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
Retired former trial and corporate lawyer practicing his craft for over 40 years. Loves legal thrillers, mysteries, and dog related stories.
The story was told from a dog's perspective in the first person which is a novel approach. Whether you are an animal lover or not, you will enjoy hearing a different viewpoint.
How everything in life relates to your living experience and how you need to apply certain principles to apply them to allow the best chance of success.
I thought he did a great job and nailed Enzo perfectly.
Both - the humor used by the writer is quite funny, and the sad parts, well, let's just say you had better have a box of tissues handy, especially when you get to the end of the book
I would rank this book in the top 5 of all books I have either read or listened to which have been many. I listened to this while taking my dog on her daily walk which seemed to make the experience even more real for me. The ending is perhaps the best I have ever come across. I consider this book a MUST READ - I promise you will not be disappointed.
Enjoyed listening to this book. Loved the character of the protaganist and his views on the proper place of dogs in the order of things. Would recommend.
I was not sure what to expect, from a story told from the perspective of a dog, but was pleasantly surprised. The storyline was engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dog lovers will be particularly amused, but it is a great read for anyone.
Tender, witty and sincere.
Any time that Enzo was a passenger in Denny's car allowed us to witness Enzo's utter devotion to his master, a voracious appetite for speed and sheer envy for thumbs!
Excellent character expression by the reader. His pacing, clarity and passion came through beautifully.
I loved the episode where Enzo conspired to defecate on the
I had no idea what I was ordering when I ordered this. It just sounded like I might like it because I have two Portuguese Water dogs that seem human to me. This story of the family, from the perspective of the dog, is lovely, humorous, and touching. The dog's perspective on his own life is informative.
Eased my hour commute into work. Garth Stein is a very quotable man.
Enzo and Zoe. Enzo changed my way of thinking and Zoe amazed me about her wisdom.
I have not listened to Christopher Evan Welch. I enjoyed listening and was very much into the story that I didn't notice that a male was doing female voices.
The man from Ferrari and Enzo and a young -human- driver.
The audiobook from transferred from CD to the Audible file and the transition from
I have a top ten list and its now in that category.
It combined real life with all facets of reading like comedy , drama and family along with the love of dogs.
This was my first listen and hope for many more. Very pleasant voice and easy to follow.
The ending was fantastic and even if you knew knew the eventual final curtain , you still need Kleenux for help.
YES! YES! YES! My brother recommended it to me, and I can't wait to thank him.
The voice of Enzo and his personality - how it shined throughout the book. The story was not sappy or predictable, which is also a blessing, unlike many books with animals as the main character or storyteller.
The voice of Enzo was so engaging; it seems like just what he should sound like, and if a dog like Enzo could talk, how he would say things. Simply adorable.
I don't have that much time to string together. I listened to it during my commute to work, and I actually found myself looking forward to driving to work and driving home! The 2nd book I bought has not done that for me, unfortunately. Who knows, maybe it will improve, but this book had me hooked from the first sentence.
Recommended. If you ever wondered what your pet dog really thinks about you then you need to listen to this book.
Enzo's (the dog's) confusion at why humans think like they do means that you are forced to consider his observations.
Too many ups and downs to handle in one sitting but I found myself wanting to find out more.
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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