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
not particularly. found it a bit tedious, a nice little fable about a family's life, told from the dog's point of view, but the dog's point of view was the most notable thing about it. any dog-lover or one who has lived with a dog already knows these "insights" brought to us through his telling.
nah, the storytelling itself was a bit tedious and elementary.
he didn't have much to work with, imo, and so can't really criitque his reading, altho his voice was pleasant enough.
Absolutely. This was a truly unexpected gem of a tale and Christopher Welch really understands the narrators inner world. The writing and narration go perfectly together.
The narrator's point of view is wonderfully unique. He is full of the insights and wisdom that come from being a "Zen" like observer of those around him; as well as the fallibility and emotional impulsivity of interacting with our loved ones on a daily basis.
This is a story that lingers. It is a wonderfully and painfully human story about love, family, healing, and the power of keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead.
I had never heard of the book before I came across it on audible.com. I love everything about this story and the way the book is read.
It touches all the emotions and the narrator - the dog - is brilliant.
Seemingly understanding the emotions of grief
There were several. The sensitivity of the story is outstanding.
A great escape from the world which is increasingly focused on power and consumption.
Yes, I have recommended this audiobook. I thought it was creatively written and very relatable.
I loved this book?
Yes! Enzo has given me valuable tips for driving my 8 cylinder rear wheel car in the rain.
"I saw a video of dogs in Mongolia..." The hope of reincarnation.
No, but I loved the tenor and expression of his voice.
Have been recommending to dog loving friends, car racing friends and friends who have lost loved ones.
The dog's thinking and witty lines.
Oh, his voice and humor added so much! He got into that dog's body.
The love of the dog for his master .
Just get it and listen with a fellow dog lover. You'll laugh and cry together.
Very engaging experience.
Inspiring theme - courage, perseverance, dignity carried with some suspense, touching emotion and real class.
Great reader. Caught each character really well.
Neither, but moved my heart and intrigued my brain.
Well done all around!
Interesting, heartwarming perspective
The dog of course
When the dog realized how sick his owner's wife was...and when he made the move to console her by simply being near
The story was amazing. The narrator made it even better!
The crows. Thumbs.
Absolutely! He captured Enzo to perfection.
Enzo can't tell what he knows.
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