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
I would listen to this book again because the story was well written. It made me think, laugh, cry and everything in between.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the narratror's performance. I did listen to this book in one sitting while I was traveling. I loved it.
Don't miss this wonderful insight into life's mysteries.
Radical Redhead here to find a few good books to listen to while working.
I really enjoyed how the story seemed to flow well and the humanness of Enzo. Pretty much just Enzo altogether.
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.
I haven't, but I would certainly listen to another. He did a great job, his voice is easy to listen to.
So you think your mascara is really waterproof, huh?
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.
If you are looking for something thoughtful, sensible, well thought out and executed. Look elswhere. This is awful. None of it rings true.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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..
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.
His calm and concise demeanor makes the listening smooth and easy.
I would definately recommend this Audible book to anyone and everyone!
Finally a great story written by one of our own
I loved Enzo. The humans were pretty interesting characters also
Sometimes he got stuck in a low voice. Watch the needle on the recording machine. This didn't happen too often.
Well done. Insiteful. Great emotional development.
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