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
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!!
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.
This is one of the best audio-books I've listened to over the past several years.
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.
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..
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!
Loving, faith , wisdom
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.
I liked the tone of his voice and how he paced the story-telling.
Listen to your dog!
One suggestion is that Christopher Evan Welch have more inflection in his voice in certain areas would have improved the storytelling.
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.
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.
"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.
"Art of racing in the rain"
This is the best book I have read in a very very long time thoroughly enjoyed it
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 .
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