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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Written by: 
Garth Stein
Narrated by: 
Christopher Evan Welch
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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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    Tammy Spaulding 05-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Reaches all the emotions"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Enzo discovers TV was one of my favorite scenes.


    If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


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    peabozzle Blackfoot, ID, United States 05-18-12
    peabozzle Blackfoot, ID, United States 05-18-12

    I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!

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    "I love Enzo!"

    This was fantastic! As a dog lover, I immediately connected with Enzo and his humans through their struggles. Loved the perspective! A must listen!

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    RELAINE 05-12-12
    RELAINE 05-12-12

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    "What a great angle!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Timing and personality. Enzo would have been a different dog if I had only known him in print.


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    Janet 05-12-12
    Janet 05-12-12
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    "I love Enzo"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    Cheryl Kroonpark, South Africa 05-11-12
    Cheryl Kroonpark, South Africa 05-11-12
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    "Outstanding Book! One of the Best!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The narration was very good, especially as it is the dog telling the story.


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

    Saving Milly. Reason - both books had me laughing at one stage and crying at the next.


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

    Enzo


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    Kim Felton, CA, United States 05-11-12
    Kim Felton, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great tale of how to how to alway keep hope."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the story was from the dogs prospective. The end is perfect.


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

    I love how the ending scene makes the book come full circle.


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    Pieter Edenvale, South Africa 05-10-12
    Pieter Edenvale, South Africa 05-10-12
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    "Better than you can imagine !!"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    It was such a down to earth story with an excellent view of humans.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Enzo was in the car going round the track


    Any additional comments?

    We have now listened to over 700 books. This ranks in the top 5 !!

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    gwennieg 05-09-12
    gwennieg 05-09-12

    I live on audiobooks.

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    "Best book ever!"

    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!

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    Alla United States 05-07-12
    Alla United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great character"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Probably.


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

    The dog =)))


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

    Many...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kim Michigan 05-06-12
    Kim Michigan 05-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Animal lovers must read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enzo!


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

    He has a charismatic voice. I enjoyed his narration and believed him as Enzo's voice.


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

    Enzo 500


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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