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
of course everything is relative, but I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book. There was an element of this book for which I had particular empathy, but regardless of your background I found this book as being particularly special. I hope others read it and get as much enjoyment from it as I did.
This book was so enjoyable to listen to. I liked hearing things from the dog's point of view, which had me laughing or crying, depending on the dog or his family's circumstances at the time. His frequent desire for opposable thumbs or for a short fat tongue so he could speak just added to the charm of the character. I've recommended this book to all of my dog-loving friends.
First, I love the the thought that there is a possibility that Enzo, or any dog, could possess the understanding and thought process displayed in this book. Second, even if he couldn't, his effect on the family is truely beautiful. The story and its telling brought me to laughter and tears and back again. A truely wounderful experiance that I highly recommend. Beware of the Zebra!
Absolutely loves this!! Wasn't expecting too much from it but was pleasantly surprised. Real heart-warming story. Thinking of buying the real book now too.
I had a friend that was very excited about this book and said after a somewhat slow start she enjoyed this story immensely. I had a much more lukewarm response to the dog narrating this life story. You might like it.
I have dogs and while listening to this book, I found myself talking to them thinking that they understand everything I said to them. It was a great book, especially for dog owners.
Would give this one a 10 star! Not only is it a great story, the reader could not have done a better job! I hope there will be more to come from the team that put this togeather! God bless them all!
Such an awesome story full of pearls about life and the human spirit. I love Enzo the dog from whose perspective the story is told. His unique point of view and hunger to be human is hilarious. It makes me look at my dogs differently. A touching tale which I am sure to recommend to my friends and will probably read again.
What a surprise! I bought this book because it was cheap and short, I was out of credits and going on a camping trip. I loved it, F1 is my passion and I love my dog. This book felt like a dear friend, I know I will re visit again and again! WONDERFUL!
As a dog lover I knew I would enjoy this book but I thought it would be a flat and shallow story carried along solely by the novelty and easy jokes provided by having the dog as the narrator. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story was engaging and would have been well worth the listen without the cuteness of the dog narrator. Enzo just added a special flavor to the telling and gave me something to think about each time I turn off my TV before leaving the house.
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