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 narration done in the dog's voice.
Seeing your life through your animal's eyes and heart and how that animal loves you through all your faults.
He captured the heart of the dog.
I was not sure I would like it, since I am not into race cars; but I did nothing the whole day and listened to it straight through.
I wouldn't know.
My goodness, there were so many. The whole book was memorable with characters to love and root for, a difficult story and lessons learned as seen through the eyes of a dog. I thought that aspect who be weird but it wasn't.
I was sad when it ended. I felt like I knew the characters and would miss them.
I would absolutely listen to this book again, and have plans to do so on a road trip so that my husband can hear it, too.
Enzo, of course, because he is so wise and endearing. Other than Enzo, Luca was probably my favorite character because for being in the novel for such a short time, he is a very well-developed character.
I'm not particularly emotional when listening to audiobooks, but if I were, I'm sure I would have cried.
Give this book a shot. You won't be sorry.
The Best Yet
I have been listening to Audiobooks for over five years and this woderful book has to rank as one of the best I have ever listened to.
I would and have. Especially for any who has pets. It's such a unique perspective, seeing life as your dog sees it.
The point of view really made the story for me, especially in light of the excellent characterization of Enzo. He's a fully developed character and so fun to follow. At times the story was so heart-wrenching that I had to stop, but the need to know what Enzo would say or do next drew me back in. He unique perspective on everything was though-provoking. I particularly like his feud with the crows. His experience in the race car actually made me want to take a drive in one too, something I've never had any inclination to do.
What the Dog Saw.
I have not read the print version and this was my first audio book. It was perfect. I can listen to passages over and over again. I look forward to reading the print version.
There are many memorable moments in this book and I bookmarked many. I loved the hot lap, It was full of Enzo's bursting joy and excitement and absolute glow as he sat beside Deni racing down the track.
His voice. It is the voice of a noble labrador. The cadence, the tension, the release, the change of person are so clear and effortless.
It made me laugh and cry.
Thank you, Audible, for recommending the book.
My yellow Labrador Retreiver Sasha passed away recently at age 14. This book was highly recommended to me and I enjoyed it from the first page. The story is beautiful and the narration was the best I have ever heard. I laughed and cried like so many other reviewers. Unlike any other book, I felt like this was written just for me. And the timing could not have been more perfect and it helped put a lot of things into perspective. It is difficult to say much more without giving key aspects of the story away. I highly recommend it. For anyone who has has a truly lived with a great dog, who was a family member and loving friend -- not a pet, this wonderful book celebrates that very special and unforgettable experience. Thank you Sasha!
I really loved the way racing metaphors were used to share insights about life. Made even more touching and enjoyable because the narration was from a dog's (Enzo's) perspective. Sad and uplifting.
When Enzo comes back as a child and reunites with Denny
When Enzo is getting ready to let go of life and he knows he will come back as a man to re-unite with Denny, and when lets go to run faster and faster with only the sky and the wind and the earth and no fences - free.
No, reading is always better because the imagination conjures images. The recorded version is a close second, but the voice led my images. I am still gonna buy audiobooks.
Enzo, he is a metaphor for so many things.
The pace and when he spoke in the dog's voice.
Compelling, Rich, Real
This is a story that touches on so many topics, areas of life, and relationships it could easily become muddy. However, that never happens, the little insights into life and relationships and the shifts of plot all meld seamlessly. It keeps moving and keeps you thinking all while you fall into the story and deeper in love with the characters. You will go through the range of emotions with these characters and love the ride the whole time!
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