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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    T Evansville, IN, United States 06-25-12
    T Evansville, IN, United States 06-25-12
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    "Barely reached my expectations for entertainment."

    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.

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    Jarvis Peterson 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved it!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Susanne 06-25-12
    Susanne 06-25-12

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    "Unexpected, surprising, good"

    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.

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    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-24-12
    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 06-24-12
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    "A wide range of emotions for the reader."

    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.

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    Wilde Rain 06-23-12
    Wilde Rain 06-23-12

    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.

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    "Compassionate and thought-provoking"

    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.

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    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 06-20-12
    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 06-20-12

    Dog lover & book addict.

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    "One of THE BEST books I've heard in a long time..."
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    My favorite was, of course, the dog. I loved Enzo instantly and constantly!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Amazon Customer 06-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Listens while running

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    "Deeply moving"

    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.

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    Julie DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 06-18-12
    Julie DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it! Contained life lessons but entertaining."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes, in the future to re-hear the life lessons and character strenghts contained in the story.


    What did you like best about this 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.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    That which we manifest is before us.


    Any additional comments?

    "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.

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    Maria Lachine, Quebec, Canada 06-14-12
    Maria Lachine, Quebec, Canada 06-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Oddly wonderful"

    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.

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    indigo 06-11-12
    indigo 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little magic, fantasy and reality check"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the perfect listen for the 1000 mile drive home. good humour as well as genuine feeling moments


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    getting into the skin/ mind of the dog.....anyone with a pooch will understand


    Any additional comments?

    nice to have a happy ending, even a make believe moment. we all need to step back AND believe.

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    "Enchanting story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann & Jim Parr
    10/12/15
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    "brilliant book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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  • Bluebells and Daffodils
    U.K.
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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