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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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    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 03-31-13
    Gloria North Little Rock, AR, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "I love Enzo!"

    From the mouths of babes...uh...dogs. I love Enzo's reflections on life through the eyes of man's best friend and television. This book is a delight from start to finish.

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    Caroline 03-29-13
    Caroline 03-29-13
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    "Lovely"

    A must for dog lovers.... Could not help but get into the story whole heartedly....

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    R. Bruns Texas 03-27-13
    R. Bruns Texas 03-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I have a new favorite character, Enzo."
    Any additional comments?

    Every now and again you meet a character in a book that you know will stay with you always. That's Enzo.

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    Amazon Customer Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 03-26-13
    Amazon Customer Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 03-26-13
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    "It's a 10 for sure!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It starts a bit slowly - but like a race car it quickly steps up the pace chapter by chapter. By the end you are racing with emotion. You almost feel like Enzo - you want to SCREAM at the "twins" but can't.


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to and why?

    A Dog's Purpose - as it is told from the dogs perspective


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

    The way he expresses his (Enzo's) emotions is phenomenal. One of the better narrations I have experienced.


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    Sarah 03-20-13
    Sarah 03-20-13

    I love cooking, my dog, my boyfriend and listening to audiobooks!

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    "Great book for dog lovers and racers!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love audio books beacause I can get stuff done while I am listening.


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

    Yes, the end of the book. I bawled my eyes out. I was sad and then happy! I laughed I cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book for people who love to race and people who love dogs!

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    Cassandra 03-19-13
    Cassandra 03-19-13

    I'm a mom, daughter, wife, friend, sister, athlete, and teacher... Oh, and I'm lucky enough to have been born and raised in Hawaii. My reading tastes reflect all of this.

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    "LOVE this dog!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    It has been 2 or 3 years since I listened to "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and Enzo's voice has stayed with me. Here's a little sample"

    “Here's why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot talk, so I listen very well. I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another's conversations constantly. It's like being a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street. For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the time I needed to get a soccer ball in my neighbor's yard but his dog chased me and I had to jump into a swimming pool to escape, and I began telling the story, you, hearing the words "soccer" and "neighbor" in the same sentence, might interrupt and mention that your childhood neighbor was Pele, the famous soccer player, and I might be courteous and say, Didn't he play for the Cosmos of New York? Did you grow up in New York? And you might reply that, no, you grew up in Brazil on the streets of Tres Coracoes with Pele, and I might say, I thought you were from Tennessee, and you might say not originally, and then go on to outline your genealogy at length. So my initial conversational gambit - that I had a funny story about being chased by my neighbor's dog - would be totally lost, and only because you had to tell me all about Pele. Learn to listen! I beg of you. Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal their stories.”


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

    I loved every aspect of Denny's relationship with Enzo.


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

    Not yet...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and I cried. And I cried, and I cried, and smiled...


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    reader 03-17-13
    reader 03-17-13
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    "Good Story. Very interesting point of view: Enzo"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Dog's perception of life


    What other book might you compare The Art of Racing in the Rain to and why?

    Merle's Door. They both give you great insight into the way a dog might think


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

    It was all written in the dog, Enzo's, voice. Which he kept interesting


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

    When Enzo is talking about Eve's cancer, her release from the hospital and it's effect on the family.


    Any additional comments?

    A very different book. I loved that it was a story written from the dog's point of view, in his words, and with his (Enzo's) view of life. Enzo's life, the family's life and his reincarnation in the next life. The contrast between what Enzo thinks as a dog and as the human that he believes he will become in his next reincarnation is very well thought out and imaginative without being unbelievable. I'd like to see what else Garth Stein has written.

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    Heidi Santa Margarita, CA, United States 03-14-13
    Heidi Santa Margarita, CA, United States 03-14-13
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    "Excellent!"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    A great story that folds the love of dogs, family, car racing, and philosophy into one great read/listen! Superb job on narration.


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    Claire Riverside, CA, United States 03-13-13
    Claire Riverside, CA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sweet, poignant, and touching"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a dog lover this book will give you an added dimension to the love you hold for the animal. Smart, funny, and sensitive, it's a story that stimulates the imagination to wonder whether our faithful animals could really hold an opinion we have no idea of. This book is a mixture of spiritual and emotional insights into the human condition only a dog could notice. I loved the journey from beginning to end that we all take, as dog owners, with our beloved companions. And we get the wonderful surprise of an ending we don't expect. Always fun. Even if you're not a dog lover this book holds a unique perspective into the inner workings of the human mind, and the human heart, as told by the canine, our most loyal companion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the personal insights made by the story-teller, Enzo, that were his own personal insights but that mirrored what goes on inside the human psyche. Some real and true observations are couched inside the dog's mind.


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

    I am a woman so I liked the make voice since this is a male dog. I wouldn't have had that perspective if I had read the book instead of listened to it. His delivery was seamless and genuine and believable as the dog Enzo.


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

    Yes.


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    Mona Dubai, United Arab Emirates 03-13-13
    Mona Dubai, United Arab Emirates 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "You just can't help but love Enzo"

    I LOVED this story. It was so simple and so true. It took all of that innocence and loyalty and silly happiness that dogs have, got right past my defenses and hit me where it hurt with short and sweet observations on human nature that just rung true. This all while telling an engaging story with characters I believed. They were very real to me and I was sad when I'd finished this book but also felt like I'd been fed some soul food. Do it, buy it!

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