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
No. At least not by the author Garth Stein. The narrator's performance was more than satisfactory.
I don't know what "this genre" is.
While the world may be full of people so iatrophobic as to suffer death by slow torture rather than visit a doctor, I could not care less about them. Nor could I feel any sympathy for a man willing to stand idly by - for months - watching his wife dying in agony. Such a man cannot be said to "love" his wife, or care about her at all. (In fact, negligent homicide might apply.) Once these basic plot motivators unfolded I stopped reading.
I loved that the thoughts Enzone (the dog) human thoughts..that he wanted to comfort others and protect them...seems real enough when you interact with your own pets. When I am sad my pets seem to sense it. I certainly look at them differently since reading this.
When Eve brought him inside from the garage ..because she needed him near. This was really special .....and he loved being needed...
When Enzone wanted to hug his owner...but he couldn't because he had only paws...That was so sweet.
Very worthwhile. :) and the reader was so soothing... I loved it!
I'm not usually one to relisten, but I would with this one. Very entertaining with the full range of emotion. Besides, who can go wrong with a dog as the main character!
After starting this book adventure based on my long drives, it has become an obsession, a method for relaxation and enjoyment.
This story takes you through the full emotional range. I loved Enzo so much. At one point, I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face (all while driving.) I shared this book with my family and friends. We are all fans! (and amazingly know a little more about racing.)
While. I didn't love it, I enjoyed the story
I thought he did a great job with pacing and inflection.
I loved having the point of view of a dog, as he got to witness several important moments of his family's life. From a loving, honest and really wise perspective... the perspective of one who cannot talk, but only to watch and listen.
I really liked Enzo's personality, I thought it was gonna be a sweet puppy kind of dog, but he was really wise, loved, got mad, etc. I loved the complexity of his character.
No, I haven't.
Loved this book, got into my "favorites" list. I would like to point that it is not a "Marley" kind of story, as some people tried to put it when I read the reviews: I really liked Marley, but Enzo is a way more complex character, and the problems he and his family go through are WAY harder. I really got to love Enzo, I see my own Jack Russell in a whole new perspective now.
this book was fabulous! I'd read the good reviews, but I don't generally have an interest in dogs, or talking dogs for that matter, so I didn't think I'd enjoy the read. Nevertheless, I picked it up during an Audible sale and I'm so grateful. The book is wonderfully written. The characters are honest and loveable and Enzo is truly a dog I grew very fond of during the book. The plot was excellent and there were so many twists and turns at times that when I'd listen in the car, I'd miss exits and make wrong turns constantly because I was so captivated. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a smart, easy, yet heartwarming and intelligent read. Just be careful when driving!
It was just as good the second time I listened to this book! With a son-in-law who's a NASCAR fan, I loved getting Enzo's insight into the thrill of racing. And the poignancy of the father-daughter story would be almost unbearable without the humor infused by the dog's viewpoint.
(I can't say. You're asking a Garfield fan.)
He brings the characters to life and thoroughly suspends one's disbelief that dogs can think and feel much like we humans.
The story stirs up a deep sadness over man's (well, at least Denny's in-laws') inhumanity to man.It summoned laughter AND tears.
I heartily give it my recommendation.
Great plotting and the twist of the narrator being a very smart family dog really boost this novel from the ordinary. Somehow it reminded me of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,sans the existentialism. Quite entertaining!
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