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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

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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    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    This was a great dynamic story with an excellent narrator! Best performance I've heard yet.


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    Andrew Minneapolis, MN, United States 04-20-12
    Andrew Minneapolis, MN, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Jeff WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 04-18-12
    Jeff WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me want to cry, I am very attached to my pets and can understand the feelings in this book.


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    Julia 04-18-12
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    I didn't have very high expectations, but this book turned out to be a very nice surprise. The story is very touching and left me wanting more.

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    Jane Ann McLain PEARLAND, TX, US 04-17-12
    Jane Ann McLain PEARLAND, TX, US 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sweet story of a man and is smart dog"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    How we don't seem to get what animal do. just couldn't put it down


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the dog


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

    great job


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    Stephen Grayslake, IL, United States 04-17-12
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    "A dog lover's tome, Great Book"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene after the hot pepper at "The Twin's" house.


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

    not espcially


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    Adam Young 04-16-12
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    "Great story, perfectly read."
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Life, family, and love


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

    Enzo


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Norwegian kebler Minneapolis, MN 04-16-12
    Norwegian kebler Minneapolis, MN 04-16-12 Member Since 2007

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    "A very emotional, but incredibly good book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was really good and the story itself made you keep listing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing about the life of this family through the eyes and ears of a dog.


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

    No this is the first, but I wil be looking for him.


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    Theblackersheep 04-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Garth Stein and/or Christopher Evan Welch?

    Not based on this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Garth Stein again?

    Not unless I was certain it would be better.


    Did Christopher Evan Welch do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Fairly well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you're a fan of car racing and human drama, then you might like this book more than I did.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Dorothy Lantzville, BC, Canada 04-16-12
    Dorothy Lantzville, BC, Canada 04-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful! I loved it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a fun story with very amusing bits and what seemed to be a real insight into a dogs way of thinking.


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

    I thought the performance top notch!


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    Why rename it?


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