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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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    Karen Napa, CA, United States 12-09-11
    Karen Napa, CA, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best stories ever!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Definitely. Just a wonderful, heart warming story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo...of course. He was a very wise dog...but then what dog isn't?


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

    Can't remember, but he was very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending when the little boy says his name is Enzo....wonderful! Enzo said he would come back as a human and he did!


    Any additional comments?

    No, just a great book.

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    Lin Toronto, ON, Canada 12-08-11
    Lin Toronto, ON, Canada 12-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting perspective, a dog's eye view"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    This was a good story, but I could have done without the formula one references. The narration from the dog was believable. One listen was enough for me, but my son would love it.


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    Kate Bagoy Portland, OR 12-06-11
    Kate Bagoy Portland, OR 12-06-11 Member Since 2015

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    "So Sweet"

    Great story about life with wonderful characters and heartbreaking moments. Overall leaves you with a good feeling, although I got choked up a few times. Highly recommend, particularly if you are a dog lover.

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    Spete Hendersonville, TN, United States 12-01-11
    Spete Hendersonville, TN, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    This book is written from the point of view of the dog. The dog's insights into his human family and their problems were hilarious and at other times quite poignant. Dog lovers will like this book. If a listener is looking for a comedy, this isn't it. The reading was well done, and the story superb.

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    D. Johnson Raleigh NC 11-29-11
    D. Johnson Raleigh NC 11-29-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Creative,entertaining book with insight, feeling"

    It's such a novel concept to have the dog narrate the entire story. There were more words about racing and racers than I would have expected, but I suppose that was necessary to describe the focus and perception the dog and owner shared. Some aspects took a little too long to develop or resolve for me -- such as the legal case, but that didn't detract too much from the flow of the book. I liked the "life lessons" that came through the book, and I probably wouldn't have minded more -- especially when they're delivered by the dog. I have recommended the book to many others. Probably those with dogs (now or previously) will find it easier to imagine the story-telling by the dog in this case.

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    Robert Fort Worth, TX 11-29-11
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 11-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Wonderful Surprise."

    I had no Idea what to expect when I downloaded this book. I'd heard a snippet of an interview of the author on the radio and thought it might be an interesting story. I was blown away. It touched every emotion. I could not stop listening!

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    Antonella Hitchin, United Kingdom 11-29-11
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    "fantastic!"

    wonderful story, narrated perfectly. Pulled at my heart strings for so many reasons. The emotions described are so realistic and the successful racer's mindset is described so well. Will purchase the book to gift to friends. Thank you! :)

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    MONA ELMHURST, NY, United States 11-28-11
    MONA ELMHURST, NY, United States 11-28-11

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    "Through the eyes of a dog's mind -n- world, Enzo"

    Through the eyes of a dog's mind -n- world, this narrative story has humored my senses. As well, Enzo has captured my heart.

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    Carl 11-23-11
    Carl 11-23-11
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    "Excellent!"

    I got this book as a result of my wife's and her friend's recommendations. I wasn't sure if it would be a good "guy's book." I listened in the car on a long trip and I remained riveted and involved all the way. The narrator is great and the content is unusually structured and excellent.

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    Kevin 11-23-11
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    "Love Conquers!"

    A very touching and sometimes heartbreaking story - told from the dog's almost human viewpoint. The ending is very emotional, and even though you can easily anticipate the surprise finale, it still is a heartwarming finish to a great story. The performance is exceptionally well presented.

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  • Bluebells and Daffodils
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    7/20/15
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    "An all-time favourite!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to, and why?

    It is in a clas of its own.


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

    No, but I will look out for him.


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

    Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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.

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  • 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

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