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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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    Mike Spring Hill, FL, United States 09-15-12
    Mike Spring Hill, FL, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Read! For kids try "Racing In The Rain"."

    Not normally the type of book I read. A friend recommended it to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it and bought it for other friends and family. I was glad to see that another version titled just "Racing in the Rain" was offered that cleaned up some of the only adult related situations so I could pass it on to my kids to read.

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    Leslie Catt 09-13-12
    Leslie Catt 09-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Listened in one day"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    The narration was wonderful. It made the dog become real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, the dog, he had amazing insight.


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

    He gave Enzo a voice and a personality that reading couldn't do.


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

    I would take Denny's wife out to dinner. She needs to know to go to the Dr. and get her final wishes in writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Las Cruces, NM, United States 09-13-12
    Michael Las Cruces, NM, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2016

    Why is it that I cannot get enough Zombie Books?

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    "Wow!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    original voice and Wisdom beyond human. You will understand if you hear it.


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

    Enzo


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

    Wisdom beyond his Dog years


    Any additional comments?

    wonderful read

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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.

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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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  • 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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