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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    Regina-Audible USA 12-21-13
    Regina-Audible USA 12-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Audible editor and listener. Lover of fiction, thrillers, celebrity memoirs, and quirky teen novels.

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    "A Don't Miss for Dog Owners"

    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.

    8 of 9 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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    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.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Arianne Woodinville, WA, USA 10-25-08
    Arianne Woodinville, WA, USA 10-25-08
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    "Racing in the Rain is Lovely"

    This was a phenomenal listen. The voice was dead on perfect and you really felt all the emotions. Tying in the principles of car racing and life was well done and interesting even if you aren't a racing buff. The characters were beautifully realized and multi dimensional and part of the end will bring tears to your eyes. You'll probably look at this book several times and won't get it because your first assumption is that a book from the point of view of a dog is silly. I felt the same. I'm glad my book club picked it because I never would have known what I missed. the dog is wry and poignant and a brilliant character. Really, really good. One of the best books I've either read or listened to, all year. Really a great listening book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 07-01-16
    Katie 07-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "What a fabulous story!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am SO happy I found this book! It truly touched me. Such a wonderful perspective on our best furry friends. I would not suggest listening to the first 15-20 minutes or the last 30 minutes while out in public. Enzo was a true friend in every way that we hope to be. He listened, was supportive, attentive, caring and loved unconditionally. I don't think I've ever loved a character more!! This is one of those stories that brings tears to my eyes even weeks after reading because it was such a beautiful, well told story about true love and friendship. Highly recommend.

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    Marlene 05-20-16
    Marlene 05-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book, good performance."

    I really enjoyed the story line and the reading. However the musical interludes between chapters were too long, to the point of distraction and annoyance and when the reading resumed before the music ended the music was slightly louder than the reading.

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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'...)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes carson city, NV, United States 08-02-11
    Mercedes carson city, NV, United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2015
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    "For the dog lover..."

    Similar to that heart wrenching tug that makes you want to hug your dog immediately found in "Marley and Me", this book takes a little different of a turn as it's fromt he dog's perspective. I will never look at my dog the same after reading this book. It's wonderful!

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    Todd Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 06-09-08
    Todd Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 06-09-08
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    "A fun read."

    I've always thought of myself as a bit dog-like and now I know why. The book was well written, witty, and the story was told from a unique perspective that I enjoyed thoroughly.

    If you enjoy good story telling, you can't go wrong with this book.

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 04-17-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 04-17-16 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Dog Gone"

    Enzo and Maggie... Enzo is Garth Stein's narrator of "The Art of Racing in the Rain," and Maggie narrates Robert Crais', "Suspect". They are two of the loveliest books that Audio's played for me. Dog lovers will enjoy them both - but perhaps "The Art of Racing In The Rain" the most. Each involves a mystery. Each has tension and yeah, a wallop of heartbreak. But they both tugged me up, not down.

    Christopher Evan Welch gets out of the way becoming almost invisible as he releases the ensemble cast to reveal their story of introspective hope. Uh-huh, Stein manipulatively plucks emotions like a classical guitar's strings. So what? Mozart can do that but Stein can't?

    This is a book you can listen to with your children (say perhaps 10 and older)
    who'll value the metaphorical rain-racing as much as you.

    The book's too short and I wished for some revenge to sink my own canines into. Regardless, I may listen to Enzo again tell me about life's meaning sometime when days are shorter, nights colder, and hope can use some pumping up.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    "Story not to be missed"

    One of the best listens, I have experienced. Enjoyed it so much I played it again.

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  • Ms
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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

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  • Sandra
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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 .

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  • Thierry
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    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!

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  • A. Seymour
    4/26/09
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    "Sweet and... sour"

    Few minutes after begun listening this book... I was feeling regrets of buying it.
    This book shows a very cranky dog that swears a lot... I thought it could be nicer and apt for a younger audience if there were not that many times the f word (I hope my dog doesn't swear that much in his head!!).
    A couple of hours later on the book I was feeling more comfortable and enjoying more the drama... it keep me wondering... towards the end the little twist of adding Stephen Hawking's voice device, in my personal opinion... it killed the book.
    I finished listening to it yesterday and I must confess, I even enjoy the end.
    In conclusion, this is not the best book about a dog life but it will keep you entertained if you listen to it while walking your own dog!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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