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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.

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very good

I was not sure what I was expecting in this book, but it was very good. I will want you that I found it tugging very fiercely at my heart strings and there were a couple of times in public while listening I start balling much to the uncomfortable feel of those around me...

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Wonderful

Great little story told from the dog's view. Loved the audio version! Funny, engaging and warm-hearted. Being from Seattle loved the references.

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Beautifully written

At first I did not think it would be a good story but then as it developed I appreciated the well written narrative of the dogs voice.

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Heartwarming, funny, poignant...

If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

Man's Best Friend

Who was your favorite character and why?

Enzo, of course!

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

He has a great voice for narration

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

Enzo. The book was a story told from his vantage. It was wonderful to hear a dog's point of view of all the things that happen in their lives.

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LOVED IT!

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  • Rob H
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 02-16-15

Not What I Expected

My wife insisted I read this book, as she enjoyed it and thought I would, too. It was not what I expected. I was expecting a fun, light-hearted story, as told through the eyes of a dog. It was not.

There are many sad and depressing parts in this book. Had I known this prior to reading (listening), I probably would have enjoyed it more.

If you have listened to the Iron Druid books - and I highly recommend you do - this is not a dog personality like Oberon. I was kinda-sorta hoping for a persona like that in this dog, as I enjoyed that, but this was not even close. I'm not saying it was a bad portrayal, but again, my expectations going into this book were far off and it took me about half of the book to get into it.

Also, it turns out this wasn't the same book my wife read. There seems to be another book by the same author that's slightly different? We're still trying to sort that out. Her book and this book have different endings.

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May be the best story teller I've ever heard.

The voice is perfect for this book and this story. I wept throughout. If you are a dog lover, you will too. Brilliant.

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Dogs are all heart

The story of Enzo helped with the leaving of my friend Baron. Thank you for a very good story of a good dogs life. May we all have a great good friend as Enzo and Baron.

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  • Jeneane
  • LOUISVILLE, NE, US
  • 02-05-15

Thought provoking on how we look at our world.

Liked itt. perspective of a dog gave insite to human nature. And how you look at 4 leg friends.

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Excellent story!

Enjoyed this book thoroughly. The narrator was an excellent storyteller. I highly recommend this to all listeners & hope you enjoy as I did.

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Emotionally Gripping and Delightfully Performed

From the first few words to the last, Stein's novel holds onto your most basic of emotions: love, anger, sadness, and happiness. If you've ever had a dog you, can immediately relate to the chilling humanness that they possess.

Enzo's life and commentary on Denny's family and situations is well balanced between the things we expect of a dog and the surprising attributes we hold onto as exclusively human.

The narrator seamlessly switches roles without interrupting the flow of the story. His voice is telling in his conviction. Down to the last few words you certainly feel that even as a narrator he is gripped by this story.