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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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    Sharleen LAKE STEVENS, WA, United States 10-18-11
    Sharleen LAKE STEVENS, WA, United States 10-18-11
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    "A must listen/read"

    I absolutely adore this book!! Enzo the Dog will have you laughing and crying! He tells the story of his life with such realness and heart that it makes you want to be like him!! Do yourself a favor and get this book...I promise you will not be sorry!!

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    Marilyn CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States 10-17-11
    Marilyn CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States 10-17-11
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    "Heart Warming"

    This was a well written book with life as seen through a dog's eyes. I fell in love with both the dog and his owner. I am a picky reader (listener) and have no complaints in any way. Highly recommended.

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    Christopher CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 10-15-11
    Christopher CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The wisdom of man and dog"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio-books I've listened to over the past several years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Getting to know life through Enzo was so wonderful. Amazingly, it never felt like a gimmick, though it is hard to describe the book without it seeming gimmicky.


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    katherine n.eastham, ma, United States 10-13-11
    katherine n.eastham, ma, United States 10-13-11
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    "Enzo, I will miss you"

    Enzo, I will miss you and Denny in my car racing to work everyday rain or shine. I loved this book as an audio experience..not even sure how the written word tops this it.
    My advise: Sit back and let this brilliant book just happen..you will fall into love with the loyal and wise Enzo and never look at your own dog the same way again, but, don't expect your standard man meets dog, loves dog, loses dog kind of story. This dog and his family will be in your heart forever and that tells you alot about this unexpected joy of a book..

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    Marie 10-13-11
    Marie 10-13-11
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    "One of my favorite books ever!"

    I cannot tell you how much I loved this book! Garth Stein adeptly uses his knowledge of high performance car racing as a metaphor for navigating life's joys and sorrows, triumphs and tragedies. But the cool thing is that he tells it all through the eyes of a dog named Enzo.

    Surely, anyone who's ever owned a pet--particularly a dog--has wondered what that pet is thinking. Stein artfully crafts this story about the life of Enzo and his master, Denny, from the time he was just a puppy until his passing at a ripe-old age in dog years. (But the story doesn't quite end there, thankfully.)

    Denny is single when he adopts Enzo; they love each other deeply and life couldn't be better. Then Denny meets and marries a wonderful woman; Enzo is a bit jealous. But eventually he warms to her as she warms to him. Denny and his wife have a baby; Enzo is protective. Enzo's keen sense of smell alerts him of impending danger, but he is powerless to tell those he loves, and life turns dark for Denny for a long time.

    I know virtually nothing about racing, other than what I have watched on TV, but through this story I learned to appreciate the nuances of driving--particularly driving a course in the rain. That, in turn, taught me a thing or two about navigating those slippery, scary times in life.

    Listening to this book, I laughed (really hard), I cried (tears down the cheeks!), and I got angry (really angry). And I thought a little more about how my own pet and I communicate. I know parts of this book will resonate in me for a while.

    In the end, I realized that this is one of my favorite books I've ever read. I'll probably listen to it several more times in coming years -- something I almost never do. Thanks, Garth!



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    Deborah United States 10-12-11
    Deborah United States 10-12-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved It!"

    Great story and great reader. Couldn't stop listening. Made me laugh and cry.

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    S.Denise Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-08-11
    S.Denise Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A Faithful Dog"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Loving, faith , wisdom


    What could Garth Stein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't have any suggestions- it was written very well! I wanted to to keep listening to the audiobook in order to find out what happened.


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

    I liked the tone of his voice and how he paced the story-telling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Listen to your dog!


    Any additional comments?

    One suggestion is that Christopher Evan Welch have more inflection in his voice in certain areas would have improved the storytelling.

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    Cathy NAMPA, ID, United States 09-26-11
    Cathy NAMPA, ID, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this dog"

    This book was a great read. The voice of the dog telling us the story was perfectly written and I couldn't wait to read more.

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    Canning Hastings, Australia 09-18-11
    Canning Hastings, Australia 09-18-11
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    "The Art of Racing in The Rain"

    A beautiful story of love and bond ship between a man and his dog through life's journeys and triumphs told through the voice of the dog. As a dog owner it was beautifully narrated and had me laughing and crying all the way through with Enzo. Such a great book that will leave a lasting impression.

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    Learning Spanish Florida 09-17-11
    Learning Spanish Florida 09-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "very sweet"

    If you own a dog, this may be must reading. But then I give thee stars to anything with a dog in it.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • A User
    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.

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  • Julie
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    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.

    0 of 0 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.

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  • Ms
    Bedlington, United Kingdom
    7/3/11
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    "Art of racing in the rain"

    This is the best book I have read in a very very long time thoroughly enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
    5/7/10
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    "Very moving"

    This story made me cry.... Am I just soppy or can an writer just sometimes write so well that you forget you are listening to fiction . I challenge anyone who has owned and mourned the loss of the family pet not to be moved by this storey . If you liked Marley and Me by John Grogan you really should listen to this the twist is this gem is written from the point of view of Enzo who is the family dog. Listen and enjoy just keep the tissues handy for the end .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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