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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Written by: 
Garth Stein
Narrated by: 
Christopher Evan Welch
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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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    john hagerstown, MD, United States 08-22-12
    john hagerstown, MD, United States 08-22-12
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    "Incredible any one who owns a dog a must"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I was moved from the beginning, I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I have read many books and audible alike but this book, though audible was incredible. I loved it from start to finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12
    Jennifer fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Exploring the world one book at a time.

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    "A beautiful story of Man, dog and life"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    I believe that this book is a great read for all who enjoy stories of struggle and triumph. The story is told through the eyes of a dog, but one that is so human like, at times I found myself enjoying the closeness to humanity that he shared. The story comes with tears, laughter, and though provoking moments that will stay with the reader for a long time. The narrator's cadence was perfect, and in my humble opinion was one of the best I've heard in a long time.


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

    Yes, the author does a good job making the reader think about the issues that are brought up in the book. Regardless of the issue, family, friends, death, life, birth, triumph, struggling, etc, they are easy to relate to. The issues are brought on an easily accessible platform.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 08-20-12
    Lori United States 08-20-12
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    "Lessons for Life"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because the story was well written. It made me think, laugh, cry and everything in between.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Enzo was protecting (in his own mind) the dying wife from death. It brought me to tears.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    Enzo was my favorite character. Enzo is looking back at his life and recall the lessons he has learned. Stein's ability to show Enzo as a thoughtful, almost human character is what makes the book so appealing. Enzo the dog relates his beliefs / lessons about life to what Denny has taught him about expert racing and it all fits together beautifully.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed the narratror's performance. I did listen to this book in one sitting while I was traveling. I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this wonderful insight into life's mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RadicalRed South Lyon, MI, United States 08-17-12
    RadicalRed South Lyon, MI, United States 08-17-12

    Radical Redhead here to find a few good books to listen to while working.

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    "A must read for any pet lover!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed how the story seemed to flow well and the humanness of Enzo. Pretty much just Enzo altogether.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really got into how Enzo viewed the world and how he interacted with people to help them with their emotions. You can't help but think of your pets' having the same thoughts after listening to this book.


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

    I haven't, but I would certainly listen to another. He did a great job, his voice is easy to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    So you think your mascara is really waterproof, huh?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA Iowa City, IA, United States 08-15-12
    LINDA Iowa City, IA, United States 08-15-12
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    "I know dogs think just like Enzo."

    Buddy my morkie has become my chemo buddy. He is so gentle and comforting. Looking for a happy successful outcome with a long full life.

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    Garret 08-14-12
    Garret 08-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This is new age dreck"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something thoughtful, sensible, well thought out and executed. Look elswhere. This is awful. None of it rings true.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-13-12
    Tanya LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome book."

    Great story especially if you are a person who wonders what your dog is thinking and wish they could talk. Narrator is very good and overall a wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Walsdorf Long Neck, DE 08-13-12
    Jack Walsdorf Long Neck, DE 08-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Well worth the time and the $$/credit"

    The reason this book is so well reviewed is simple. A good story with great characters read by a top notch narrator.
    I'm a dog lover so maybe there is some bias in my thoughts but I think this story about a man and his dog &his daughter & his wife & his in-laws & his job & his passion has all the elements to conclude your time with this book is very well spent.

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    Katherine Harding 08-09-12
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    "My best purchase."

    This book is not just for people who love dogs, its for anyone who has ever loved at all. Beautifully written and read. This story is a lesson in living and loving in the now. I was speechless after reading it and will recommend it to many!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Forrester 08-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A well told and lovely story"
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    I'll never look at our dog the same way again! Really enjoyed this and it wasn't nearly as sad as I thought it would be.....very heartwarming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Parr
    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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