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 pace (racing pun intended) is a bit uneven, but the book is, overall, wonderful if you're an animal lover. I'm not a race car fan but that's an integral part of the bond between man and dog.
Kudos to the writer for juggling the happy-sad theme. Awesome ending.
Lynda @ Book Editing Associates
Car lovers and dog lovers will both be equally supremely pleased with this book. However, the real beauty of this book is that even people who aren't car or dog fanatics can enjoy the unique telling of a lifelong friendship from a character that doesn't even have the ability to speak.
This story was an extremely refreshing change of pace from most things I've read or listened to. Garth Stein nailed it when he chose to narrate this from a dog's perspective. There are just so many aspects of everyday life that we all overlook and take for granted, bu t have been brought to life by this story.
I couldn't help but imagine my brother and his dog in some of the same situations as Denny and Enzo. There is a very good reason for the cliche nickname that dog's have earned in our lives: man's best friend.
I was also pleasantly surprised at the level of racing knowledge that was exhibited. I'm not the biggest race fan you'll meet, but I have definitely dabbled in a few forms of automotive indulgence. The history and appreciation for racing that Garth Stein writes about is great!
This story made me laugh and cry. It is a dramatic story told from a wonderful perspective.
I loved that the dog was the narrator of this story and it seemed as if Enzo was
a person instead of an animal. The performance by Christopher Evan Welch was MAGNIFICENT!
NONE, UNTIL NOW. I will be looking for others narrated by Mr. Welch .
Dog is almost HUMAN.
I loved the perspective of the dog - who told the story. Very neat to see things from his point of view, and what an intelligent dog!! The story really laid bare the difficulty and the reward of sticking through the hard times. Very moving, just awesome. Had some tough times listening to sad things that were happening, but that is a good author for you! Takes you right along with the characters, as if they are members of your own family. A great tale.
You need to read this book! Put aside any reservations you have an listen with an open mind. It provides amazing insights into life. It made me cry a few times, very touching. I'm about to use some of my Audible book credits to gift it to some close friends.
No, I need a little more excitement in an audio book than what this had to offer. The narrator did a great job, but I think the story was a little lacking.
Is there a "narrated by dog" genre? If so, I would probably try others, because that's what intrigued me. Most likely there isn't though...
Nothing, the narrator was great.
It was a heartfelt story...but just a little boring at times.
After reading the reviews, I really wanted to love this book because it seems most people did. Maybe it's just a personal preference, as I tend to read more suspenseful novels. I thought this would be more light hearted and funny, while it was mostly just kind of depressing and predictable.
This book definitely didn't live up to the hype of other reviews. The story line was predictable, the climax implausible. While it was easy enough to listen to and the performance was satisfactory, the story itself had no real tension, required no committment and was routine. It bordered on boring and thankfully, because it is a relatively short book, ended before I gave up and went on to something more interesting.
I love to multi-task with Audible!
yes, it's definately on my review list
It's not a long listen but enjoyable from begining to end! :)
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