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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    Coolest Kate 11-13-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "A great twist on a Dog Story!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Enzo is having the best adventure a dog could have with his race car driving owner Danny.. Enzo is smart and a true 'racing' dog and is the pit crew for Danny's unfolding life. Full of twists and turns, this is a great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending


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

    His pacing and style were excellent additions to an already great story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Enzo encounters the zebra, I thought I was going to fall off the bed laughing.


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    Amazon Customer Somerset, MA, United States 11-12-12
    Amazon Customer Somerset, MA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Lessons To Be Learned"
    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 book but through the audio version I felt as I could almost hear what my own dogs would be say to me if I only listened. I have an 11 year old mutt whose health is failing who has been a loyal and lovable companion who has taught me many of life's lesson. Reading THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN was comforting as I do feel animals can communicate with humans. So, the many conversations that Laverne and I have had about her health, what she means to me and how I promise to be there for her till the end- don't seem so ridiculous now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the book besides the dog's point of view on human behavior, I enjoyed the analogies between the art of racing and the art of living. It was a great read. I'm sure I will reread it at some point.


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

    No, this book was the first.


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

    It made me both laugh and cry. I found the dog's description of his owner's romance especially entertaining. Having had 3 dogs who lived 12+ years and then leave me- I felt the sadness made me quite emotional.


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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 11-12-12
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A dog's view of a family's journey."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version. I cannot imagine the print version to be more entertaining. The reader brought so much gravitas and wisdom to the dog, Enzo.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to and why?

    Traveller, the story of the American civil war through the eyes of Robert E. Lee's horse. This story is told by a dog. His take on the situations and people is very "dog-like". But the story is that of a family facing very human situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to pick one favorite scene. Perhaps when Denny took Enzo for a ride in the formula 1 race car. Enzo loved it so much.


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

    I love the title, would not change it.


    Any additional comments?

    Dog lovers, especially those who have been blessed with a long and loving relationship with a four legged friend, will really enjoy this book. Life can be hard and people often respond to it in ways that hurt others. A good dog will willingly share the load and the road.

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    lucky clover 11-12-12

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    "couldn't put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator was enthralling.


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

    First


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

    It made me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I became a part of the family from the first page.

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    Kindle Customer Pampas Circle 11-10-12
    Kindle Customer Pampas Circle 11-10-12

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    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my first and only so far


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    It's got to be when Enzo communicated to Denny's father-in-law his true feelings as only a dog can.


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

    Enzo the dog.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Denny came face to face with the severity of Eve's illness and the thought that if only he had overcome her resistance to medical care sooner. It was a harsh flashback for me because I had a similar crisis in my life.


    Any additional comments?

    Enzo's story was different from what I expected, because I expected it to be lighter and simpler. I was thinking little Timmy would fall down a well behind the old Johnson place and the dog would use his special senses to rescue him, like Lassie. I'm glad it wasn't that. Enzo was very human in his observations and compassion. His frustration with his inability to speak and his lack of dexterity was the limitation that separated him from the people in his life. The solution wasn't a matter of chasing and fetching or barking and biting. It was about his connection to Denny and how he communicated across it.

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    inell indianapolis, IN, United States 11-05-12
    inell indianapolis, IN, United States 11-05-12

    Became an audible listener after eye problems prevented me from reading. Audio books has truly changed my life.

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    "A good listen for those looking for a pick-me-up."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, this book is made for listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    When Zoe stayed with Eve during the beginning of her illness.


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

    Never listened to Mr. Welch perform, however his performance was great!


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

    The author. He did a wonderful job for those of us that need audio books.


    Any additional comments?

    I have found myself listening to this book over and over again.It is really a good listen.

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    UnderScore404 11-05-12
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    The perspective in which this book is written alone is enough to love this read. The story is heartbreaking, uplifting, and real.

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    Pink lady 11-05-12
    Pink lady 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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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?

    This story was hard to read in one way since I had a yellow lab just a few years ago who was over 13. I smiled when I related how she could have talked and thought just like this lab. Loved the dog's personality but cried at the tough parts of the book because I did relate so well. Was glad I read the book in the end even though I thought I might have to put it down in the beginning. One of those books I might even go back and read again just for the dog's great comments. I did not read the print version, but enjoyed hearing this book just a get a glimpse of the dog's personality.


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    Janet Butler, PA, United States 11-05-12
    Janet Butler, PA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a bad listen."

    Certainly not one of my favorite books, but it's not bad. If you're looking for a story as told by a dog, I certainly preferred "A Dogs Purpose". But I did like the characters in this story and enjoyed listening to it. I feel like I learned some lessons about positive attittudes and how to endure thru the toughest of times. If I was a big fan of race cars, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

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    Bruce Missoula, MT, United States 11-03-12
    Bruce Missoula, MT, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Enzo is my hero"

    My wife had recommended this book and I admit I was initially put off by the title, not being a racing fan, but I think that this was one of the most enjoyable books I have recently read (listened to actually). Being a dog person, I enjoyed seeing the world through our best friends eyes. I especially loved the sidebars of lists and explanations provided by Enzo. I found myself laughing out loud as I listened alone in my car. Also, I agreed with many of Enzo's insights. This book reminded me of another favorite, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and while not quite the same, equally enjoyable. Even now knowing the story, I will listen to it again.

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