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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    Glennis 09-17-12
    Glennis 09-17-12

    Tell us about yourself! Enjoy biographies ,artists, prize winning literature.Enjoy listening to stories while exercising, reading,or when I can't sleep. Some books I have heard parts of several tim es, which isdifferent from reading abook, and really opens my mind to different aspects of characters and the setting.

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    "All animal lover's good read... with a twist."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Oh yes,it has an amazing insight into the mysterious "thinking" of man's best friend the dog!. Lovely story about a man his dog and more..


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The first person is a dog . He has an amazing insight to the characters and situation.


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

    the human approach and actions compared to those of the silent witness the dog.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

    The dog.


    Any additional comments?

    Possibly a good book to get a young adult animal lover reading.?

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    yorkiemom Atlanta, GA 09-16-12
    yorkiemom Atlanta, GA 09-16-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Not enough words for how wonderful this book is"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me believe in the connection between a dog and his family.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have ever had a beloved pet, do yourself a favor and read this book....I am willing to bet you won't be sorry for a minute spent with Enzo.

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    Mike Spring Hill, FL, United States 09-15-12
    Mike Spring Hill, FL, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Read! For kids try "Racing In The Rain"."

    Not normally the type of book I read. A friend recommended it to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it and bought it for other friends and family. I was glad to see that another version titled just "Racing in the Rain" was offered that cleaned up some of the only adult related situations so I could pass it on to my kids to read.

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    Leslie Catt 09-13-12
    Leslie Catt 09-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Listened in one day"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    The narration was wonderful. It made the dog become real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, the dog, he had amazing insight.


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

    He gave Enzo a voice and a personality that reading couldn't do.


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

    I would take Denny's wife out to dinner. She needs to know to go to the Dr. and get her final wishes in writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book!

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    Michael Las Cruces, NM, United States 09-13-12
    Michael Las Cruces, NM, United States 09-13-12 Listener Since 2009

    Why is it that I cannot get enough Zombie Books?

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    "Wow!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    original voice and Wisdom beyond human. You will understand if you hear it.


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

    Enzo


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

    Wisdom beyond his Dog years


    Any additional comments?

    wonderful read

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    J. United States 09-12-12
    J. United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "sadly, i don't know what the fuss is about..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    not particularly. found it a bit tedious, a nice little fable about a family's life, told from the dog's point of view, but the dog's point of view was the most notable thing about it. any dog-lover or one who has lived with a dog already knows these "insights" brought to us through his telling.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Garth Stein? Why or why not?

    nah, the storytelling itself was a bit tedious and elementary.


    What aspect of Christopher Evan Welch’s performance would you have changed?

    he didn't have much to work with, imo, and so can't really criitque his reading, altho his voice was pleasant enough.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    no.

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    Stephanie United States 09-12-12
    Stephanie United States 09-12-12
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    "Fantastic."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Absolutely. This was a truly unexpected gem of a tale and Christopher Welch really understands the narrators inner world. The writing and narration go perfectly together.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator's point of view is wonderfully unique. He is full of the insights and wisdom that come from being a "Zen" like observer of those around him; as well as the fallibility and emotional impulsivity of interacting with our loved ones on a daily basis.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that lingers. It is a wonderfully and painfully human story about love, family, healing, and the power of keeping your eyes focused on the road ahead.

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    Ashley Los Angeles, CA 09-10-12
    Ashley Los Angeles, CA 09-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Fantastic. Just get it."

    I had never heard of the book before I came across it on audible.com. I love everything about this story and the way the book is read.

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    Barbara Cail Australia 09-10-12
    Barbara Cail Australia 09-10-12
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    "For people who love dogs - great experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It touches all the emotions and the narrator - the dog - is brilliant.


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

    Seemingly understanding the emotions of grief


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

    Excellent


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

    There were several. The sensitivity of the story is outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    A great escape from the world which is increasingly focused on power and consumption.

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    DLaraway ALBANY, NY, United States 09-09-12
    DLaraway ALBANY, NY, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended this audiobook. I thought it was creatively written and very relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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