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 love dogs and my husband is into auto racing but this book was more about family and custody battles. It was written well, however I was bored during the meat of the story. The ending was not sad like most 'dog' books and was truely enchanting. Ultimately the last 30 minutes made the whole book 'worth it' though I would not give it a rave review.
I found this very entertaining and I now look at my dog differently. The story was told well and the narration was good. I'm not a race fan but that was ok because the book isn't about racing as I was afraid it might be.
When I saw the title and I first heard that this story was told by the dog, I was a little skeptical. But I was surprised at how very much I did enjoy this book and the more I thought about it afterwards my enjoyment grew. By having the dog tell the story there was no judgement about the circumstances, just acceptance.
A reminder that sometimes what is inside the cover is a well written surprise.
Anger, laughter, tears and just about every other emotion comes into play. I found myself laughing out loud and cursing under my breath with the author's change of focus.
The book starts off a little slow but gets better and better with each new chapter.
I still laugh about Enzo's lament of not having opposable thumbs. Even if you are not a dog lover now you will be after reading this book.
It might make you think about the way you treat your pet.
Ardent reader of history, non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi. Have a lot of audiobooks, but in all honesty, I prefer to read rather than listen. However, my daily hourly walk has become a pleasure with a good audiobook to listen to.
I adored this audiobook. The story, the narrator, just everything .. a real keeper that conveys moving observations and empathy. I find myself regarding my own 4 dogs in a different light after completing this moving book. Brilliant.
Dog lover & book addict.
This is probably the best one so far. I bought it on a whim and fell in love with it. It wasn't even the type of book that I was looking for that day. I have recommended it to more than one person.
My favorite was, of course, the dog. I loved Enzo instantly and constantly!
I'm a dog person. This book made me laugh a lot because I sometimes think my dog thinks this way. This book made me cry as well...more than once. It's a touching story about love and loss (in more than one way). The ending though took the cake. I was boohoo-ing for 15 mins after it ended because Enzo's dream came true! Gosh, what a sap I am!
Listens while running
A friend recommended this, then un-recommended it because of my aversion to sad dog stories. (It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I don't like crying.) I ended up listening to this anyway because the conceit of a dog as narrator pulled me in, and I thought maybe listening would be better than reading on my own. On that count, I was wrong, as this accounted for the second time in recent months I've literally cried while running. My dog, who was running with me, even noticed this time and seemed a bit concerned.
This book is on the surface about a dog who wants to be a man. I think it's about what it means to be human--what it means to be a good human, anyway. If most of us humans could be as observant and wise as Enzo, the world might be a more enjoyable place to live.
The narration is very good; the only thing that bothered me was the voice of a young girl, and I don't think that's easy for any narrator I've heard.
Yes, in the future to re-hear the life lessons and character strenghts contained in the story.
That it was entertaining and yet taught life lessons. We all tend to look at things or people but not really see them for what they really are or what is underneath the surface. Enzo's indepth thoughts on what transpired with his family during his lifetime was very insightful.
Enzo, of course, but also Denny because of his strength of character and always doing the right thing at whatever cost even if it was a harder path to travel on.
That which we manifest is before us.
"That which we manifest is before us", i.e., taking an active roll in creating the direction of our future, is a very good life lesson to learn.
I really didn't think I'd enjoy this book- and to be 100% honest, there were parts in it (you'll see he talks a lot about racing) that were less interesting to me.
Nevertheless, it was just... wonderful. The story-telling was different and refreshing and it definitely strung some chords in my heart. I'm not a huge animal person but I believe that animals have that crazy capacity for love- and in that respect, the book totally resonated with me.
Listen to it. It's not very long and you'll be happy you did.
It was the perfect listen for the 1000 mile drive home. good humour as well as genuine feeling moments
getting into the skin/ mind of the dog.....anyone with a pooch will understand
nice to have a happy ending, even a make believe moment. we all need to step back AND believe.
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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