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
Zebras are evil.
I love my dog and enjoyed this venture into a dog's mind, thoughts, feelings, wishes, concerns.
Enzo tied in place in the race car, loving the speed of the car.
Enzo's health failing, his own awareness of that and he was still trying to make it easy for Mitch.
I love this book! I have never shed tears listening to audiobooks. But this one got me. I can also pictured Enzo in my mind. I love how the characters came to life through Christopher's narration.
The entire book was moving.
I had a hard time putting this book down. I listened to it on my daily commutes to work and wanted to keep driving around so I could continue listening to the story. Once of the best books I've 'read' in a very long time.
Parts of the story were not believable. I wanted to shake the characters. I was disappointed overall in the plot.. I did enjoy the narrator . Janet
The huge ratings of the book engaged me to read it. It was entertaining but I expected more. The insights were good but nothing was unexpected. If you read the read the review to purchase the book, it's exactly that.
This was a very enjoyable book. It's a great story of triumph and perseverance from the perspctive of a dog. The narration was excellent.
This is at the same time an entertaining, gripping and spiritual story told from a dog's perspective. Follow how Enzo, the dog, and his master Denny (+ his family) are living through challenging times. Hear what Enzo is thinking and wishes he could communicate. A true love story to dogs (I'm not even a dog person!) and a wise, encouraging, tale about life.
Good story but not amazing. I do like the writing from the view point of the dog but that's about it. Supposed to be an uplifting account of dealing with multiple struggles but I still found the redemption a little depressing...
That it was a story involving a dog but was NOT a dog story. I waited amost a year because I was sure it was a dog story. I like dogs but not interested in reading/listening to a Dog Story. I loved the way the dog told the story.
The Dog, because of the way he was used in the book.
Good Book, Read it.
"An all-time favourite!"
Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.
It is in a clas of its own.
No, but I will look out for him.
Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.
I loved this book when I first read it, and I enjoyed it all over again, even more, when I listened to it. Highly recommended.
"The dog tells it as it is .."
I am sure the audio book is better than the printed book. It makes the story come very much to life.
I loved the book throughout. My inner child love the idea of the dog telling the story.
I loved the reincarnation towards the end.
A must read for animal lovers.
"Best accidental find... Ever"
I would, and have recommended this to friends and family and local book club. It might be a story through a dog's eyes but its a great study of characters and events.
"very enjoyable - beautifully written and read"
A light-hearted, beautifully written book. Loved the way this dog views the world. Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it (and didn't find the end part weird despite comments to the contrary).
One of the best books I have read for a long time, especially if you are a dog lover, I could see myself as the dog, and I could see my dog in the book also.
This is a great listen with lots of clever observational detail and a cracking storyline.It is very moving in parts without being too "syrupy"-I bet you will be looking at your beloved mutt in a different way!
Really enjoyed it- but what was the court room Steven Hawkins thing about??-I'm afraid this really jarred with me-was the author looking for a way out?
Still good stuff, though,if you've got an elderly,wobbly much loved dog,be prepared to shed a tear or two.
"The art of racing...."
Oh my god, what a book. The narrator is splendid. I didnt know what to expect when this story commenced. It is very very special.
"So happy that this narrator was chosen"
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed indeed savoured the printed book, I was a bit nervous about paying for an audio version in case it was a let-down.
I need not have worried. The narrator does a superb job and is utterly convincing as Enzo, and I didn't want my listening time to end.
I can totally recommend this audiobook.
"Art of racing in the rain"
This is the best book I have read in a very very long time thoroughly enjoyed it
This story made me cry.... Am I just soppy or can an writer just sometimes write so well that you forget you are listening to fiction . I challenge anyone who has owned and mourned the loss of the family pet not to be moved by this storey . If you liked Marley and Me by John Grogan you really should listen to this the twist is this gem is written from the point of view of Enzo who is the family dog. Listen and enjoy just keep the tissues handy for the end .
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