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
The story being narrated by a dog.
Great narration, great story, funny, yet philosophical and not a sad ending.
The quality and tone of his voice.
I like the name and wouldn't change it.
I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it twice within about one month!
It was clever to tell the story through a dogs eyes. Nothing else was clever
It was better than the book but not much
I think I will need to shoot my daughter who reccommended it
The fact that this story is told from the perspective of Enzo, a dog, is what made it truly wonderful.
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.
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.
Enzo of course! And I'd take him out to breakfast and buy him pancakes.
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.
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.
Enzo, without question, he makes me love my two dogs even more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lover of historical fiction. I have turned to audiobooks to supplement scare reading time, amidst a busy job and parenting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"An all-time favourite!"
Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.
It is in a clas of its own.
No, but I will look out for him.
Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.
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.
"The dog tells it as it is .."
I am sure the audio book is better than the printed book. It makes the story come very much to life.
I loved the book throughout. My inner child love the idea of the dog telling the story.
I loved the reincarnation towards the end.
A must read for animal lovers.
"Best accidental find... Ever"
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.
"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).
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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