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
At first it was because I love labs, then I got to know Enzo and his family.
The love Enzo has for Denny.
Enzo's voice and the frustration he felt with The Zebra.
Enzo of course! Who doesn't want to know what dogs are really thinking :)
It made me cry...
I would recommend this book because it was ear-catching.
Have you ever wondered what your dog thinks of you?
I think retrievers are very smart dogs and so does this author. The dogs love to care for their 'people' as Enzo shows us.
He became Enzo - calm, loyal, loving.
I purposely don't do that although I could have.
I found thebetrayal of the mother by her parents for her child and husband horrid and it touched a nerve that has not left me.
This is an amazing book, The author must be one of the most intuitive writers I have ever listened too. Not only do I not find any fault in this book, I think it must be pretty close to the perfect novel.So many different facets of this book make it a good read, for example I really enjoyed the dogs incite into disease, as well as the information about auto racing, family law, and redemption. Great book! I would recommend it to anyone wholeheartedly.
Feeling as though I could in turn look into the eyes of my labs and know what they were thinking.
The funny stories.
Intonation - knowing when he was sad, happy and a little naughty.
This was a very entertaining listen. Interesting and funny and I think my eyes got really big and my mouth dropped open at one point. Also made my blood boil at a few points.
Excellent story... from a unique point of view. Well done reading performance and the story kept me reading (listening) at each turn - literally.
The title may seem specific to racing or driving fans, yet if you are a fan of philosophy, as well as one who appreciates metaphors to describe a life defining story, this may be of interest.
Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.
The story was told from a dog's perspective in the first person which is a novel approach. Whether you are an animal lover or not, you will enjoy hearing a different viewpoint.
How everything in life relates to your living experience and how you need to apply certain principles to apply them to allow the best chance of success.
I thought he did a great job and nailed Enzo perfectly.
Both - the humor used by the writer is quite funny, and the sad parts, well, let's just say you had better have a box of tissues handy, especially when you get to the end of the book
I would rank this book in the top 5 of all books I have either read or listened to which have been many. I listened to this while taking my dog on her daily walk which seemed to make the experience even more real for me. The ending is perhaps the best I have ever come across. I consider this book a MUST READ - I promise you will not be disappointed.
Enjoyed listening to this book. Loved the character of the protaganist and his views on the proper place of dogs in the order of things. Would recommend.
I was not sure what to expect, from a story told from the perspective of a dog, but was pleasantly surprised. The storyline was engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dog lovers will be particularly amused, but it is a great read for anyone.
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