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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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    J. United States 09-12-12
    J. United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "sadly, i don't know what the fuss is about..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Garth Stein? Why or why not?

    nah, the storytelling itself was a bit tedious and elementary.


    What aspect of Christopher Evan Welch’s performance would you have changed?

    he didn't have much to work with, imo, and so can't really criitque his reading, altho his voice was pleasant enough.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    no.

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    Stephanie United States 09-12-12
    Stephanie United States 09-12-12
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    "Fantastic."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ashley Los Angeles, CA 09-10-12
    Ashley Los Angeles, CA 09-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Fantastic. Just get it."

    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.

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    Barbara Cail Australia 09-10-12
    Barbara Cail Australia 09-10-12
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    "For people who love dogs - great experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It touches all the emotions and the narrator - the dog - is brilliant.


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

    Seemingly understanding the emotions of grief


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

    Excellent


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

    There were several. The sensitivity of the story is outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    A great escape from the world which is increasingly focused on power and consumption.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DLaraway ALBANY, NY, United States 09-09-12
    DLaraway ALBANY, NY, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Race in the Rain"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended this audiobook. I thought it was creatively written and very relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie West Chester, PA, United States 09-08-12
    Marjorie West Chester, PA, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Enzo is so wise!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes! Enzo has given me valuable tips for driving my 8 cylinder rear wheel car in the rain.


    What did you like best about this story?

    "I saw a video of dogs in Mongolia..." The hope of reincarnation.


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

    No, but I loved the tenor and expression of his voice.


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

    Sobbed!


    Any additional comments?

    Have been recommending to dog loving friends, car racing friends and friends who have lost loved ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reader Book Texas 09-08-12
    Reader Book Texas 09-08-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Dog lovers will love it."
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    The dog's thinking and witty lines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog.


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

    Oh, his voice and humor added so much! He got into that dog's body.


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

    The love of the dog for his master .


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it and listen with a fellow dog lover. You'll laugh and cry together.

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    Genevieve United States 09-06-12
    Genevieve United States 09-06-12
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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Very engaging experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inspiring theme - courage, perseverance, dignity carried with some suspense, touching emotion and real class.


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

    Great reader. Caught each character really well.


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

    Neither, but moved my heart and intrigued my brain.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done all around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janace Amarillo, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Janace Amarillo, TX, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Not cheesy as one reviewer said"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, heartwarming perspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog of course


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

    No


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

    When the dog realized how sick his owner's wife was...and when he made the move to console her by simply being near


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    Corinne Brookine, MA, United States 09-04-12
    Corinne Brookine, MA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The story was amazing. The narrator made it even better!


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

    The crows. Thumbs.


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

    Absolutely! He captured Enzo to perfection.


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

    Enzo can't tell what he knows.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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