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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 04-22-13
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 04-22-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Finally a Great Story and a Great Narrator"

    This book was recommended by a friend, I shall thank her later. She said Long Beach California was being encouraged to read it. That caught my attention, maybe a Long Beach Book Club, the Long Beach Grand Prix, I'm not sure. This is an amazing story, some parts were touching, some had me in tears. If you are a parent or love dogs this will touch your heart. If you are a car guy this is also for you. Some of the lines in the book are now on post-it notes on my desk. Yes, wisdom's are also in this amazing book. The narrator was spot on, well done. He was perfect for this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Reticent Reviewer Southeastern USA 06-11-08
    Reticent Reviewer Southeastern USA 06-11-08 Listener Since 2000
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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.

    5 of 6 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!!!"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Settle 06-20-16
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    "A New Classic"

    I wasn't sure if this would be my kind of book, but it was on sale, and I live dogs. I loved this book! I cried like crazy at the end, but that showed me how invested in had become in it. I highly recommend this book, and plan for it to be the first and maybe only book I have ever listened to twice.

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    LovinIt Fresno, CA, United States 06-09-16
    LovinIt Fresno, CA, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Quite enjoyable and everyone seems to love it"

    Everyone I know well told another person how great it was. I do not know another book that we can all discuss and comment on happily together.

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    li ding 06-09-16
    li ding 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    A very touching story from a dog's but maybe more convening way. The story ending is a bit too rosy to expect in a real life.

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    Jenblaz 06-09-16
    Jenblaz 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    finished book in less than 24 hours. kept me captivated. a very sweet book from a dog's perspective. makes me want to hug my puppy:-)

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    hotboy 06-05-16
    hotboy 06-05-16
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    "Fantastic book!"

    This book made me fall in love with my pup all over again. An emotional rollercoaster worth the ride.

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    Dave P Kent WA USA 05-07-16
    Dave P Kent WA USA 05-07-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Outstanding read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    Beautifully written - Enzo is a great narrator and the story unfolds in very satisfying manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The surprises along the way.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job of keeping his voice out of the story, just adding emphasis and inflection when it makes sense.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

    Enzo, of course.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 05-05-16
    Sharon 05-05-16
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    "One of the best"

    This book was so well performed that I thought I was inside Enzo's mind and the story is wonderful from the start. I write very, very few reviews, but had to share how excellent this book is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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