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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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    Laura Connecticut 10-29-12
    Laura Connecticut 10-29-12
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    "Such a wonderful perspective"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story made me laugh and cry. It is a dramatic story told from a wonderful perspective.


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    K. Thompson 10-24-12
    K. Thompson 10-24-12

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    "Best Audible Book I have ever heard...."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the dog was the narrator of this story and it seemed as if Enzo was
    a person instead of an animal. The performance by Christopher Evan Welch was MAGNIFICENT!


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

    NONE, UNTIL NOW. I will be looking for others narrated by Mr. Welch .


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Dog is almost HUMAN.


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    Christy 10-24-12
    Christy 10-24-12
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    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    I loved the perspective of the dog - who told the story. Very neat to see things from his point of view, and what an intelligent dog!! The story really laid bare the difficulty and the reward of sticking through the hard times. Very moving, just awesome. Had some tough times listening to sad things that were happening, but that is a good author for you! Takes you right along with the characters, as if they are members of your own family. A great tale.


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    Malu Boulder, CO 10-21-12
    Malu Boulder, CO 10-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "wisdom for living"

    I am not a dog person, but enjoyed this immensely. It's much more than a dog story.

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    tim Sydney, Australia 10-13-12
    tim Sydney, Australia 10-13-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You need to read this book! Put aside any reservations you have an listen with an open mind. It provides amazing insights into life. It made me cry a few times, very touching. I'm about to use some of my Audible book credits to gift it to some close friends.


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    Cheryl COVENTRY, RI, United States 10-11-12
    Cheryl COVENTRY, RI, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wanted to love this book..."
    Would you try another book from Garth Stein and/or Christopher Evan Welch?

    No, I need a little more excitement in an audio book than what this had to offer. The narrator did a great job, but I think the story was a little lacking.


    Has The Art of Racing in the Rain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Is there a "narrated by dog" genre? If so, I would probably try others, because that's what intrigued me. Most likely there isn't though...


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing, the narrator was great.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a heartfelt story...but just a little boring at times.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the reviews, I really wanted to love this book because it seems most people did. Maybe it's just a personal preference, as I tend to read more suspenseful novels. I thought this would be more light hearted and funny, while it was mostly just kind of depressing and predictable.

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    Brenda 10-11-12
    Brenda 10-11-12
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    "Disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Art of Racing in the Rain? What did you like least?

    This book definitely didn't live up to the hype of other reviews. The story line was predictable, the climax implausible. While it was easy enough to listen to and the performance was satisfactory, the story itself had no real tension, required no committment and was routine. It bordered on boring and thankfully, because it is a relatively short book, ended before I gave up and went on to something more interesting.


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    Sandra 10-11-12
    Sandra 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I love to multi-task with Audible!

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    "I loved this story!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    yes, it's definately on my review list


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's not a long listen but enjoyable from begining to end! :)


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    rockinrnb 10-09-12
    rockinrnb 10-09-12 Member Since 2015

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

    The story being narrated by a dog.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great narration, great story, funny, yet philosophical and not a sad ending.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    The quality and tone of his voice.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    I like the name and wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it twice within about one month!

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    Benjamin Nashville, TN, United States 10-08-12
    Benjamin Nashville, TN, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sophmoric"
    What disappointed you about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    It was clever to tell the story through a dogs eyes. Nothing else was clever


    What was most disappointing about Garth Stein’s story?

    Ditto


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was better than the book but not much


    What character would you cut from The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    the author.
    I think I will need to shoot my daughter who reccommended it


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