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 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.
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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.
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.
I would listen to this book again because the story was well written. It made me think, laugh, cry and everything in between.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the narratror's performance. I did listen to this book in one sitting while I was traveling. I loved it.
Don't miss this wonderful insight into life's mysteries.
Radical Redhead here to find a few good books to listen to while working.
I really enjoyed how the story seemed to flow well and the humanness of Enzo. Pretty much just Enzo altogether.
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.
I haven't, but I would certainly listen to another. He did a great job, his voice is easy to listen to.
So you think your mascara is really waterproof, huh?
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.
If you are looking for something thoughtful, sensible, well thought out and executed. Look elswhere. This is awful. None of it rings true.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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