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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. 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.
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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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    Arwen PAYSON, UT, United States 04-05-12
    Arwen PAYSON, UT, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic and poignant"

    This messages conveyed by this book lingered with me for months after I finished listening. This is an inspirational story about the strength of the human spirit, whether it is encased by a human's or a dog's body. The narrator's performance was great and engaging, he managed to naturally add excitement and feeling to every page. I would recommend this book/audiobook to everyone. "That which you manifest is before you"--great life lesson!

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    susan Wintersville, Oh, United States 04-02-12
    susan Wintersville, Oh, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Christian, wife, mother, GRANDMOTHER and nurse. I love audible because it allows me to do two things at once: 'read' & exercise or . . .

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    "More, More!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent. It brought tears and cheers. A fine listen, light hearted at times, heart heavy at others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For dog lovers, it confirms what we already know - that dogs are intelligent as well as intuitive beings and therefore, really are man's best friend.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A perfect fit for narration both for the story and for the dog's thoughts. Pleasant to listen to.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    While the story from the dog's point of view was probably complete, I was left wanting more about Denny, the owner. The story line was excellent but I still wanted more! I would love to hear more about his life in Europe. Maybe he could get a new puppy and there could be a sequel??!!

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    Nancy DALLAS, TX, United States 04-01-12
    Nancy DALLAS, TX, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Life Philosophy from a Dog's Point of View"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I loved the touching nature of the story and the way Stein weaves life wisdom into a story that's seemingly about a race car driver and his dog. His advice to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo. How can you not fall in love with a TV watching dog who seems to have it all figured out?


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    Todd NEW LISBON, WI, United States 04-01-12
    Todd NEW LISBON, WI, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Most Engaging Book I've Ever Heard"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was a complete surprise. I stumbled across it and it sounded odd but intriguing, so I tried it. Was I ever glad I did!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The tale involves the relationship between Denny and Enzo, and Enzo's evolution into his own humanity. It is such a refreshingly original approach to telling a story I was rivetted from start to finish. Enzo's view of his own life, his mortality and his loyalty toward his master will leave you longing for such a friend.


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

    The reader was terrific. Nothing fancy, but very well read. He made all of the characters come alive, not with voices, but with his dramatic inflection and timing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book is moving, but the ending is brilliantly written, particularly if you are a dog lover. I found it validating and strangely comforting.


    Any additional comments?

    This story takes twists and turns that you would not expect from a typical story about a

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    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 03-31-12
    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2013

    Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read

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    "One Story of a Man's Best Friend"

    This was a good story. I thought it would have unravelled differently, but now that it is over, I will never look into a dog's eyes again without trying to see the inner human waiting to emerge.

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    Christopher DALLAS, TX, United States 03-31-12
    Christopher DALLAS, TX, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Student, husband, youth director

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    "All Dogs Go to Heaven"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very well written and captivating. I would caution my friends however that the book can be quite graphic in certain places and that it would not be suitable to listen to around a child.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to and why?

    This book is comparable to many novels if only because the narrators are animals and speak from that point of view including the 'Dog on It' series or 'Watership Down.'


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Welch really captures the spirit of Enzo and being a dog. When he speaks from Enzo's perspective it sounds like you would think a dog would sound. Welch is a phenomenal reader.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

    The most memorable character in the book is Enzo, who also happens to be the main character. He provides the insights, the drama, the cliff hangers. He is quotable and lovable. After listening to this book I find that I talk to my dog a lot more. Much like Denny does with Enzo.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to any animal lovers. The characters are highly approachable and very memorable. I would once again however caution young listeners to some of the graphic moments of the book as Enzo does not sensor himself in his comments. He is, after all, a dog.

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    Amazon Customer Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 03-29-12
    Amazon Customer Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Just not my kind of book..."
    Any additional comments?

    I still have the last 1/3 of this book to listen to but I really don't know if I will bother. I found the story completely depressing and predictable. The story is told from the point of view of the family dog who is beloved. The different perspective is charming and interesting but just not enough to make up for the lack of plot. I really want to like this book but every time I go to finish it I find myself listening to music for shopping for a new book. I would NEVER recommend this book to my book club. I only know one person who might enjoy it but she is known for her love of depressing books.

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    Kerri Atascadero, CA, United States 03-29-12
    Kerri Atascadero, CA, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "An unexpected hilarious, sad, believable story!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes, because it was enjoyable. The dog's personality was so believable. Especially if you ever had a dog.


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

    The fact that the dog knew about the cancer and couldn't tell anyone.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is easy to listen to and believable as a dog. It's hard to explain.


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

    Yes, of course, My husband listened to on a long driving trip.


    Any additional comments?

    I reccommend this to anyone regardless if you are a dog person or not. If you are not, it may make you one so watch out!

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    Polly Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-27-12
    Polly Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2002
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    "How has this treasure remained hidden?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this as a must reading! I've never written a review before, but this is a jewel that sparkles through after one has sifted through hours of searching for something really really good. I'm normally a mystery/ thriller/crime novel avid listener, so this seemed off-course for me. Philosophy of life from a dog's point of view (and especially a dog that really covets opposable thumbs) seemed intriguing! I (personally) don't agree with reincarnation and a few of Enzo, the dog's perspectives -- but it's quite all right iand very forgivable in this instance because Enzo is a loveable pooch and it was my hope that his doggie desires would someday come true. His life is intertwined with that of his human family and their lives, and especially with that of Denny, the family's racecar driving husband and father who teaches Enzo many great life lessons. But Enzo is able


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

    This is my first Evan Welch book, but look forward to more!


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

    I couldn't quit listening to this book, so listened all in one sitting!


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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 03-26-12
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "hafta love a dog"

    A little predictable, but anything written from the dog's point of view sorta has my heart.

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    2/2/16
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    "Enchanting story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ann & Jim Parr
    10/12/15
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    "brilliant book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bluebells and Daffodils
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    7/20/15
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    "An all-time favourite!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to, and why?

    It is in a clas of its own.


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

    No, but I will look out for him.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jane joensen
    7/15/14
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    "The dog tells it as it is .."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I am sure the audio book is better than the printed book. It makes the story come very much to life.


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

    I loved the book throughout. My inner child love the idea of the dog telling the story.


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

    The dog


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the reincarnation towards the end.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for animal lovers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A M C Bridgeman
    12/1/13
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    "Best accidental find... Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lindy
    Cape Town, South Africa
    7/22/13
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    "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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn A. Dean
    Congleton UK
    1/13/13
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/31/12
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    "Great listen-but...."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    11/22/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Dunnose Head, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
    9/22/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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