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
A funny, happy, sad, irritable and to some extent predictable story. None the less it is a good listen, but have the tissues ready for the sad bits. This story will affect readers as many of us have been touched by separation, death, love and had, or know of a friend with a puppy and watched it mature into a dog. It ends on a happy note, so overall an excellent novel.
Fun. Touching. Clever.
I started to read this book and put it down. Thought it would be too emotional during the first chapter for me. I decided to listen after hearing a sample and LOVED IT! I'm a dog person and fell in love with Enzo. Christopher did a great job narrating. Wonderful storytelling and vocal skills with a voice that is easy to listen to.
Christopher Evan Welch's performance is brilliant!
"Gestures are all that I have." Enzo's limited but profound ability to affect the world around him makes you realize how much we can do with our words and importantly our actions. I don't want to spoil any of the moments but I will say I was so happy when Enzo lets Denny know how he feels about a legal settlement. That was one gesture clearly understood.
His voice, inflection, and cheery determination to be human in a world of struggles was captured by this performance. I also enjoyed the tid pits of Italian at the end; it was a perfect way to end a great story.
I would warn listeners that there is some swearing. The F word is used by a few characters when they lose their tempers. It was enough that I would be careful to whom I recommend the book.
This was such an enjoyable story; it so helped with me with losing my wonderful dog Joe, who would have found Enzo totally lovable
getting rid of that horrid nurse who locked him in the garage
Enzo, coz he was SO right (Joe told me so)!
The book ranks very high amongst the others I have listened to. The narrator was very expressive and kept me listening closely even through some slow parts of the story.
Enzo of course. he gave good insight into the life of a dog and what was seen through their eyes.
When Enzo was in the race car with Denny
Of course Enzo.
I believe it would read as well without the audio.
The dog, of course!
I think you can feel Enzo's emotions with his interpretaion. I definitely looked at my four legged friends in a different way.
I enjoyed the funny scene about the crows!
I found the book to be just a bit predictable but still enjoyable.
Tear Jerker Ending
The way he builds the dog character. Its the way i could imagine my dogs talking to me.
Enzo the dog of course
Do not listen to the end of this book in the car on the way to your own bridal shower, you will ruin your make-up and make the women at the shower think you and your fiance just broke up.
I am a glass artist, working from my studio at home. Audio books keep my mind stimulated while my hands are busy.
I savoured every moment of this book, courage and fortitude in every chapter so simply and gently presented. A book for those who don't mind participating with profound emotions.
I love dogs and my husband is into auto racing but this book was more about family and custody battles. It was written well, however I was bored during the meat of the story. The ending was not sad like most 'dog' books and was truely enchanting. Ultimately the last 30 minutes made the whole book 'worth it' though I would not give it a rave review.
I found this very entertaining and I now look at my dog differently. The story was told well and the narration was good. I'm not a race fan but that was ok because the book isn't about racing as I was afraid it might be.
Well told delightful story that shows the writers passion for racing and how these skills can come in handy. A story of success through humility and love.
As a fervent motor racing fan and dog lover this book was just up my street, just loved it. All life is encapsulated by the old dog. It made me laugh and cry best read this year.
"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.
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