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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Written by: 
Garth Stein
Narrated by: 
Christopher Evan Welch
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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    Alla United States 05-07-12
    Alla United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great character"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Probably.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    The dog =)))


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how both the author and the narrator developed the character - the proud and independent dog (a thinker and a racer at heart) who is at the same time just a dog that wants love and can get jealous. I usually don't like books that threaten to have a sad endings, but this ending was not sad, but very hopeful.

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    Kim Michigan 05-06-12
    Kim Michigan 05-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Animal lovers must read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful. The story is wonderful. This is a book that you will drive around the block a few times. Maybe slightly predictable but if you have a heart you will like this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enzo!


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a charismatic voice. I enjoyed his narration and believed him as Enzo's voice.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    Enzo 500


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jmcolorado 05-04-12
    jmcolorado 05-04-12
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    "Great listening..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version, but since this is unabridged, isn't this the same as a book?
    I would probably not have even bought the book. I very glad I chose the audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I enjoyed the dog input...


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I do like his voice. I know that I will enjoy listening to him in the future.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few moments that move me... but I won't mention them... don't want to give anything away.


    Any additional comments?

    When I got this story, I wasn't to sure about it, because I not really in to cars etc... I picked it out, because it's the dog who's telling the story. I'm glad I got this and in the future I plan to listen to it again....

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    Murray Clifton Grove, Australia 05-01-12
    Murray Clifton Grove, Australia 05-01-12
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    "A great read and I was very sorry when it was over"
    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this to many friends and family members whether or not they are 'god people'. The story is strong and very original and provides great entertainment.
    I am really surprised that a story told in such an unusual way could have me so engrossed and involoved.
    I was genuinely sorry when this story was concluded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Hicks Mount Prospect, IL United States 04-30-12
    Elizabeth Hicks Mount Prospect, IL United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Nice Surprise!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it was well written and carried a very sweet message. The narrative performance was well done and enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it was surprisingly enjoyable. I love animals and especially dogs but I was afraid that this story might be too melodramatic.


    What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was, very effectively, the "voice" of the dog.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I rarely have that much time to commit to listening to a book. I generally listen as I am able to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for making these audio books available and easily attainable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica CAMPBELL, MO, United States 04-30-12
    Jessica CAMPBELL, MO, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Sweet story with a slight manly edge"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    When the dog smells the cancer


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not quite but very good


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to think this is really how a dog feels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    delise 04-30-12
    delise 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wasn't Sure What to Expect"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Art of Racing in the Rain ranks as one of my top 10 in all the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    Seeing the world from a dog's perspective was fresh, new, and surprisingly poignant.


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

    Christopher Evan Welch read with feeling and without manipulation. He just lets the listener feel what he or she fees without trying to coerce.


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

    One of the most original films of the year!


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed my time spent listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 04-30-12
    Elizabeth 04-30-12
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    "The best book I have had in years.A"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    Audio is much better. The emotion is there when there's a narratorTh


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    The ending is unforgettable


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    Enzo the dog who touched me so much that I now have an ENZO shirtEnz


    If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Enzo's dad and of course Enzo. They are commited.


    Any additional comments?

    Passed this book up a long time because of the auto racing theme. Was I wrong!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cara 04-30-12
    Cara 04-30-12
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    "Touching Story"

    This story has become my favorite. If you're a dog lover then this will be an interesting perspective. Our dogs feel pain and love and compassion for us, though the eyes of the main character. Using the lessons learned through racing, this book takes the reader through the love and heartache a dog feels for its owner(s) throughout its life. By doing so, the main character helps us see the simplicity of ourselves and the ways we unwittingly and unnecessarily complicate our lives. I found myself wondering how I might see myself, if I needed only the companionship of my family, food, water, and a little play time.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this listen and found myself crying and generally emotionally swayed by the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nini United States 04-27-12
    Nini United States 04-27-12
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    "A most enchanting story, told by a delightful dog."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely, I enjoyed every moment of this book, the dog, Enzo, is both intelligent and funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo himself. For one thing, his imagination during the trial.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first, haven't found another yet.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    Enzo, the wonderdog.


    Any additional comments?

    hope there are many more coming from Mr. Rosenfeldt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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