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The Art of Racing in the Rain | [Garth Stein]

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. 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.
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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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    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 08-23-10
    Jenny St. Martinville, LA, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome..."

    Loved this story...great story of human willingness not to give up, even among the greatest of odds. I believe that most will enjoy this book, but perhaps especially dog lovers.

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    Joseph Southall 08-22-10 Member Since 2015
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    "depressing"

    Be prepared to be sad for the majority of this listen. I was looking for an entertaining read that had it's ups and downs. This is what the other reviews suggested. The book was well narrated but was very short on ups and heavy on the downs. The dogs point of view is well thought out and clever but the story it relates to is "ruff".

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    Christine Manning USA 08-21-10
    Christine Manning USA 08-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    We recently lost one of our pack and I thought this might help me with my grief. I really enjoyed the perspective from which this story is told. Some of what the family went through touched me personally. I really loved and appreciated this book. My new mantra is "that in which you manifest is before you"....thank you Enzo.

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    Jaqueline A Schreck 08-15-10

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    "I love this book"

    My cousin recommended this book to me partly because she knows I like auto racing. But this was so much more about life than about racing. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I pondered over the wisdom of this dog and his family.

    I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good weekend read.

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    L. Persyn 08-14-10
    L. Persyn 08-14-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Will make you laugh and cry"

    Whether you are a dog lover or not, you will love this book.

    The Art of Racing in the Rain is about a philosophical, television-watching dog named Enzo, who dreams of the day he becomes a man. He gives us his wise (and comedic) observations of the world as he helps his owner, a race car driver who faces a series of heart-wrenching experiences.

    This is a book you almost have to listen to. There is a part of the book that involves a voice synthesizer that had me laughing out loud. I don't know if the written word would have had the same effect.

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    Swad 08-13-10
    Swad 08-13-10

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    "Wonderful"

    Extremely well-written and insightful. I put off reading this book because of the dog-as-narrator angle, but in this case it works beautifully.

    The narration is as good as it gets.

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    Loves to Match Southern California 08-11-10
    Loves to Match Southern California 08-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Poignant and fun at the same time"

    Highly recommend this clever book -- easy to listen to and the lead character is insightful and loveable. I got a bit teary, but uplifting in end -- certainly not a downer. Hoping to read more from this author.

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    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 08-11-10
    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 08-11-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Thank you for a wonderful experience"

    If you're going to listen to only one book this year, make it this one. Whether you've loved a dog or not, I think you'll love this book.

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    Carly Melbourne, Australia 08-02-10
    Carly Melbourne, Australia 08-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    I was already in a sad mood when I read this which given some of the reviews would have put me into even more of a funk... but instead I found it uplifting and strength giving! Enjoyed it so much that for the first time ever I listened to it in one epic six hour block, I simply could not turn it off. Beautifully written and beautifully narrated... one of those books where I just knew the superb narration gave me a higher level of enjoyment. Was twittering throughout the six hours about how incredible it was & got replies from strangers agreeing with me... which surely is a sign of a book that has touched many other people. Easily the best book I've read/listened to in recent years.

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    Nicholas Baskett London, UK 07-30-10
    Nicholas Baskett London, UK 07-30-10 Member Since 2008

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    "utterly excellent"

    of course everything is relative, but I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book. There was an element of this book for which I had particular empathy, but regardless of your background I found this book as being particularly special. I hope others read it and get as much enjoyment from it as I did.

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