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
The whole story is told from the dog's perspective.
No other book, really. That is what made it such an ejoyable read.
He was easy to listen to.
Most definitely. I am listening to it for the second time and have told others what a good book it is.
Yes, if you are a dog lover and especially dogs like labs you will love this book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
I would listen to this book again because the story was well written. It made me think, laugh, cry and everything in between.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the narratror's performance. I did listen to this book in one sitting while I was traveling. I loved it.
Don't miss this wonderful insight into life's mysteries.
Radical Redhead here to find a few good books to listen to while working.
I really enjoyed how the story seemed to flow well and the humanness of Enzo. Pretty much just Enzo altogether.
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.
I haven't, but I would certainly listen to another. He did a great job, his voice is easy to listen to.
So you think your mascara is really waterproof, huh?
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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