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
The Best Yet
I have been listening to Audiobooks for over five years and this woderful book has to rank as one of the best I have ever listened to.
I would and have. Especially for any who has pets. It's such a unique perspective, seeing life as your dog sees it.
The point of view really made the story for me, especially in light of the excellent characterization of Enzo. He's a fully developed character and so fun to follow. At times the story was so heart-wrenching that I had to stop, but the need to know what Enzo would say or do next drew me back in. He unique perspective on everything was though-provoking. I particularly like his feud with the crows. His experience in the race car actually made me want to take a drive in one too, something I've never had any inclination to do.
What the Dog Saw.
I have not read the print version and this was my first audio book. It was perfect. I can listen to passages over and over again. I look forward to reading the print version.
There are many memorable moments in this book and I bookmarked many. I loved the hot lap, It was full of Enzo's bursting joy and excitement and absolute glow as he sat beside Deni racing down the track.
His voice. It is the voice of a noble labrador. The cadence, the tension, the release, the change of person are so clear and effortless.
It made me laugh and cry.
Thank you, Audible, for recommending the book.
My yellow Labrador Retreiver Sasha passed away recently at age 14. This book was highly recommended to me and I enjoyed it from the first page. The story is beautiful and the narration was the best I have ever heard. I laughed and cried like so many other reviewers. Unlike any other book, I felt like this was written just for me. And the timing could not have been more perfect and it helped put a lot of things into perspective. It is difficult to say much more without giving key aspects of the story away. I highly recommend it. For anyone who has has a truly lived with a great dog, who was a family member and loving friend -- not a pet, this wonderful book celebrates that very special and unforgettable experience. Thank you Sasha!
I really loved the way racing metaphors were used to share insights about life. Made even more touching and enjoyable because the narration was from a dog's (Enzo's) perspective. Sad and uplifting.
When Enzo comes back as a child and reunites with Denny
When Enzo is getting ready to let go of life and he knows he will come back as a man to re-unite with Denny, and when lets go to run faster and faster with only the sky and the wind and the earth and no fences - free.
No, reading is always better because the imagination conjures images. The recorded version is a close second, but the voice led my images. I am still gonna buy audiobooks.
Enzo, he is a metaphor for so many things.
The pace and when he spoke in the dog's voice.
Compelling, Rich, Real
This is a story that touches on so many topics, areas of life, and relationships it could easily become muddy. However, that never happens, the little insights into life and relationships and the shifts of plot all meld seamlessly. It keeps moving and keeps you thinking all while you fall into the story and deeper in love with the characters. You will go through the range of emotions with these characters and love the ride the whole time!
A funny, happy, sad, irritable and to some extent predictable story. None the less it is a good listen, but have the tissues ready for the sad bits. This story will affect readers as many of us have been touched by separation, death, love and had, or know of a friend with a puppy and watched it mature into a dog. It ends on a happy note, so overall an excellent novel.
Fun. Touching. Clever.
I started to read this book and put it down. Thought it would be too emotional during the first chapter for me. I decided to listen after hearing a sample and LOVED IT! I'm a dog person and fell in love with Enzo. Christopher did a great job narrating. Wonderful storytelling and vocal skills with a voice that is easy to listen to.
Christopher Evan Welch's performance is brilliant!
"Gestures are all that I have." Enzo's limited but profound ability to affect the world around him makes you realize how much we can do with our words and importantly our actions. I don't want to spoil any of the moments but I will say I was so happy when Enzo lets Denny know how he feels about a legal settlement. That was one gesture clearly understood.
His voice, inflection, and cheery determination to be human in a world of struggles was captured by this performance. I also enjoyed the tid pits of Italian at the end; it was a perfect way to end a great story.
I would warn listeners that there is some swearing. The F word is used by a few characters when they lose their tempers. It was enough that I would be careful to whom I recommend the book.
Well told delightful story that shows the writers passion for racing and how these skills can come in handy. A story of success through humility and love.
As a fervent motor racing fan and dog lover this book was just up my street, just loved it. All life is encapsulated by the old dog. It made me laugh and cry best read this year.
"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.
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