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
this book was fabulous! I'd read the good reviews, but I don't generally have an interest in dogs, or talking dogs for that matter, so I didn't think I'd enjoy the read. Nevertheless, I picked it up during an Audible sale and I'm so grateful. The book is wonderfully written. The characters are honest and loveable and Enzo is truly a dog I grew very fond of during the book. The plot was excellent and there were so many twists and turns at times that when I'd listen in the car, I'd miss exits and make wrong turns constantly because I was so captivated. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a smart, easy, yet heartwarming and intelligent read. Just be careful when driving!
It was just as good the second time I listened to this book! With a son-in-law who's a NASCAR fan, I loved getting Enzo's insight into the thrill of racing. And the poignancy of the father-daughter story would be almost unbearable without the humor infused by the dog's viewpoint.
(I can't say. You're asking a Garfield fan.)
He brings the characters to life and thoroughly suspends one's disbelief that dogs can think and feel much like we humans.
The story stirs up a deep sadness over man's (well, at least Denny's in-laws') inhumanity to man.It summoned laughter AND tears.
I heartily give it my recommendation.
Great plotting and the twist of the narrator being a very smart family dog really boost this novel from the ordinary. Somehow it reminded me of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,sans the existentialism. Quite entertaining!
This fiction story is packed with valuable life lessons - as told from the perspective of the lovable dog Enzo. I have now read and listened to this book - I will definitely keep it on my list of favorites.
Enzo of course! Life as perceived through a dog's eyes.....I will never look at my dogs the same way again!
That which you manifest is before you.
I think it was even better as an audiobook than it would have been as a regular book because the great voice made the story even better to listen to.
His tone, pace, and inflection were great.
I've only listened to probably a handful of books so far and this is my number one.
When Enzo described his night with the zebra.
The last scene of the book, when they met the boy.
The last scene of the book, when they met the boy.
The book was a great book, it made you laugh and cry and just feel good. I wish I had read the book so that I would have been with the characters longer. I listened to the book in two days driving a 3.5 hours each day. If I had read the book I think I may have felt more for the characters. Overall, it was a great listen and made my commute that much shorter!
Writer, retired now 11 years and living at the beach, writing, golfing, enjoying my "second act."
I listened to the Audible.com version while I (tried to) read the Kindle e-book, but the Audible version had chapters and exposition the Kindle ebook did not, and the vocabulary was different. Throughout the experience, I would have to leave the ebook while the audible version went into much more narrative. Chapter 13 (I think) of the Audible version doesnt even appear anywhere in the book.
I enjoyed the story, cried at the end, and can only hope my two corgis are as in love with me as Enzo was with Denny.
But the reading/listening experience was very disruptive. And I have no way of knowing whether the ebook or the audible version is the culprit, or why there would be two distinctly different versions. I could understand the Audible being different (abridged vs unabridged) but I can't see why the Audible version would be LONGER than the book.
Enzo is having the best adventure a dog could have with his race car driving owner Danny.. Enzo is smart and a true 'racing' dog and is the pit crew for Danny's unfolding life. Full of twists and turns, this is a great read.
His pacing and style were excellent additions to an already great story.
When Enzo encounters the zebra, I thought I was going to fall off the bed laughing.
I have not read the book but through the audio version I felt as I could almost hear what my own dogs would be say to me if I only listened. I have an 11 year old mutt whose health is failing who has been a loyal and lovable companion who has taught me many of life's lesson. Reading THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN was comforting as I do feel animals can communicate with humans. So, the many conversations that Laverne and I have had about her health, what she means to me and how I promise to be there for her till the end- don't seem so ridiculous now.
What I liked best about the book besides the dog's point of view on human behavior, I enjoyed the analogies between the art of racing and the art of living. It was a great read. I'm sure I will reread it at some point.
No, this book was the first.
It made me both laugh and cry. I found the dog's description of his owner's romance especially entertaining. Having had 3 dogs who lived 12+ years and then leave me- I felt the sadness made me quite emotional.
I did not read the print version. I cannot imagine the print version to be more entertaining. The reader brought so much gravitas and wisdom to the dog, Enzo.
Traveller, the story of the American civil war through the eyes of Robert E. Lee's horse. This story is told by a dog. His take on the situations and people is very "dog-like". But the story is that of a family facing very human situations.
It is hard to pick one favorite scene. Perhaps when Denny took Enzo for a ride in the formula 1 race car. Enzo loved it so much.
I love the title, would not change it.
Dog lovers, especially those who have been blessed with a long and loving relationship with a four legged friend, will really enjoy this book. Life can be hard and people often respond to it in ways that hurt others. A good dog will willingly share the load and the road.
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