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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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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 12-06-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 12-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    I was not expecting the setting of this story. Had I known it was the autobiography of a dog with a not especially exciting life I probably would have passed. That would have been my misfortune. This was a wonderful book! Well written and very entertaining. If you are an animal lover especially a dog lover, I highly recommend this book.

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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 04-22-13
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 04-22-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Finally a Great Story and a Great Narrator"

    This book was recommended by a friend, I shall thank her later. She said Long Beach California was being encouraged to read it. That caught my attention, maybe a Long Beach Book Club, the Long Beach Grand Prix, I'm not sure. This is an amazing story, some parts were touching, some had me in tears. If you are a parent or love dogs this will touch your heart. If you are a car guy this is also for you. Some of the lines in the book are now on post-it notes on my desk. Yes, wisdom's are also in this amazing book. The narrator was spot on, well done. He was perfect for this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. Watervliet, NY, United States 10-30-08
    R. Watervliet, NY, United States 10-30-08 Member Since 2005
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    "First Title ever recommend to friends"

    Very well written and read. Does not pull at heart strings but I teared up twice. Before i was 1/4 done i started recommending this book to others because I thought it was so enjoyable. I've listened to almost 200 audiobooks and this is the first that I thought of as being liked by anyone, pet owner or not.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 07-29-08
    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 07-29-08
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    "Stays With You Long After Listening"

    Wow. Not many books have had such an impact on me. The plot (think "It's a Wonderful Life" as told by a dog) would have been a little over the top if it wasn't for the narrator, Enzo the dog. Enzo, the canine philosopher, had me from hello, so to speak. Dog lovers will weep (I did!) with both sadness and happiness.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Peru, IL, United States 06-25-08
    Cory Peru, IL, United States 06-25-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Beatiful Book"

    This book really spoke to me and I would highly recommend it. The way that Enzo tells the story is captivating and leaves you feeling good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Bruns Valley Center, KS USA 06-20-08
    Kristy Bruns Valley Center, KS USA 06-20-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing!"

    One of the best books I've listened to in years. Better than the printed version because narration by the dog in first person is such a great perspective. One of the few books I can recommend to both men and women. The metaphors of car racing are very clever.

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    Reticent Reviewer 06-11-08
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    "A Real Treasure!"

    This is a masterpiece from Stein. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll cheer! You'll cry! A book for people who love dogs, who love racing, who love life!

    Thank you, Mr. Stein.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 04-17-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 04-17-16 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Dog Gone"

    Enzo and Maggie... Enzo is Garth Stein's narrator of "The Art of Racing in the Rain," and Maggie narrates Robert Crais', "Suspect". They are two of the loveliest books that Audio's played for me. Dog lovers will enjoy them both - but perhaps "The Art of Racing In The Rain" the most. Each involves a mystery. Each has tension and yeah, a wallop of heartbreak. But they both tugged me up, not down.

    Christopher Evan Welch gets out of the way becoming almost invisible as he releases the ensemble cast to reveal their story of introspective hope. Uh-huh, Stein manipulatively plucks emotions like a classical guitar's strings. So what? Mozart can do that but Stein can't?

    This is a book you can listen to with your children (say perhaps 10 and older)
    who'll value the metaphorical rain-racing as much as you.

    The book's too short and I wished for some revenge to sink my own canines into. Regardless, I may listen to Enzo again tell me about life's meaning sometime when days are shorter, nights colder, and hope can use some pumping up.

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    Diana 06-29-16
    Diana 06-29-16 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Powerful story, excellent narrator"

    I'm always a little afraid to invest my time and emotions into a book about animals. I poke at them a bit first to make sure they aren't going to break my heart. Maybe it was because I was forced to read Old Yeller and The Little Red Pony in school.

    So, I bought this book because of the reviews and then avoided listening to it for a while by buying other books.

    But, this story is wonderful . . . beautiful . . . word crafting genius . . .

    The story evokes laughter, and reflection on some very interesting observations woven into the tale, and at times sadness. Surprisingly, the auto racing bits in the story were interesting and even exciting and I learned a lot.

    I want to encourage people I know to experience this book too so we can share something special in common. But, they aren't book people, so . . . here you go mysterious fellow audio book lover . . . :)

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    Momzworkin 06-20-16
    Momzworkin 06-20-16
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    "A New Classic"

    I wasn't sure if this would be my kind of book, but it was on sale, and I live dogs. I loved this book! I cried like crazy at the end, but that showed me how invested in had become in it. I highly recommend this book, and plan for it to be the first and maybe only book I have ever listened to twice.

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