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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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    David Garland, TX, United States 12-20-11
    David Garland, TX, United States 12-20-11
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    "Extremely Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    The way this book was written, was very creative. If you like animals, people & some bit of a car story, you will love this book! Would definitely read this one again!


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

    Definitely wanted to finish in one night, but it took two instead.


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    Mary IRVING, TX, United States 12-19-11
    Mary IRVING, TX, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Unique Narrator"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    No. It was a good read but once was enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo


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

    He had a good dog voice!


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

    It's a dog's life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen Orford, NH, United States 12-19-11
    Gretchen Orford, NH, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "what a great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend or an enemy. I read the book before but listening to it was so much more enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    enzo (of course)


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    Courtney Houston, Texas, United States 12-19-11
    Courtney Houston, Texas, United States 12-19-11
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    "engaging for me and my husband"
    Any additional comments?

    my husband loves car racing. i love dogs. this well-written tale captured our attention and made a long drive seem very short. Go Enzo!

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    Petro Pretoria, South Africa 12-15-11
    Petro Pretoria, South Africa 12-15-11
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    "The art of dancing in the rain"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    Dont know the print edition, audio was fantastic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo because of his wisdom and principle centered look at life


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

    Liked that it started where I stopped. disliked own skill level to listen from tablet


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

    made me chuckle and cry


    Any additional comments?

    great read

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    Karlene Robinson 12-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Wasn't for me"
    Would you try another book from Garth Stein and/or Christopher Evan Welch?

    I don't think so


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    22 Britannia Rd


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

    It was easy to listen to. The performer was believable as a dog.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I think the issues were too systemic for some cutting to have improved things. Having said that, I would probably have cut the last chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea of telling a story from a dogs point of view was intriguing ... but it never really sat well with me. And I didn't enjoy the depressing nature of the tale that was being told. I was thinking

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    Tommy United States 12-13-11
    Tommy United States 12-13-11

    skipping the hard parts

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    "dogs + racing FTW!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. its a wonderful story, not complex, but really well told


    What did you like best about this story?

    if you are a dog person and at all into racing, esp the history of it and if ayrton senna is your all time hero, this book has to be listened too (or read)


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

    Enzo, the dog!


    Any additional comments?

    i cried, and cried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frequent Shopper ST AUGUSTINE, FL, United States 12-12-11
    Frequent Shopper ST AUGUSTINE, FL, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2013

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    "If you have ever loved a dog....."

    This book is from the unique perspective of man's best friend. Enzo, the dog, narrates and is consistenly his master's biggest fan. A great story is told by this dog as he experiences and supports his master through quite a few life transformations. There are spiritual revelations and wins and losses. You'll leave the book with an improved ability to understand your dog and it may just ease the time when the loss of your dog does occur. As an additional benefit, you'll come away with some great concepts that will help you next time you're on the race track!
    I heartedly recommend this book!

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    Cheryl Rubenstein 12-12-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Excellent story!"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    What a wonderful tale, skillfully told. For dog lovers and those interested in the human condition, an excellent choice.


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    Karen Napa, CA, United States 12-09-11
    Karen Napa, CA, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best stories ever!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Definitely. Just a wonderful, heart warming story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo...of course. He was a very wise dog...but then what dog isn't?


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

    Can't remember, but he was very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending when the little boy says his name is Enzo....wonderful! Enzo said he would come back as a human and he did!


    Any additional comments?

    No, just a great book.

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