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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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    Jim Grace 10-16-10
    Jim Grace 10-16-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Enzo rocks!"

    I absolutely loved Enzo! This was a very, very enjoyable read. I'm not actually a fan of racing but cheered for Denny throughout the book. Well read by Christopher Welch.

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    Eric Z USA 10-13-10
    Eric Z USA 10-13-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Dog lovers must read this book"

    If you are a dog lover, you must read this book. Some fellow car enthusiasts turned me on to this book as I loved my dog as much as I enjoyed watching Indy racing. The author does a great job telling the story from the dog's (Enzo) point of view. Be prepared for a few tears followed by loud laughter as you listen to this story.

    I'm only give the story 4 stars because although it is good, it's not "the greatest story ever told" (and I couldn't give it a 1/2 star :-)

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    Amazon Customer Connecticut 09-30-10
    Amazon Customer Connecticut 09-30-10 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Woof, Woof... Zoom, Zoom"

    The Art of Racing in the Rain does not fall within my usual Audible genre, but being a dog lover, I am so glad that I took a chance on this wonderful listen. The writer's portrayal of Enzo was absolutely brilliant. This dog's understanding of the complexities of the world and human nature was beautifully expressed.

    This was one of the best listens of the year, and also my first listen to Christopher Evan Welch as a narrator... He, too, added greatly to the beauty, pace, and comfort of this book.

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    landinbama 09-24-10
    landinbama 09-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Can't get it out of my mind!"

    I loved this book. I found the title through a review from another book and out of curiosity decided to try it. I often rate books on how the characters stay with me long after they are over. Would I immediately pick the book up again just because I can't stop thinking about the characters? This book has staying power. It is told with heart and joy, the narration is wonderful. You may need a box of tissues in some parts and you'll laugh out loud at others. Thanks to the reviewers who sent me this way!

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    Clara Wexford, Ireland 09-18-10
    Clara Wexford, Ireland 09-18-10
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    "Fantastic book- I'm going to read it again!"

    I never, ever read books again but this book will be a very happy exception.

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    Izzy 09-16-10
    Izzy 09-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent book and story"

    If you enjoy racing or high performance driving, or like dogs, this is a great book. One of my favorites and I highly recommend it. The only con I can find is the stupid muzak between some chapters, unnecessary.

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    Helen Austin Texas 09-15-10
    Helen Austin Texas 09-15-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Doggone Great!"

    This is a beautifully written book about more than a cute dog on the cover. The dog is Enzo whose life is told through his eyes and his love for his owner Denny. The creativity of narrating a dogs thoughts and sharing such real world pain is very touching. It is a story of Triumph Over Tragedy. Along the way you will need a box of kleenex because you will become a part of Enzo's world and tragedy strikes his home. If you like fast cars or car racing you will enjoy hearing about Denny's job as a race instructor and driver. This is a book about dreams, and far too much reality that make the absurd nature of the book feel sweet. The narration was perfect.

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    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 09-15-10
    Donna Westminister, CA, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read"

    I loved the book. The only thing I could have done without was the music, but, having said that I could not hold it against the impact it had.... I will never look at my dog the same way.

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    Cynthia Altamonte Springs, FL, United States 09-13-10
    Cynthia Altamonte Springs, FL, United States 09-13-10
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    "Great book!"

    I am amazed at the details given by Enzo during the entire read. So many emotions, happiness, sadness, anger so well depicted. It is one of the best reads of this year as the dog tells his entire life story and that of his family and their infinite bond with their dog.
    Recommend it to all animal lovers!!!

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    Linvel McKeesport, PA, United States 09-04-10
    Linvel McKeesport, PA, United States 09-04-10
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    "Opposable Thumbs for All Dogs!"

    I haven't finished this book yet, but I will be by Monday, I'm sure. I love the narrator's voice (he sounds a little like John Cusack to me which is great). And I love Enzo the dog. He has some very insightful thoughts about life, love, death. And there is humor in the telling, not necessarily LOL kind of humor always, but humor that is warm and true and brings a big grin to your face.

    There are lessons to be learned from this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • A User
    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.

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  • Julie
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    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.

    0 of 0 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.

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  • Ms
    Bedlington, United Kingdom
    7/3/11
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    "Art of racing in the rain"

    This is the best book I have read in a very very long time thoroughly enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
    5/7/10
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    "Very moving"

    This story made me cry.... Am I just soppy or can an writer just sometimes write so well that you forget you are listening to fiction . I challenge anyone who has owned and mourned the loss of the family pet not to be moved by this storey . If you liked Marley and Me by John Grogan you really should listen to this the twist is this gem is written from the point of view of Enzo who is the family dog. Listen and enjoy just keep the tissues handy for the end .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thierry
    United Kingdom
    5/26/09
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    "Enjoy the ride and stop being cynical...."

    I utterely disagree with the previous review. This book is a masterpiece which gently, but very surely, captivate your imagination and after 30 minutes, become impossible to stop listening to. I am a 46 years old man "tough" with tatooes and all. "Marley and me", moved me, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" made me cry as well as laugh. Not only because it was about one dog, but also because it was about the trials of life of his "friend", not JUST about a dog. Brilliant. The only criticism, if I may, is that I now have started to have conversations with my two labradors!

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