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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

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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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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    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 08-11-10
    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 08-11-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed "The Art of Racing in the Rain". The idea of a family's story being told from the dog's point-of-view was pure genius, and the way that it was executed far exceeded my expectations. The author and narrator could have easily portrayed the family dog (Enzo) as the stereo-typical happy-go-lucky family pet, but no. Enzo was wise beyond his years, and it was truly a pleasure to hear all that he was thinking.

    However, I would have to say that the last third of the book was especially difficult to get though, at least until the final two chapters. Denny's struggle is enough to make any father cringe at what he endured. But through it all, Enzo was there to help, even though he may not have been able to communicate directly.

    If you're a dog lover or you enjoyed "Marley and Me", I highly suggest giving this book a try. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil 07-10-10
    Neil 07-10-10
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    "I got something in my eye"

    I have to admit that this book was pretty good but towards the end I got something in my eye and it made finishing the book a little difficult. It must have been lint or something but my eye kept watering. I think my new motto in life is two barks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy Bradenton, FL, United States 05-26-10
    Betsy Bradenton, FL, United States 05-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable"

    I didn't think I would like this book, but bought it because of the reviews. I did love it. Some people thought it was sad, but I didn't get that feeling. It was about love and loyalty, with a twist in the plot. Give it a try. This is my first review and I wrote it because I always read the reviews of others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia ADA, MI, United States 04-27-10
    Patricia ADA, MI, United States 04-27-10 Member Since 2014
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    "For everyone who has had a dog"

    Great book. If you've had a dog, you understand their thinking of being part of family and traveling through life's trials with us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darla A. Middlebrook Moose Jaw, SK - Canada 09-27-09
    Darla A. Middlebrook Moose Jaw, SK - Canada 09-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "9 out of 10"

    I don't particularly like dogs and I am not interested in race cars. That having been said, I found this book very enjoyable. Enzo as philosopher was done well. This was a device that could have disintergrated into comedy, but did not. The blending of the philosophy of life with the philosophy of racing skill/art worked well. This is a novel that appeals because it is a novel about love...not a novel about dogs or racing. If I had to rate this novel, I would give it a 9 out of 10.

    3 of 4 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 2014
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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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Angell Maumelle, AR 01-22-09
    Johnny Angell Maumelle, AR 01-22-09 Member Since 2014

    OTHGI Skier

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    "Wonderful and very Moving"

    I have listened to many audio books and this is the first one that has caused me to write a review. First of all the narrator is excellent. If a dog could tell his life story, he'd sound like the narrator. The reading was not cartoony or tongue-in-cheek. I believed Enzo was telling me his story.

    And the story is wonderful. I won't mention plot points but will tell you that Enzo couldn't have had a better master and he knows it. If you can listen to this book without laughing out loud or shedding at least a few tears, you have a heart made of stone.

    For those who are not fans of auto racing, neither am I. Enzo is and he drew me into the sport while listening to the novel. Rest assured that while auto racing is referred to many times, this is not a story about auto racing.

    If you enjoy stories about the bond between man and dog, please listen to this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    2/2/16
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    "Enchanting story"

    Well told delightful story that shows the writers passion for racing and how these skills can come in handy. A story of success through humility and love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann & Jim Parr
    10/12/15
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    "brilliant book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a fervent motor racing fan and dog lover this book was just up my street, just loved it. All life is encapsulated by the old dog. It made me laugh and cry best read this year.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bluebells and Daffodils
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    7/20/15
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    "An all-time favourite!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to, and why?

    It is in a clas of its own.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will look out for him.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book when I first read it, and I enjoyed it all over again, even more, when I listened to it. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 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).

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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