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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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    Lone CopenhagenDenmark 11-17-08
    Lone CopenhagenDenmark 11-17-08
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    "A story of hope"

    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.

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    Susan M Werner 08-17-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful Read"

    It is rare that an author can weave a tale that includes several different story lines yet relate them so convincingly through such an unlikely narrator...a dog! This book transcends simple story and takes us on a journey of what it means to be a human, what true courage and love is, and what a privilege it is to have the companionship of an adoring dog. The humor and lessons in race car driving are an extra bonus. Highly recommended, but have some tissues handy at the end of this touching book!

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    Steve dover, NH, USA 07-09-08
    Steve dover, NH, USA 07-09-08
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    "A great heartwarming book with lots of humor"

    I took this book in on a long drive, and actually purchased the hard copy to read again. I am not what some would call an avid reader but it takes a special story to keep me interested, this was it. A great read

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    Thomas West Creek, NJ, USA 07-08-08
    Thomas West Creek, NJ, USA 07-08-08
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    "I will never look at my dog in the same way."

    Touching and wonderful. I laughed and cried. I will never look at my dog in the same way.

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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Saltillo, MS, USA 06-11-08
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    "A Real Treasure!"

    This is a masterpiece from Stein. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll cheer! You'll cry! A book for people who love dogs, who love racing, who love life!

    Thank you, Mr. Stein.

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    Todd Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 06-09-08
    Todd Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 06-09-08 Member Since 2006
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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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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 01-17-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 01-17-14 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Special Unconditional love achieved with a dog"
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    This touching story is very hard to put down. I listened to much of this book with my own dog either on my knee or right next to me (as always) and I gave him a big Hugs and Kisses throughout this heart filled story. If you have loved and lived for your dog (as I do for my we boy Sydney) you will know the unconditional Love and loyalty they dish out in spades. The acceptance they have with life is second to none, no mater what the situation. I so thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain and would definitely recommend it for all dog/animal lovers......

    The Art of Racing in the Rain is a wonderfully written book that is fun, thoughtful, and heartbreakingly sad. This story is cleverly narrated by the family dog, Enzo, a loyal Labrador mix. Enzo tells the tale of his life, recounts lessons learned, and shares what he imagines lies ahead for his soul. Enzo has always felt “almost human,” and his greatest desire is to come back in the next life as a human. He longs to express himself through speech and have opposable thumbs. He believes he is ready.

    As Enzo reflects on his life, the story is not just his, but his family's too. Denny is Enzo's master. He was single when he came to the puppy farm and chose Enzo. Enzo admires Denny and he lives up to his traditional “man's best friend” role. When Eve came into their lives, Enzo had to share his master, his time, and their home. But he loves how Eve makes Denny happy and silly, and slowly warms up to her and grows to love her as well. Zoe's birth brings a tiny vulnerable soul into the family and Enzo knows he is her protector. He again learns a new kind of love and responsibility. Through all their good and bad times, Enzo is the loyal and trusted four-legged member of the family.

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 12-06-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 12-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Suprised"

    I was not expecting the setting of this story. Had I known it was the autobiography of a dog with a not especially exciting life I probably would have passed. That would have been my misfortune. This was a wonderful book! Well written and very entertaining. If you are an animal lover especially a dog lover, I highly recommend this book.

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    david Clermont, GA, United States 10-05-13
    david Clermont, GA, United States 10-05-13
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    "Emotionally real and down to earth"

    Absolutely well done, I'm still thinking about it, for all dog lovers. Laugh, cry, get angry, sentimental, life affirming. Enzo and Matt define best friends and their life together is a journey of peaks and valleys. The end is superb. I was having a crappy week at work and listening to this story put me in a better place..

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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.

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  • Annabel
    Rustington, United Kingdom
    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.


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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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