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
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.
The narration was wonderful. It made the dog become real.
Enzo, the dog, he had amazing insight.
He gave Enzo a voice and a personality that reading couldn't do.
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.
I LOVED this book!
Why is it that I cannot get enough Zombie Books?
One of the best
original voice and Wisdom beyond human. You will understand if you hear it.
Wisdom beyond his Dog years
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.
nah, the storytelling itself was a bit tedious and elementary.
he didn't have much to work with, imo, and so can't really criitque his reading, altho his voice was pleasant enough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It touches all the emotions and the narrator - the dog - is brilliant.
Seemingly understanding the emotions of grief
There were several. The sensitivity of the story is outstanding.
A great escape from the world which is increasingly focused on power and consumption.
Yes, I have recommended this audiobook. I thought it was creatively written and very relatable.
I loved this book?
Yes! Enzo has given me valuable tips for driving my 8 cylinder rear wheel car in the rain.
"I saw a video of dogs in Mongolia..." The hope of reincarnation.
No, but I loved the tenor and expression of his voice.
Have been recommending to dog loving friends, car racing friends and friends who have lost loved ones.
The dog's thinking and witty lines.
Oh, his voice and humor added so much! He got into that dog's body.
The love of the dog for his master .
Just get it and listen with a fellow dog lover. You'll laugh and cry together.
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.
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.
"An all-time favourite!"
Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.
It is in a clas of its own.
No, but I will look out for him.
Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.
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.
"The dog tells it as it is .."
I am sure the audio book is better than the printed book. It makes the story come very much to life.
I loved the book throughout. My inner child love the idea of the dog telling the story.
I loved the reincarnation towards the end.
A must read for animal lovers.
"Best accidental find... Ever"
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.
"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).
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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