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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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    Ashley 10-08-12
    Ashley 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply beautiful."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The fact that this story is told from the perspective of Enzo, a dog, is what made it truly wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its nearly impossible not to love the main character of this book the most, especially if you're a dog owner. In Enzo, Garth Stein expresses what we would all hope our own canine's inner dialogue is like. He's a lovable companion with his own set of flaws and an undying devotion to his family. His character was very well written and its obvious the author put a lot of thought into the psyche of a dog.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He enhances Enzo's personality with his intonation and the emotion in his voice. Christopher Evan Welch did a great job of giving voice to all of the characters and making everything scene appropriate. When they were racing, he spoke excitedly and quickly, when the scene was morose or calm his voice adjusted to fit. He gave a great performance and really brought the book to life.


    If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Enzo of course! And I'd take him out to breakfast and buy him pancakes.


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    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-03-12
    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2013

    I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.

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    "Moved me to tears"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've actually already recommended this book to several friends and family members. Kind of like Jonathon Livingston Seagull blended with The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. This book hits you at many levels and whether you're a dog lover or not, it's going to awaken something in you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, without question, he makes me love my two dogs even more.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book of the last year and I listen to 3-5 books a month with a 25 mile commute each morning and evening. Probably the only downfall was that I was driving for the final chapter, which had me sobbing so hard I had to pull over. This is an absolutely beautifully written and told book. Both the author and the reader really sucked me in and made me think.

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    Pamela Davistown, Australia 09-29-12
    Pamela Davistown, Australia 09-29-12
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    "great read.....I want a dog like Enzo!"

    I loved this book. It gave me a new perspective on the lives of my pets. The family life story got a bit melodramatic but the insights and philosophy of Enzo were amusing and insightful. I have recommended this book to my car racing loving sons and husband.

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    Joe 09-26-12
    Joe 09-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Great book, especially for dog lovers. Well written and narrated. Recommend this book for all "adult" ages and gender.

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    Tori United States 09-25-12
    Tori United States 09-25-12
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    "Heartwrenching at times, but well worth it"

    It may be hard to get through some parts, especially if you really love dogs, but keep going. Wipe your tears and know the smiles will come.

    I love the racing lingo. The author's insight to the car racing culture is entertaining and informative. Actually made communicating with my boyfriend easier.

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    alison glen allen, VA, United States 09-23-12
    alison glen allen, VA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"

    As a dog owner I was prepared to like this book. . . . I more than liked it. Couldn't stop listening! Real characters, believable story, touched my heart.

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    Colleen Calvert 09-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Overrated and sentimental"

    I love dogs and this book started out well. But I found the plot too predictable and the book felt way too sentimental. After a particularly nasty twist in the story (I won't reveal it) I turned it off.

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    Amazon Customer United States 09-18-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unique and entertaining!"

    I started out skeptical, because the premise and layout really isn't my cup of tea, a self-aware dog learning life's lessons through the lens of his owners racecar driving career (ive never cared about the sport)

    But I finished the book in two sittings on a long road trip, and ive gotta say, it was one of my favorites. I really loved it... Give it a shot, especially if you like dogs, and even if you don't care about car racing.

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    Glennis 09-17-12
    Glennis 09-17-12

    Tell us about yourself! Enjoy biographies ,artists, prize winning literature.Enjoy listening to stories while exercising, reading,or when I can't sleep. Some books I have heard parts of several tim es, which isdifferent from reading abook, and really opens my mind to different aspects of characters and the setting.

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    "All animal lover's good read... with a twist."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Oh yes,it has an amazing insight into the mysterious "thinking" of man's best friend the dog!. Lovely story about a man his dog and more..


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The first person is a dog . He has an amazing insight to the characters and situation.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    the human approach and actions compared to those of the silent witness the dog.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

    The dog.


    Any additional comments?

    Possibly a good book to get a young adult animal lover reading.?

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    yorkiemom Atlanta, GA 09-16-12
    yorkiemom Atlanta, GA 09-16-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Not enough words for how wonderful this book is"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me believe in the connection between a dog and his family.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have ever had a beloved pet, do yourself a favor and read this book....I am willing to bet you won't be sorry for a minute spent with Enzo.

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