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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    Lori United States 08-20-12
    Lori United States 08-20-12
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    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because the story was well written. It made me think, laugh, cry and everything in between.


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

    One of the most memorable moments was when Enzo was protecting (in his own mind) the dying wife from death. It brought me to tears.


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

    Enzo was my favorite character. Enzo is looking back at his life and recall the lessons he has learned. Stein's ability to show Enzo as a thoughtful, almost human character is what makes the book so appealing. Enzo the dog relates his beliefs / lessons about life to what Denny has taught him about expert racing and it all fits together beautifully.


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

    I enjoyed the narratror's performance. I did listen to this book in one sitting while I was traveling. I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this wonderful insight into life's mysteries.

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    RadicalRed South Lyon, MI, United States 08-17-12
    RadicalRed South Lyon, MI, United States 08-17-12

    Radical Redhead here to find a few good books to listen to while working.

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    "A must read for any pet lover!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed how the story seemed to flow well and the humanness of Enzo. Pretty much just Enzo altogether.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really got into how Enzo viewed the world and how he interacted with people to help them with their emotions. You can't help but think of your pets' having the same thoughts after listening to this book.


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

    I haven't, but I would certainly listen to another. He did a great job, his voice is easy to listen to.


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

    So you think your mascara is really waterproof, huh?


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    LINDA Iowa City, IA, United States 08-15-12
    LINDA Iowa City, IA, United States 08-15-12
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    "I know dogs think just like Enzo."

    Buddy my morkie has become my chemo buddy. He is so gentle and comforting. Looking for a happy successful outcome with a long full life.

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    Garret 08-14-12
    Garret 08-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This is new age dreck"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something thoughtful, sensible, well thought out and executed. Look elswhere. This is awful. None of it rings true.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-13-12
    Tanya LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome book."

    Great story especially if you are a person who wonders what your dog is thinking and wish they could talk. Narrator is very good and overall a wonderful book.

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    Jack Walsdorf Long Neck, DE 08-13-12
    Jack Walsdorf Long Neck, DE 08-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Well worth the time and the $$/credit"

    The reason this book is so well reviewed is simple. A good story with great characters read by a top notch narrator.
    I'm a dog lover so maybe there is some bias in my thoughts but I think this story about a man and his dog &his daughter & his wife & his in-laws & his job & his passion has all the elements to conclude your time with this book is very well spent.

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    Katherine Harding 08-09-12
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    "My best purchase."

    This book is not just for people who love dogs, its for anyone who has ever loved at all. Beautifully written and read. This story is a lesson in living and loving in the now. I was speechless after reading it and will recommend it to many!

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    Julie Forrester 08-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A well told and lovely story"
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    I'll never look at our dog the same way again! Really enjoyed this and it wasn't nearly as sad as I thought it would be.....very heartwarming!

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    Becky :P 08-06-12
    Becky :P 08-06-12
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    "A canine lover's perfect book..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    Both the print and the audible versions are terrific. I must say that this audible version was very powerful. I read print books and my husband listens to Audible books. I had read this book long ago with my daughter and wanted my husband to enjoy it. After he listened to it, I was dying to hear it in this version. It did such justice to the wonderul work of art..


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the story is told through the dogs eyes. Every canine owner wonders what goes through their minds and this gives the reader a wonderful, thoughtful, and imaginative insight into what they could be thinking.


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

    His calm and concise demeanor makes the listening smooth and easy.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definately recommend this Audible book to anyone and everyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Chapel Hill, NC, United States 08-06-12
    Bruce Chapel Hill, NC, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    Finally a great story written by one of our own


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Enzo. The humans were pretty interesting characters also


    What aspect of Christopher Evan Welch’s performance would you have changed?

    Sometimes he got stuck in a low voice. Watch the needle on the recording machine. This didn't happen too often.


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

    I wouldn't


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. Insiteful. Great emotional development.

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