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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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    Loves to Match Southern California 08-11-10
    Loves to Match Southern California 08-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Poignant and fun at the same time"

    Highly recommend this clever book -- easy to listen to and the lead character is insightful and loveable. I got a bit teary, but uplifting in end -- certainly not a downer. Hoping to read more from this author.

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    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 08-11-10
    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 08-11-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Thank you for a wonderful experience"

    If you're going to listen to only one book this year, make it this one. Whether you've loved a dog or not, I think you'll love this book.

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    Carly Melbourne, Australia 08-02-10
    Carly Melbourne, Australia 08-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    I was already in a sad mood when I read this which given some of the reviews would have put me into even more of a funk... but instead I found it uplifting and strength giving! Enjoyed it so much that for the first time ever I listened to it in one epic six hour block, I simply could not turn it off. Beautifully written and beautifully narrated... one of those books where I just knew the superb narration gave me a higher level of enjoyment. Was twittering throughout the six hours about how incredible it was & got replies from strangers agreeing with me... which surely is a sign of a book that has touched many other people. Easily the best book I've read/listened to in recent years.

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    Nicholas Baskett London, UK 07-30-10
    Nicholas Baskett London, UK 07-30-10 Member Since 2008

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    "utterly excellent"

    of course everything is relative, but I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book. There was an element of this book for which I had particular empathy, but regardless of your background I found this book as being particularly special. I hope others read it and get as much enjoyment from it as I did.

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    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 07-29-10
    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 07-29-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Most enjoyable!"

    This book was so enjoyable to listen to. I liked hearing things from the dog's point of view, which had me laughing or crying, depending on the dog or his family's circumstances at the time. His frequent desire for opposable thumbs or for a short fat tongue so he could speak just added to the charm of the character. I've recommended this book to all of my dog-loving friends.

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    "Laugh and cry"

    First, I love the the thought that there is a possibility that Enzo, or any dog, could possess the understanding and thought process displayed in this book. Second, even if he couldn't, his effect on the family is truely beautiful. The story and its telling brought me to laughter and tears and back again. A truely wounderful experiance that I highly recommend. Beware of the Zebra!

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    Charles Haenertsburg, South Africa 07-22-10
    Charles Haenertsburg, South Africa 07-22-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Such a cute story"

    Absolutely loves this!! Wasn't expecting too much from it but was pleasantly surprised. Real heart-warming story. Thinking of buying the real book now too.

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    Mary Jo Onalaska, WI, USA 07-20-10
    Mary Jo Onalaska, WI, USA 07-20-10
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    "okay"

    I had a friend that was very excited about this book and said after a somewhat slow start she enjoyed this story immensely. I had a much more lukewarm response to the dog narrating this life story. You might like it.

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    Marie Venice, FL, United States 07-19-10
    Marie Venice, FL, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the book"

    I have dogs and while listening to this book, I found myself talking to them thinking that they understand everything I said to them. It was a great book, especially for dog owners.

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    Lori Mitchell, SD, United States 07-15-10
    Lori Mitchell, SD, United States 07-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    Would give this one a 10 star! Not only is it a great story, the reader could not have done a better job! I hope there will be more to come from the team that put this togeather! God bless them all!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • A User
    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.

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  • Julie
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Ms
    Bedlington, United Kingdom
    7/3/11
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    "Art of racing in the rain"

    This is the best book I have read in a very very long time thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Sandra
    redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
    5/7/10
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    "Very moving"

    This story made me cry.... Am I just soppy or can an writer just sometimes write so well that you forget you are listening to fiction . I challenge anyone who has owned and mourned the loss of the family pet not to be moved by this storey . If you liked Marley and Me by John Grogan you really should listen to this the twist is this gem is written from the point of view of Enzo who is the family dog. Listen and enjoy just keep the tissues handy for the end .

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  • Thierry
    United Kingdom
    5/26/09
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    "Enjoy the ride and stop being cynical...."

    I utterely disagree with the previous review. This book is a masterpiece which gently, but very surely, captivate your imagination and after 30 minutes, become impossible to stop listening to. I am a 46 years old man "tough" with tatooes and all. "Marley and me", moved me, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" made me cry as well as laugh. Not only because it was about one dog, but also because it was about the trials of life of his "friend", not JUST about a dog. Brilliant. The only criticism, if I may, is that I now have started to have conversations with my two labradors!

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