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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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    Brian Wentworth, NH, United States 12-26-12
    Brian Wentworth, NH, United States 12-26-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "I feel the dog's personality"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    I felt the dog!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Denny was my favorite because he never gave up and always loved freely!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Eve's father fed Enzo the peprocinni the second time.


    If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eve because she was so likable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a real tear jerker so be prepared. I believe the author captured the very essence of any dogs demeanor. I could actually see any dog I have known trying to think like Enzo did in the book.

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    Monica 12-22-12
    Monica 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "eh... It could have been good`"

    This book has SO MUCH potential!

    Overall: If this book were a movie, I would not pay to go to the theater and see it; I wouldn’t even spend the money on renting it. I would however watch it if it came on regular cable.

    The dog perspective is a great listen-- I was worried it would be cheesy coming from a dog, but it really wasn’t... it was great and sometimes funny. The dog had human thoughts for the most part with a few funny dog-like behaviors thrown in for good measure.

    The family and the general story had a good outline but I did not enjoy the development of the story. There were a lot of complications that were cleaned up too easily, too shortly towards the very end. Not to mention I am not into racing cars. I get the comparison that was being made, but still found myself very bored with the descriptive parts about cars and/or racing them.

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    bopeep Augusta, GA 12-22-12
    bopeep Augusta, GA 12-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, sometimes hard to listen to"

    Excellent narration, fantastic plot with lots of twists and turns, fulfilling resolution. Highly recommend this book.

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    LYDIE 12-19-12
    LYDIE 12-19-12

    Travel in my car 3 hours a day, I listen to audible books both ways. I now hate to leave my car. Thinking of a way I can live in my car - kidding! But I love my audible books. They are the best part of my day.

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    "One of the best books I've ever listened to"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes! I never listen to books more than once. But this one I will. I absolutely love Enzo! I am so sorry the book ended. I wish it would go on and on. Author did an outstanding job of developing the dog as the main character. I cried so hard at the ending - I was driving home from work and had to pull over. That is how great the book is.


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

    none


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Enzo took the legal papers that Denny was going to sign and urinated on them. What a great thing the author did - brave on his part.


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

    So many many parts but mainly the end of Enzo's life - was very touching. I was so moved - I cried for hours and truly mourned the loss of that character.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to listen to - you will enjoy it very much.

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-17-12
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-17-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Self indulgent and boring"

    I tend to like these sorts of books and maybe this would have been better in the written form. I was bored stiff with it and kept on going to sleep. Don't bother with this is my advice

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    Selena 12-17-12
    Selena 12-17-12 Member Since 2016

    I am a lifelong reader and I enjoy many types of books. My favorites are romance, historical fiction, and a little sci-fi thrown in.

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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I think the voice version brought the characters to life in a way that the print version couldn't.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, of course, was my favorite. How could he not be?


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

    I haven't heard any other Christopher Welch performances.


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

    Again, that would have to be Enzo. I always suspected dogs were smarter than they could articulate. He just proved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Be ready to go through a full range of emotions...from complete happiness to heart wrenching sadness. This book delivers it all.

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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 12-14-12
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX USA 12-14-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Absolutely Best Dog Story--Ever"

    Written from the viewpoint of a dog named Enzo, who has beautiful insight into the lives of his people. A different and beautiful story of what a dog learned in a short life, what takes most humans a lifetime, and often never grasp. It is sad, joyful, and funny.

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    anne raleigh, NC, United States 12-12-12
    anne raleigh, NC, United States 12-12-12
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    "Spot On"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended this book to my dog loving friends. It is similar to Marley and Me but I think I enjoyed this one even better. At first I didn't think I was going to like it. The story, style and characters definitely grew on me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought that the ups and downs in the plot were interesting. There were quite a few surprises that kept things moving.


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

    I laughed, cried, and pondered a whole lot.


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    Linda SALEM, SD, United States 12-11-12
    Linda SALEM, SD, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautiful Story"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites. It brings out all the emotions a good book should. It made me laugh out loud, cry tears of sadness and at the end, tears of joy. It tells a beutiful story of perseverance and love and it is told so wonderfully from the dog's perspective.


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    Mark Littleton, Colorado United States 12-11-12
    Mark Littleton, Colorado United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth it. Afterwards watch documentary on Senna"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    It's the kind of book you only listen to once. But, I would definitely recommend it for that first listen :)


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

    Enzo, of course. Great narrator perspective. Very unique angle on a story.


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  • The pink one
    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
    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
    U.K.
    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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