dog in the book also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    5/31/12
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    "Great listen-but...."

    This is a great listen with lots of clever observational detail and a cracking storyline.It is very moving in parts without being too "syrupy"-I bet you will be looking at your beloved mutt in a different way!
    Really enjoyed it- but what was the court room Steven Hawkins thing about??-I'm afraid this really jarred with me-was the author looking for a way out?
    Still good stuff, though,if you've got an elderly,wobbly much loved dog,be prepared to shed a tear or two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    11/22/11
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    "The art of racing...."

    Oh my god, what a book. The narrator is splendid. I didnt know what to expect when this story commenced. It is very very special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Dunnose Head, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
    9/22/11
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    "So happy that this narrator was chosen"

    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed indeed savoured the printed book, I was a bit nervous about paying for an audio version in case it was a let-down.

    I need not have worried. The narrator does a superb job and is utterly convincing as Enzo, and I didn't want my listening time to end.

    I can totally recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Bedlington, United Kingdom
    7/3/11
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    "Art of racing in the rain"

    This is the best book I have read in a very very long time thoroughly enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
    5/7/10
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    "Very moving"

    This story made me cry.... Am I just soppy or can an writer just sometimes write so well that you forget you are listening to fiction . I challenge anyone who has owned and mourned the loss of the family pet not to be moved by this storey . If you liked Marley and Me by John Grogan you really should listen to this the twist is this gem is written from the point of view of Enzo who is the family dog. Listen and enjoy just keep the tissues handy for the end .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thierry
    United Kingdom
    5/26/09
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    "Enjoy the ride and stop being cynical...."

    I utterely disagree with the previous review. This book is a masterpiece which gently, but very surely, captivate your imagination and after 30 minutes, become impossible to stop listening to. I am a 46 years old man "tough" with tatooes and all. "Marley and me", moved me, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" made me cry as well as laugh. Not only because it was about one dog, but also because it was about the trials of life of his "friend", not JUST about a dog. Brilliant. The only criticism, if I may, is that I now have started to have conversations with my two labradors!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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