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
This is my favorite narrative audio book I've listened to so far. The performance is really well done, and the story is so captivating. Telling the story from the dog's perspective is makes for a really great and entertaining story.
I don't know that I would consider it better, but I found it easier to listen to this story than to have to try and read it. My wife started the printed version and has yet to finish, but I have been able to complete this without much problem.
The book made me want to cry, I am very attached to my pets and can understand the feelings in this book.
How we don't seem to get what animal do. just couldn't put it down
This book was a great selection for an audiobook. The narration truly gives a unique voice to the protagonist, and the emotions the story elicits, while contrived at times, convey what all of us as dog lover's have thought for years.
The scene after the hot pepper at "The Twin's" house.
Life, family, and love
Enzo. We live the story of this families lives through his eyes. He has the heart of a human trapped inside a dogs body. There are points in the story where Enzo is not privileged to the entire story due to the fact that he is a dog and not allowed to enter buildings, the frustation that he has by this is evident in the gaps of his knowledge about several situations.
I was not sure what to expect when I purchased this book. It has gotten great reviews but I was not sure about the entire story being told by the dog. I'm glad I purchased this story, it was well read and thoughtfully written. It has tragity, love and life all wrapped into one emotional story.
The narrator was really good and the story itself made you keep listing.
Hearing about the life of this family through the eyes and ears of a dog.
No this is the first, but I wil be looking for him.
Not based on this book.
Not unless I was certain it would be better.
If you're a fan of car racing and human drama, then you might like this book more than I did.
I love dogs, but Enzo's character didn't do much for me. I was also expecting a more dog-centric book than this one turned out to be. Had I read more about the book before buying it, I might have passed on it, especially as I don't care for car racing in general. I also found myself asking why use a dog as a narrator at all if that dog is more human than dog? This book just wasn't my thing.
I have not read the print version.
It was a fun story with very amusing bits and what seemed to be a real insight into a dogs way of thinking.
I thought the performance top notch!
Why rename it?
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