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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Marianne Washington D.C. 08-06-12
    Marianne Washington D.C. 08-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "For the love of dogs"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    The narration done in the dog's voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing your life through your animal's eyes and heart and how that animal loves you through all your faults.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    He captured the heart of the dog.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    Perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not sure I would like it, since I am not into race cars; but I did nothing the whole day and listened to it straight through.

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    Mary United States 08-06-12
    Mary United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautifully written, great story, full of insights"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know.


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

    My goodness, there were so many. The whole book was memorable with characters to love and root for, a difficult story and lessons learned as seen through the eyes of a dog. I thought that aspect who be weird but it wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sad when it ended. I felt like I knew the characters and would miss them.

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    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 07-28-12
    Jenn Gardnerville, NV United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I am a better person for having read this book."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again, and have plans to do so on a road trip so that my husband can hear it, too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, of course, because he is so wise and endearing. Other than Enzo, Luca was probably my favorite character because for being in the novel for such a short time, he is a very well-developed character.


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

    I'm not particularly emotional when listening to audiobooks, but if I were, I'm sure I would have cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this book a shot. You won't be sorry.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim San Diego, CA, United States 07-26-12
    Jim San Diego, CA, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't Pass Up this Book!"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    The Best Yet


    Any additional comments?

    I have been listening to Audiobooks for over five years and this woderful book has to rank as one of the best I have ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 07-25-12
    Heather 07-25-12
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    "My New Favorite Dog Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have. Especially for any who has pets. It's such a unique perspective, seeing life as your dog sees it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The point of view really made the story for me, especially in light of the excellent characterization of Enzo. He's a fully developed character and so fun to follow. At times the story was so heart-wrenching that I had to stop, but the need to know what Enzo would say or do next drew me back in. He unique perspective on everything was though-provoking. I particularly like his feud with the crows. His experience in the race car actually made me want to take a drive in one too, something I've never had any inclination to do.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    What the Dog Saw.


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    Elsie 07-25-12
    Elsie 07-25-12
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    "Lovely, lovely book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version and this was my first audio book. It was perfect. I can listen to passages over and over again. I look forward to reading the print version.


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

    There are many memorable moments in this book and I bookmarked many. I loved the hot lap, It was full of Enzo's bursting joy and excitement and absolute glow as he sat beside Deni racing down the track.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    His voice. It is the voice of a noble labrador. The cadence, the tension, the release, the change of person are so clear and effortless.


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

    It made me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible, for recommending the book.

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    Glenn A. Michaels 07-25-12
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    "Perfect Timing for a Great Book"

    My yellow Labrador Retreiver Sasha passed away recently at age 14. This book was highly recommended to me and I enjoyed it from the first page. The story is beautiful and the narration was the best I have ever heard. I laughed and cried like so many other reviewers. Unlike any other book, I felt like this was written just for me. And the timing could not have been more perfect and it helped put a lot of things into perspective. It is difficult to say much more without giving key aspects of the story away. I highly recommend it. For anyone who has has a truly lived with a great dog, who was a family member and loving friend -- not a pet, this wonderful book celebrates that very special and unforgettable experience. Thank you Sasha!

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    Alexandra 07-19-12
    Alexandra 07-19-12
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    "Wonderful and quotable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    I really loved the way racing metaphors were used to share insights about life. Made even more touching and enjoyable because the narration was from a dog's (Enzo's) perspective. Sad and uplifting.


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

    When Enzo comes back as a child and reunites with Denny


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Enzo is getting ready to let go of life and he knows he will come back as a man to re-unite with Denny, and when lets go to run faster and faster with only the sky and the wind and the earth and no fences - free.


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

    Enzo


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 07-17-12
    Ben 07-17-12
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    "Pets make us better people"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    No, reading is always better because the imagination conjures images. The recorded version is a close second, but the voice led my images. I am still gonna buy audiobooks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, he is a metaphor for so many things.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    The pace and when he spoke in the dog's voice.


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

    Yes


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    Jodi SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-16-12
    Jodi SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What an amazing find!"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Rich, Real


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a story that touches on so many topics, areas of life, and relationships it could easily become muddy. However, that never happens, the little insights into life and relationships and the shifts of plot all meld seamlessly. It keeps moving and keeps you thinking all while you fall into the story and deeper in love with the characters. You will go through the range of emotions with these characters and love the ride the whole time!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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