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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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    rockinrnb 10-09-12
    rockinrnb 10-09-12 Member Since 2015

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

    The story being narrated by a dog.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great narration, great story, funny, yet philosophical and not a sad ending.


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

    The quality and tone of his voice.


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

    I like the name and wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it twice within about one month!

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    Benjamin Nashville, TN, United States 10-08-12
    Benjamin Nashville, TN, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sophmoric"
    What disappointed you about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    It was clever to tell the story through a dogs eyes. Nothing else was clever


    What was most disappointing about Garth Stein’s story?

    Ditto


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was better than the book but not much


    What character would you cut from The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    the author.
    I think I will need to shoot my daughter who reccommended it


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    Ashley 10-08-12
    Ashley 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply beautiful."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The fact that this story is told from the perspective of Enzo, a dog, is what made it truly wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its nearly impossible not to love the main character of this book the most, especially if you're a dog owner. In Enzo, Garth Stein expresses what we would all hope our own canine's inner dialogue is like. He's a lovable companion with his own set of flaws and an undying devotion to his family. His character was very well written and its obvious the author put a lot of thought into the psyche of a dog.


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

    He enhances Enzo's personality with his intonation and the emotion in his voice. Christopher Evan Welch did a great job of giving voice to all of the characters and making everything scene appropriate. When they were racing, he spoke excitedly and quickly, when the scene was morose or calm his voice adjusted to fit. He gave a great performance and really brought the book to life.


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

    Enzo of course! And I'd take him out to breakfast and buy him pancakes.


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    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-03-12
    Mark Lakewood, CO, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2013

    I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.

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    "Moved me to tears"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've actually already recommended this book to several friends and family members. Kind of like Jonathon Livingston Seagull blended with The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. This book hits you at many levels and whether you're a dog lover or not, it's going to awaken something in you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, without question, he makes me love my two dogs even more.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book of the last year and I listen to 3-5 books a month with a 25 mile commute each morning and evening. Probably the only downfall was that I was driving for the final chapter, which had me sobbing so hard I had to pull over. This is an absolutely beautifully written and told book. Both the author and the reader really sucked me in and made me think.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Davistown, Australia 09-29-12
    Pamela Davistown, Australia 09-29-12
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    "great read.....I want a dog like Enzo!"

    I loved this book. It gave me a new perspective on the lives of my pets. The family life story got a bit melodramatic but the insights and philosophy of Enzo were amusing and insightful. I have recommended this book to my car racing loving sons and husband.

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    Joe 09-26-12
    Joe 09-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Great book, especially for dog lovers. Well written and narrated. Recommend this book for all "adult" ages and gender.

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    Tori United States 09-25-12
    Tori United States 09-25-12
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    "Heartwrenching at times, but well worth it"

    It may be hard to get through some parts, especially if you really love dogs, but keep going. Wipe your tears and know the smiles will come.

    I love the racing lingo. The author's insight to the car racing culture is entertaining and informative. Actually made communicating with my boyfriend easier.

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    alison glen allen, VA, United States 09-23-12
    alison glen allen, VA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story"

    As a dog owner I was prepared to like this book. . . . I more than liked it. Couldn't stop listening! Real characters, believable story, touched my heart.

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    Colleen Calvert 09-19-12 Member Since 2016

    Lover of historical fiction. I have turned to audiobooks to supplement scare reading time, amidst a busy job and parenting.

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    "Overrated and sentimental"

    I love dogs and this book started out well. But I found the plot too predictable and the book felt way too sentimental. After a particularly nasty twist in the story (I won't reveal it) I turned it off.

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    Amazon Customer United States 09-18-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unique and entertaining!"

    I started out skeptical, because the premise and layout really isn't my cup of tea, a self-aware dog learning life's lessons through the lens of his owners racecar driving career (ive never cared about the sport)

    But I finished the book in two sittings on a long road trip, and ive gotta say, it was one of my favorites. I really loved it... Give it a shot, especially if you like dogs, and even if you don't care about car racing.

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  • The pink one
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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.

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  • Ann & Jim
    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.


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  • 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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