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The Art of Racing in the Rain | [Garth Stein]

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. 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.
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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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    Amazon Customer San Antonio 02-13-11
    Amazon Customer San Antonio 02-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    This book is a great listen. I laughed, I cried, and I pondered life. One cannot ask for a more complete experience.

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    Renee Towson, MD, United States 02-11-11
    Renee Towson, MD, United States 02-11-11
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    "A "listen" for all Dog Lover's....."

    What a great story and narrated so well. This will definately be a book that I will go back and listen to again.

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    Barb Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11
    Barb Wasilla, AK, United States 02-06-11
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    "Dog books :( :("

    A good dog book will always bring out the emotion in me..... and this is one of them. I really enjoyed this book. Narration was spot on as well.

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    Carolyn Jonesboro, GA, United States 02-02-11
    Carolyn Jonesboro, GA, United States 02-02-11 Member Since 2013

    I AM A RETIRED EDUCATOR.....I LIVE IN JONESBORO, GEORGIA.....I HAVE 3 DOGS AND 6 CATS.....

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    "Way to go Enzo!"

    This book was a good read...I think a book is GREAT when it brings out all of your emotions...this one did. The dog, Enzo was superb! It was sad in a lot of ways...and sometimes it made me feel down because of what the characters were going through.....but the story line tied in to make a happy ending.

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    Amazon Customer United States 01-31-11
    Amazon Customer United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    Excellent book! Very entertaining. I highly recommend this book for everyone who has ever had a best friend of the canine persuasion.

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    Suzanne Becker MORRISON, CO, US 01-27-11
    Suzanne Becker MORRISON, CO, US 01-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Book"

    This book will take you through all of your emotions. It had my attention from the beginning and never lost it. You will fall in love with both the human, Denny and the dog. It is a heart warming story that makes you stop and think about your own life. You are sure to enjoy it! It has become one of my favorites!

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    Tracy Lake Charles, LA, United States 01-27-11
    Tracy Lake Charles, LA, United States 01-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful story"

    amazing from start to finish...so sad it's over! a beautiful story. If you like this book you would most likely enjoy "A Dog's Purpose" as well.

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    Tina 01-24-11
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    "unbelivably poignant"

    I can"t say much more - a really incredible story. Told from a dog's perspective - what could be better?

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    BK 01-24-11
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    "Great but very sad"

    This was an excellent listen, but as others have said, VERY sad, often leaving me with a blue feeling after listening. But the dog, Enzo, his voice and perspective make it worthwhile. This would not be good for kids, or maybe even younger teens.

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    Mitchell Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-23-11
    Mitchell Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Too absorbing"

    I loved this book. As narrator, the dog does a great job. And it's only gets in the way at first, Then you get used to it. I was completely taken by the book. It's a book about a family, and uses car racing as a metaphor on life. A funny thing happened while I was driving. I missed two, not one but two exits on the interstate while on a business trip. It was worth it! I got to listen even longer that morning. I recommend this. Read it to find out why "your car goes where your eyes go."

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