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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Written by: 
Garth Stein
Narrated by: 
Christopher Evan Welch
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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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    Wilde Rain 06-23-12
    Wilde Rain 06-23-12

    Ardent reader of history, non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi. Have a lot of audiobooks, but in all honesty, I prefer to read rather than listen. However, my daily hourly walk has become a pleasure with a good audiobook to listen to.

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    "Compassionate and thought-provoking"

    I adored this audiobook. The story, the narrator, just everything .. a real keeper that conveys moving observations and empathy. I find myself regarding my own 4 dogs in a different light after completing this moving book. Brilliant.

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    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 06-20-12
    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 06-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Dog lover & book addict.

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    "One of THE BEST books I've heard in a long time..."
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably the best one so far. I bought it on a whim and fell in love with it. It wasn't even the type of book that I was looking for that day. I have recommended it to more than one person.


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

    My favorite was, of course, the dog. I loved Enzo instantly and constantly!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a dog person. This book made me laugh a lot because I sometimes think my dog thinks this way. This book made me cry as well...more than once. It's a touching story about love and loss (in more than one way). The ending though took the cake. I was boohoo-ing for 15 mins after it ended because Enzo's dream came true! Gosh, what a sap I am!

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    Amazon Customer 06-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Listens while running

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    "Deeply moving"

    A friend recommended this, then un-recommended it because of my aversion to sad dog stories. (It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I don't like crying.) I ended up listening to this anyway because the conceit of a dog as narrator pulled me in, and I thought maybe listening would be better than reading on my own. On that count, I was wrong, as this accounted for the second time in recent months I've literally cried while running. My dog, who was running with me, even noticed this time and seemed a bit concerned.

    This book is on the surface about a dog who wants to be a man. I think it's about what it means to be human--what it means to be a good human, anyway. If most of us humans could be as observant and wise as Enzo, the world might be a more enjoyable place to live.

    The narration is very good; the only thing that bothered me was the voice of a young girl, and I don't think that's easy for any narrator I've heard.

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    Julie DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 06-18-12
    Julie DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it! Contained life lessons but entertaining."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes, in the future to re-hear the life lessons and character strenghts contained in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was entertaining and yet taught life lessons. We all tend to look at things or people but not really see them for what they really are or what is underneath the surface. Enzo's indepth thoughts on what transpired with his family during his lifetime was very insightful.


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

    Enzo, of course, but also Denny because of his strength of character and always doing the right thing at whatever cost even if it was a harder path to travel on.


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

    That which we manifest is before us.


    Any additional comments?

    "That which we manifest is before us", i.e., taking an active roll in creating the direction of our future, is a very good life lesson to learn.

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    Maria Lachine, Quebec, Canada 06-14-12
    Maria Lachine, Quebec, Canada 06-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Oddly wonderful"

    I really didn't think I'd enjoy this book- and to be 100% honest, there were parts in it (you'll see he talks a lot about racing) that were less interesting to me.

    Nevertheless, it was just... wonderful. The story-telling was different and refreshing and it definitely strung some chords in my heart. I'm not a huge animal person but I believe that animals have that crazy capacity for love- and in that respect, the book totally resonated with me.

    Listen to it. It's not very long and you'll be happy you did.

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    indigo 06-11-12
    indigo 06-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little magic, fantasy and reality check"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was the perfect listen for the 1000 mile drive home. good humour as well as genuine feeling moments


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

    getting into the skin/ mind of the dog.....anyone with a pooch will understand


    Any additional comments?

    nice to have a happy ending, even a make believe moment. we all need to step back AND believe.

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    ARG 06-05-12
    ARG 06-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Bamn!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    Great performance, great story, entertaining. Sure it was a little cute, but very good. This isn't a story about a dog, it is a story about life. Good characters, believable real world stuff. Insights and observations we all know and share, but packaged and delivered in very entertaining and enjoyable story. Great perspective.


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

    There are a number, mostly revolving around the triumphs or critical turning points. Enzo out the window is one. Outside the courtroom is another. The walk to the funeral.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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?

    Why Enzo of course!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. Loved it!

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    Edwin Lancaster, PA, United States 06-05-12
    Edwin Lancaster, PA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A brilliant interpretation of man’s best friend’s"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I could not stop listing to this book, wonderful adaption and so genuine and rewarding. I want to listen to it again. And Enzo is man’s best friend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A brilliant portal from a dog’s perspective and how endearing, devoted and comforting a pet can truly be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he peed on the legal documents and his master laughed.


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to it again ...

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    J. Minto TX 06-04-12
    J. Minto TX 06-04-12

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    "Dogs and cars"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    It is an amazing book. If you love dogs and or racing then this is an amazing book that tugs at all the emotions you have for mans best friend and speed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, A dog giving his perspective is hard to beat for me.


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

    An honest pace in Enzos tone.


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

    I did cry at some parts.


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    Victoria ST LOUIS PARK, MN, United States 06-04-12
    Victoria ST LOUIS PARK, MN, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE this story, the point of view, and auditors!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one on my favorites. I loved that the story is told from the perspective of the dog!!!


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

    No.


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

    Four Paws forever.


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