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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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    Georgia Springfield, OH, USA 06-04-10
    Georgia Springfield, OH, USA 06-04-10 Member Since 2007
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    "loved it"

    this is my favorite listen that i have purchased from audible. i hardly write reviews but i felt compelled. try it, you will be glad that you did.

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    William Fresno, CA, United States 06-03-10
    William Fresno, CA, United States 06-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Simple but interesting"

    A friend listed this on a "books you should enjoy" list. I thought the overall story was very simple, but at the same time it kept my interest. Had some feeling, but no surprises.

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    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 05-24-10
    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 05-24-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Great book until the ending"

    I have to say that I really enjoyed this book until its ending. It was as if the author got near the end and said, "Oh, wow, I've got to sew this whole thing up and make it as fantastical as possible." I'll not blow it for anyone by saying what happens, but as a serious reader, professional writer and fan of auto racing, the coda ruined it for me.

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    Roberta AR 05-23-10
    Roberta AR 05-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    What a great book! I'm not much of a dog person, but Enzo had me from the very beginning. This is such a great story of love, devotion, and doing the right thing. Listen and enjoy this book...you won't be sorry!

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    Meave Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-10
    Meave Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-10

    I enjoy a good mystery with unique characters plus humor.

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    "A beautiful book"

    I talk to my dogs as Denny does with Enzo and I'm sure my dogs understand somewhat of what I say. This is the best book I have listened to in may years and I highly recommend it to people that may not have dogs. It is not a typical dog story as you might be familiar with. This is a remarkable story with heart, laughs, sadness and joy. I would give it ******

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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 05-21-10
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 05-21-10 Member Since 2002

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "5 + Stars"

    I'd give this one 6 stars if able. Where has there EVER been a better dog story that's really in the end about us? You will laugh, you will cry, you will be sad, you will be elated. Enzo is a dog who talks like a human but thinks like a dog. He remembers things but lives in the moment, loves Formula one racing and only wants to be a human. Trust me, unless you are totally cynical or hate dogs this is one book you will be glad you spent the money for. Oh and the narration is top notch. Christopher Welch does an outstanding job. I'm wondering how many takes it took him to get some of the passages because I know he was crying or laughing at what was going on. It's that good.

    This one will rank right up there with Where the Red Fern Grows, Incredible Journey, and the best of Dean Koontz' dog stories.

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    Mary 05-18-10
    Mary 05-18-10
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    "Can't Say Enough Good Things!!"

    I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I listened to this book THREE times. The first time was casually while I was busy with other things but before it was over I knew I had to listen again to fill in the gaps. The second time I was totally drawn in by the story and the third time, I fell in love with Enzoe and Denny. I also laughed and cried just the right amount. I'm looking fwd to listening to Garth Stein's other books.

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    Beckie Leone Jacksonville Beach, FL United States 05-02-10
    Beckie Leone Jacksonville Beach, FL United States 05-02-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely wonderful book of GREATNESS"

    I am a very sensitive person and my dogs are the best part of my days. In fact, my painting blog is named after them. I also enjoy a really well written book, but can no longer read the written word. I was afraid I'd never enjoy a good book again until I found this site.

    BUT THIS BOOK is past a good read, it is about Greatness! It is SO WELL written and the the 2 main characters, Dennie and Enzoe are both GREAT - ah men and dogs!

    And the reader is tremendous, I was enraptured from the first word to the last. I laughed and cried - but not too much. All I can think now is how can I get everyone else to read or listen to this incredible book!

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    S. Blakely Oakland, CA 05-01-10
    S. Blakely Oakland, CA 05-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my cup of tea."

    Female reviewer over age 50: I didn't like this book and returned it. I wasn't enjoying the author's imaginary inner world of Enzo the dog. I'm also not a car racing fan so that aspect of the story was boring to me.

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    "tears and laughter what a wonderful experience"

    I laughed, I cried and I absolutely loved this book. As the owner of a very old dog it certainly pulled at the heartstrings, but was in short a lovely view of a dogs life. Highly recomended.

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