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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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    Elliott 01-16-12
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    "Delightful and unexpected."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    When Dennis takes Enzo for a ride in his BMW at race speeds around a race track.


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    Deb Grand Rapids, MI, United States 01-16-12
    Deb Grand Rapids, MI, United States 01-16-12
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    "Outstanding!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time putting this book down. I listened to it on my daily commutes to work and wanted to keep driving around so I could continue listening to the story. Once of the best books I've 'read' in a very long time.

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    Janet 01-11-12
    Janet 01-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Premice good, story was not"

    Parts of the story were not believable. I wanted to shake the characters. I was disappointed overall in the plot.. I did enjoy the narrator . Janet

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    V. pava California 01-09-12
    V. pava California 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    The huge ratings of the book engaged me to read it. It was entertaining but I expected more. The insights were good but nothing was unexpected. If you read the read the review to purchase the book, it's exactly that.

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    Mike 01-09-12
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    "Great story of triumph"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    This was a very enjoyable book. It's a great story of triumph and perseverance from the perspctive of a dog. The narration was excellent.


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    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 01-08-12
    Catarina Stockholm, Sweden 01-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Unique perspective, spiritual undertone"

    This is at the same time an entertaining, gripping and spiritual story told from a dog's perspective. Follow how Enzo, the dog, and his master Denny (+ his family) are living through challenging times. Hear what Enzo is thinking and wishes he could communicate. A true love story to dogs (I'm not even a dog person!) and a wise, encouraging, tale about life.

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    Dan United States 01-04-12
    Dan United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Good story but not amazing. I do like the writing from the view point of the dog but that's about it. Supposed to be an uplifting account of dealing with multiple struggles but I still found the redemption a little depressing...


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    Magoose 01-02-12
    Magoose 01-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Book not about a Dog!"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    That it was a story involving a dog but was NOT a dog story. I waited amost a year because I was sure it was a dog story. I like dogs but not interested in reading/listening to a Dog Story. I loved the way the dog told the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dog, because of the way he was used in the book.


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

    No


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good Book, Read it.

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    T. Nichols Aspen, CO United States 01-02-12
    T. Nichols Aspen, CO United States 01-02-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "A book with unexpected depth"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    A moving story revealed through a highly perceptive translation of a dog's perspective.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo


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

    Enzo


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

    A moving story revealed through a highly perceptive translation of a dog's perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Angella Lusby, MD, United States 12-28-11
    Angella Lusby, MD, United States 12-28-11

    Hi! I have a profound love of animals. My all time favorite are dogs.

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    "For the love of DOGS"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    OMG! It was great! I don't even know about racing of any kind and it didn't matter. I love the narrators voice and the story was fabulous!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Enzo!


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

    No I haven't.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All of that and them some.


    Any additional comments?

    I reccomend this book to any lover of dogs. It will give you the most interesting perspectives.

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