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
I often try to find books I can share on car trips with my family from my 80 year old mom
to my teen aged kids. This is one of the few that can span the generations with ease. I hesitated buying this as it seemed a little too cute- maybe good for parents or teens but not just a regular pick up and read book. I am so glad I got it and enjoyed it thoroughly. The unique vantage point of being told by a dog who is a the end of his days gives the story a mobility and freshness that allows it to be both sage and full of child-like glee at the simple things in life and the importance of friendship and family. I did literally laugh outloud and cry outloud.
As always I try to listen on the faster speed on my ipod and generally buy abriged where possible. It's a short attention span world you know.
I rarely find a book that I wish to take the time to write review for, and this is one of them. A very well written and narrated book, that uses colorful and descriptive language to paint the saga of a race car driver's family and life from the eyes of his faithful dog, Enzo. I have to admit that its sad start and character lows had me wanting to walk away from the book a couple times. But the wonderful ride up and down made for a compelling story that in the end I was glad I hung on for. If you like dogs, heartfelt glimpses at life's struggles, and would like to learn a little about Indy racing at the same time, this is a must read.
I had some misgivings about this one, but I couldn't resist. I'm glad I didn't. It was wonderful - sweet, sad, a driveway-sitter. Enzo (the dog) knows just enough to make him a believable narrator, yet has a doglike naivete - nice job by Stein. It is somewhat predictable and a little syrupy at times, but this is forgiven.
To the producers: PLEASE LOSE THE **** MUSIC!!! This gets worse every year. Now they fade the music for about 10 seconds into the text so you can't even skip through it. PLEASE STOP!!!
listened to this book on a recent trip with 3 ladies in the car, usually wouldn't be able to get a word in edge ways but this time silence they were so absorbed in the story and all burst into tears at the end - even i had a frog in my throat ! recommended!!
My husband and I listened to this book together and both thoroughly enjoyed it. We loved Enzo and were sad when the book ended. It is funny, heartwarming and sweet. I highly recommend it.
Nothing like a great book when on the move.
I fell in love with this book. If you have ever lived with a dog, you will appreciate the narrators perspective. Enzo provides a beautiful insight into a dog's life. Well done!!
A story from the dog's point of view? I was skeptical, but it works. Engaging from beginning to end. I predict a run on puppy sales.
This book was a joy to listen to. I would come home from work and walk my dog and listen to it, it made my connection to my dog closer and made me laugh and cry. I recommend to all pet owners.
"Sweet and... sour"
Few minutes after begun listening this book... I was feeling regrets of buying it.
This book shows a very cranky dog that swears a lot... I thought it could be nicer and apt for a younger audience if there were not that many times the f word (I hope my dog doesn't swear that much in his head!!).
A couple of hours later on the book I was feeling more comfortable and enjoying more the drama... it keep me wondering... towards the end the little twist of adding Stephen Hawking's voice device, in my personal opinion... it killed the book.
I finished listening to it yesterday and I must confess, I even enjoy the end.
In conclusion, this is not the best book about a dog life but it will keep you entertained if you listen to it while walking your own dog!
"Best accidental find... Ever"
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.
"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).
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Art of racing in the rain"
This is the best book I have read in a very very long time thoroughly enjoyed it
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 .
"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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