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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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    Shelly MERIDEN, KANSAS, United States 02-15-12
    Shelly MERIDEN, KANSAS, United States 02-15-12

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    "Best dog story ever!"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    At first it was because I love labs, then I got to know Enzo and his family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love Enzo has for Denny.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enzo's voice and the frustration he felt with The Zebra.


    If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Enzo of course! Who doesn't want to know what dogs are really thinking :)


    Any additional comments?

    It made me cry...

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    Amazon Customer 02-14-12
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    "Clever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it was ear-catching.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Have you ever wondered what your dog thinks of you?


    Any additional comments?

    I think retrievers are very smart dogs and so does this author. The dogs love to care for their 'people' as Enzo shows us.

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    Deborah New Market, VA, United States 02-14-12
    Deborah New Market, VA, United States 02-14-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    The


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enzo's heart.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He became Enzo - calm, loyal, loving.


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

    I purposely don't do that although I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    brock 02-13-12
    brock 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An astounding author"

    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.

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    Delarg Oceanside, CA 02-13-12
    Delarg Oceanside, CA 02-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "As the owner of 3 yellow labs, a tearjerker."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    Feeling as though I could in turn look into the eyes of my labs and know what they were thinking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The funny stories.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Intonation - knowing when he was sad, happy and a little naughty.


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    Rosanne New Castle, PA, United States 02-13-12
    Rosanne New Castle, PA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The car goes where your eyes go!"

    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.

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    tdr United States 02-13-12
    tdr United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent"

    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.

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    ALLEN Tulsa, OK, United States 02-13-12
    ALLEN Tulsa, OK, United States 02-13-12

    Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    I thought he did a great job and nailed Enzo perfectly.


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Cynthia Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada 02-13-12
    Cynthia Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada 02-13-12
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    "A charming book."

    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.

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    dmac62x 02-13-12
    dmac62x 02-13-12
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    "A good story told from interesting perspective."

    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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