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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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    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 09-03-12
    Debra EAU CLAIRE, WI, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A definite Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The whole story is told from the dog's perspective.


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

    No other book, really. That is what made it such an ejoyable read.


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

    He was easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most definitely. I am listening to it for the second time and have told others what a good book it is.


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    Fred Tempe, AZ, United States 09-02-12
    Fred Tempe, AZ, United States 09-02-12
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    "Amazing book but so sad."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you are a dog lover and especially dogs like labs you will love this book.


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

    All


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    MELISSA Airdrie, AB, Canada 08-29-12
    MELISSA Airdrie, AB, Canada 08-29-12
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    "Great Story!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my first audiobook and I can only hope that the rest are as enjoyable. As an avid reader, I'm used to flipping pages faster as I get enthralled in a book. As I became engrossed in this dog tale, I found myself looking for spare moments to keep listening. A well written story, I could envision Enzo clearly and could empathize with him wholeheartedly. I enjoyed Garth Stein, as narrator. They made a great first impression of Audible, and I will be looking for more titles from the author and narrator.

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    Chris 08-28-12
    Chris 08-28-12
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    "Moving, reflective, touching"

    My sister-in-law recommended this book. I was immediately engrossed with the story and the main character. Having a dog myself and often noting that she seems to understand what I am saying and responds with her own opinions when fielding my questions I could easily relate to Enso. I laughed, cried, expressed anger, disgust, and smiled while listening to this book. It was easy to identify with the characters and to feel their emotions through the authors words and the narrators performance.I love to read and find it very difficult to put books down once I start; listening allows we to do what I love while accomplishing what I need to do. The narrator performed wonderfully with expression and emphasis throughout the story. I would listen to this story again and will search for other stories narrated by Mr. Welch.

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    Tara 08-27-12
    Tara 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    when I purchased this book I thought it would be different. The twists and turns in the book kept me intrigued. The storyline really made me think about people, and what they will do to get their own way. Its a great read/listen.


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

    When Enzo too off running as far as he could go (my dog does this) to release his frusterations. Interesting point of view from the dogs persepective.


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

    Patience.


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    john hagerstown, MD, United States 08-22-12
    john hagerstown, MD, United States 08-22-12
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    "Incredible any one who owns a dog a must"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I was moved from the beginning, I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I have read many books and audible alike but this book, though audible was incredible. I loved it from start to finish.


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    Jennifer fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12
    Jennifer fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Exploring the world one book at a time.

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    "A beautiful story of Man, dog and life"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    I believe that this book is a great read for all who enjoy stories of struggle and triumph. The story is told through the eyes of a dog, but one that is so human like, at times I found myself enjoying the closeness to humanity that he shared. The story comes with tears, laughter, and though provoking moments that will stay with the reader for a long time. The narrator's cadence was perfect, and in my humble opinion was one of the best I've heard in a long time.


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

    Yes, the author does a good job making the reader think about the issues that are brought up in the book. Regardless of the issue, family, friends, death, life, birth, triumph, struggling, etc, they are easy to relate to. The issues are brought on an easily accessible platform.


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    Lori United States 08-20-12
    Lori United States 08-20-12
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    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because the story was well written. It made me think, laugh, cry and everything in between.


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

    One of the most memorable moments was when Enzo was protecting (in his own mind) the dying wife from death. It brought me to tears.


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

    Enzo was my favorite character. Enzo is looking back at his life and recall the lessons he has learned. Stein's ability to show Enzo as a thoughtful, almost human character is what makes the book so appealing. Enzo the dog relates his beliefs / lessons about life to what Denny has taught him about expert racing and it all fits together beautifully.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed the narratror's performance. I did listen to this book in one sitting while I was traveling. I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this wonderful insight into life's mysteries.

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    RadicalRed South Lyon, MI, United States 08-17-12
    RadicalRed South Lyon, MI, United States 08-17-12

    Radical Redhead here to find a few good books to listen to while working.

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    "A must read for any pet lover!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed how the story seemed to flow well and the humanness of Enzo. Pretty much just Enzo altogether.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really got into how Enzo viewed the world and how he interacted with people to help them with their emotions. You can't help but think of your pets' having the same thoughts after listening to this book.


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

    I haven't, but I would certainly listen to another. He did a great job, his voice is easy to listen to.


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

    So you think your mascara is really waterproof, huh?


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    LINDA Iowa City, IA, United States 08-15-12
    LINDA Iowa City, IA, United States 08-15-12
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    "I know dogs think just like Enzo."

    Buddy my morkie has become my chemo buddy. He is so gentle and comforting. Looking for a happy successful outcome with a long full life.

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