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 felt the dog!
Denny was my favorite because he never gave up and always loved freely!
My favorite scene was when Eve's father fed Enzo the peprocinni the second time.
Eve because she was so likable.
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.
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.
Excellent narration, fantastic plot with lots of twists and turns, fulfilling resolution. Highly recommend this book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great book to listen to - you will enjoy it very much.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
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
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.
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.
Enzo, of course, was my favorite. How could he not be?
I haven't heard any other Christopher Welch performances.
Again, that would have to be Enzo. I always suspected dogs were smarter than they could articulate. He just proved it!
Be ready to go through a full range of emotions...from complete happiness to heart wrenching sadness. This book delivers it all.
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.
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.
I thought that the ups and downs in the plot were interesting. There were quite a few surprises that kept things moving.
I laughed, cried, and pondered a whole lot.
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.
It's the kind of book you only listen to once. But, I would definitely recommend it for that first listen :)
Enzo, of course. Great narrator perspective. Very unique angle on a 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.
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.
"An all-time favourite!"
Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.
It is in a clas of its own.
No, but I will look out for him.
Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.
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.
"The dog tells it as it is .."
I am sure the audio book is better than the printed book. It makes the story come very much to life.
I loved the book throughout. My inner child love the idea of the dog telling the story.
I loved the reincarnation towards the end.
A must read for animal lovers.
"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.
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