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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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    Judy 12-11-12
    Judy 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book for audio."

    I enjoyed listening to the book, if I were reading it I would not have liked it as much - too much racing info.
    I would highly recommend this. Great family/dog story.

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    B. K. Garvey Austin, TX 12-06-12
    B. K. Garvey Austin, TX 12-06-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Like a bad chick flick"
    Would you try another book from Garth Stein and/or Christopher Evan Welch?

    No. At least not by the author Garth Stein. The narrator's performance was more than satisfactory.


    Has The Art of Racing in the Rain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know what "this genre" is.


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

    The dog.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Incredulity. Irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    While the world may be full of people so iatrophobic as to suffer death by slow torture rather than visit a doctor, I could not care less about them. Nor could I feel any sympathy for a man willing to stand idly by - for months - watching his wife dying in agony. Such a man cannot be said to "love" his wife, or care about her at all. (In fact, negligent homicide might apply.) Once these basic plot motivators unfolded I stopped reading.

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    Deanna Brown Aho 12-06-12

    disappointed

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    "Wanted to love it..."

    ...but thought it was just okay. There were a few genuinely heartwarming bits, but the story overall wasn't very engaging.

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    Tambra26 Hollister, Ca. 12-05-12
    Tambra26 Hollister, Ca. 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this book."
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I loved that the thoughts Enzone (the dog) human thoughts..that he wanted to comfort others and protect them...seems real enough when you interact with your own pets. When I am sad my pets seem to sense it. I certainly look at them differently since reading this.


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

    When Eve brought him inside from the garage ..because she needed him near. This was really special .....and he loved being needed...


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

    When Enzone wanted to hug his owner...but he couldn't because he had only paws...That was so sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    Very worthwhile. :) and the reader was so soothing... I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela PRATTVILLE, AL, United States 12-05-12
    Pamela PRATTVILLE, AL, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved this listen!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I'm not usually one to relisten, but I would with this one. Very entertaining with the full range of emotion. Besides, who can go wrong with a dog as the main character!


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    OutOfStyle1989 11-30-12 Member Since 2012

    After starting this book adventure based on my long drives, it has become an obsession, a method for relaxation and enjoyment.

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    "Laugh, cried, screamed out loud!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story takes you through the full emotional range. I loved Enzo so much. At one point, I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face (all while driving.) I shared this book with my family and friends. We are all fans! (and amazingly know a little more about racing.)


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    Butch SHERWOOD, AR, United States 11-29-12
    Butch SHERWOOD, AR, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    While. I didn't love it, I enjoyed the story


    Would you recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


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

    I thought he did a great job with pacing and inflection.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karola Guayaquil, Ecuador 11-28-12
    Karola Guayaquil, Ecuador 11-28-12
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    "Loved it,NOT Marley(as some people like to put it)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    I loved having the point of view of a dog, as he got to witness several important moments of his family's life. From a loving, honest and really wise perspective... the perspective of one who cannot talk, but only to watch and listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked Enzo's personality, I thought it was gonna be a sweet puppy kind of dog, but he was really wise, loved, got mad, etc. I loved the complexity of his character.


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

    No, I haven't.


    If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Definitely Enzo.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, got into my "favorites" list. I would like to point that it is not a "Marley" kind of story, as some people tried to put it when I read the reviews: I really liked Marley, but Enzo is a way more complex character, and the problems he and his family go through are WAY harder. I really got to love Enzo, I see my own Jack Russell in a whole new perspective now.

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    zivimzivot 11-25-12
    zivimzivot 11-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not something I'd normally listen to but..."

    this book was fabulous! I'd read the good reviews, but I don't generally have an interest in dogs, or talking dogs for that matter, so I didn't think I'd enjoy the read. Nevertheless, I picked it up during an Audible sale and I'm so grateful. The book is wonderfully written. The characters are honest and loveable and Enzo is truly a dog I grew very fond of during the book. The plot was excellent and there were so many twists and turns at times that when I'd listen in the car, I'd miss exits and make wrong turns constantly because I was so captivated. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a smart, easy, yet heartwarming and intelligent read. Just be careful when driving!

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    MariNana SW Indiana 11-24-12
    MariNana SW Indiana 11-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Captivated by Enzo"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    It was just as good the second time I listened to this book! With a son-in-law who's a NASCAR fan, I loved getting Enzo's insight into the thrill of racing. And the poignancy of the father-daughter story would be almost unbearable without the humor infused by the dog's viewpoint.


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

    (I can't say. You're asking a Garfield fan.)


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

    He brings the characters to life and thoroughly suspends one's disbelief that dogs can think and feel much like we humans.


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

    The story stirs up a deep sadness over man's (well, at least Denny's in-laws') inhumanity to man.It summoned laughter AND tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily give it my recommendation.

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  • The pink one
    2/2/16
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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
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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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