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 dog =)))
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.
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!
He has a charismatic voice. I enjoyed his narration and believed him as Enzo's voice.
Listen to this book!
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.
I enjoyed the dog input...
No. But I do like his voice. I know that I will enjoy listening to him in the future.
There were a few moments that move me... but I won't mention them... don't want to give anything away.
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....
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.
Yes, because it was well written and carried a very sweet message. The narrative performance was well done and enjoyable.
The fact that it was surprisingly enjoyable. I love animals and especially dogs but I was afraid that this story might be too melodramatic.
He was, very effectively, the "voice" of the dog.
No. I rarely have that much time to commit to listening to a book. I generally listen as I am able to listen.
Thank you for making these audio books available and easily attainable!
When the dog smells the cancer
not quite but very good
I would love to think this is really how a dog feels
The Art of Racing in the Rain ranks as one of my top 10 in all the audiobooks I've listened to so far.
Seeing the world from a dog's perspective was fresh, new, and surprisingly poignant.
Christopher Evan Welch read with feeling and without manipulation. He just lets the listener feel what he or she fees without trying to coerce.
One of the most original films of the year!
Thoroughly enjoyed my time spent listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain!
Audio is much better. The emotion is there when there's a narratorTh
The ending is unforgettable
Enzo the dog who touched me so much that I now have an ENZO shirtEnz
Enzo's dad and of course Enzo. They are commited.
Passed this book up a long time because of the auto racing theme. Was I wrong!
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.
Yes, definitely, I enjoyed every moment of this book, the dog, Enzo, is both intelligent and funny.
Enzo himself. For one thing, his imagination during the trial.
No, this is the first, haven't found another yet.
Enzo, the wonderdog.
hope there are many more coming from Mr. Rosenfeldt.
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