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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.

An Audible for Dogs Pick: Make your dog's day. Cesar Millan shares how audiobooks can make dogs happier and calmer. Learn more.
©2008 Bright White Light, LLC (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • NinaDP
  • North Carolina, USA
  • 09-05-16

Bittersweet; beautiful!

I loved this book! I hesitated reading it for a long time because it tells us from the get-go that the dog dies at the end, but I was bullied into reading it. It's absolutely beautiful! I love how Enzo, the dog, narrates the story. The audiobook performer is AWESOME!
A must read!

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 06-29-16

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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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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  • LovinIt
  • Fresno, CA, United States
  • 06-09-16

Quite enjoyable and everyone seems to love it

Everyone I know well told another person how great it was. I do not know another book that we can all discuss and comment on happily together.

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Touching story

A very touching story from a dog's but maybe more convening way. The story ending is a bit too rosy to expect in a real life.

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loved it

finished book in less than 24 hours. kept me captivated. a very sweet book from a dog's perspective. makes me want to hug my puppy:-)

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Fantastic book!

This book made me fall in love with my pup all over again. An emotional rollercoaster worth the ride.

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Outstanding read

What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

Beautifully written - Enzo is a great narrator and the story unfolds in very satisfying manner.

What did you like best about this story?

The surprises along the way.

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

He does a great job of keeping his voice out of the story, just adding emphasis and inflection when it makes sense.

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

Enzo, of course.

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One of the best

This book was so well performed that I thought I was inside Enzo's mind and the story is wonderful from the start. I write very, very few reviews, but had to share how excellent this book is.

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Great read

Great book for lovers of Ferraris and drivers and dogs and friendship. Trust me on this one, from one Motörhead to another. And it's deep too.

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