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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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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 02-10-11
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2015

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "Kept Waiting."

    This book lacked character development and, therefore, was slow. I kept waiting for something interesting or exciting to happen but it never did. If you like race car driving, you might like it because there are many references to various drivers and races.

    5 of 6 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Bruns Valley Center, KS USA 06-20-08
    Kristy Bruns Valley Center, KS USA 06-20-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing!"

    One of the best books I've listened to in years. Better than the printed version because narration by the dog in first person is such a great perspective. One of the few books I can recommend to both men and women. The metaphors of car racing are very clever.

    2 of 2 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.

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-05-10
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-05-10 Member Since 2015

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    "A bit of a downer"

    I was a bit disappointed in this book because I thought the pretext was so excellent. This book had an opportunity to be stellar. But what I heard was not what I expected.

    I loved the idea of having the story told from the point of view of the dog. Problem for me was, he just never charmed me. He was rather a downer. He was angry and smug just about the whole way through the book. I tend to think of those attributes as belonging more to cats. I must say, though, that I loved his "Walter Mitty" moments. They were the most charming thing about the book, as I really think that many dogs who have a hunch they really are humans with disabilities have those moments. (An aside: My dog, Harley, taps me on the arm and looks deep into my eyes as if to say, "You know I can't talk so PLEASE read my mind.")

    I think part of my problem with the book was the narrator. His vocal tones remained in that low, rather down range throughout the entire book. I just needed a little more excitement out of him, and a little more happiness. I know, the dog was old and ready to be put down, but in looking back on his life, he should have been happier about having lived such a loved and loving life.

    Bottom line for me: although it's worth reading, the book did not live up to its potential.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    cwf1966 06-26-15
    cwf1966 06-26-15 Member Since 2014

    I am a 40-something paralegal in Oklahoma. I love to read and now I love to listen to a good reader also.

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    "One of my favorite stories- top 10"

    I read this book 3 years ago and it rekindled the love of reading I had lost while raising children. I listened to it on audio this week because I wanted to feel the way I felt when I read it before. I was not disappointed. This is the only book I will re read every few years as I do not read again. But I love this story ! If you love dogs and strong, honorable men, this book will be your favorite!! Narration was perfect.

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    pickyconsumer 06-11-15
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    "Beautiful!"

    A truly great story. Totally worth a credit and your time. If you are a dog lover, it is a total must-listen. Even if you aren't, it's a worthwhile listen. I know and care nothing about racing, and I love dogs so much that I'm reluctant to read (ears or eyes) stories that I fear will wrench my heart strings. I'm SO glad I started this one. Couldn't stop. Hated going into work after listening on my commute in. Don't miss it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 06-08-15
    Laura 06-08-15
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    "One of the best buys from audible!"

    This reading will never get old. Perfection for every dog lover! Have a box of Kleenex handy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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