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
I loved this story told from the prospective of the dog. It did reach all my emotions it made me laugh, smile, and cry. Great story. I thought it was a very clever way to tell a story.
I liked the way Stein brought in some cool dog facts, such as their sense of smell and how they seem to be tuned in to our emotions.
When Enzo discovers TV was one of my favorite scenes.
I would love to go to dinner with Dennie so he could talk about Enzo and I could tell him about my Max and Otis.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
This was fantastic! As a dog lover, I immediately connected with Enzo and his humans through their struggles. Loved the perspective! A must listen!
The story being told from the point of view of mans best freind. I thought I was going to listen to a dog's story: I did - but so much more! Through the dogs eye view I laughed, cried, hated ... and yes to a point forgave the humans involved in a terrible family battle. We are our own worst enemies and need our dogs to see through our actions to the real intentions below.
Timing and personality. Enzo would have been a different dog if I had only known him in print.
I usually avoid dog books - typically, I'm depressed for days afterwards. But Enzo's story sounded unique, so I took a chance and was glad I did. And, while I found Enzo's best friend/owner Denny a trifle too good to be true at the end of his Job-like ordeal, I even bought into the happily-ever-after contrived ending. Enzo would want me to.
Narrator Welch is a perfect low-keyed Enzo voice.
The narration was very good, especially as it is the dog telling the story.
Saving Milly. Reason - both books had me laughing at one stage and crying at the next.
I loved how the story was from the dogs prospective. The end is perfect.
I love how the ending scene makes the book come full circle.
It was such a down to earth story with an excellent view of humans.
When Enzo was in the car going round the track
We have now listened to over 700 books. This ranks in the top 5 !!
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is one of the very best. It's spiritual, funny, intelligent and entertaining. As most animal books, it has a few tear-jerker incidents but the ending makes up for any angst. Love, love, LOVE it!
The dog =)))
I loved how both the author and the narrator developed the character - the proud and independent dog (a thinker and a racer at heart) who is at the same time just a dog that wants love and can get jealous. I usually don't like books that threaten to have a sad endings, but this ending was not sad, but very hopeful.
The narrator is wonderful. The story is wonderful. This is a book that you will drive around the block a few times. Maybe slightly predictable but if you have a heart you will like this book!
He has a charismatic voice. I enjoyed his narration and believed him as Enzo's voice.
Listen to this book!
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