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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.

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©2008 Bright White Light, LLC; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    David Bogart, GA, USA 01-12-15
    David Bogart, GA, USA 01-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good, but Villains Are a Bit Cartoonish"

    I enjoyed the book and found it inspirational. I had 2 problems with the book. 1. The villains are a bit too unrealistic and cartoonish. 2. It bothered me that several sentences at the end of Chapter 47, when talking about Ayrton Senna, the author borrows a little too liberally from the book Illusions by Richard Bach.

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    redhead in oz 01-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "And I don't even like dogs"

    WOW
    I chose this audiobook largely based on reviews and was not disappointed.
    Such an original premise, written from the point of view of a dog, it was just really moving, funny and thought-provoking.
    I have recommended it to all my friends
    I'm VERY much a cat person (not cat-lady, that's entirely different) but its a universal tale of devotion, life and family.
    Plus, the narrator nailed it.

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    Michelle 01-09-15
    Michelle 01-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A great finish!"

    After such a great ending, I wish I could give this book 5 stars, but the first half was slow and not that interesting. However, I really really enjoyed it as a whole!

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    Amy 01-07-15
    Amy 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a great story"

    I couldn't put it down, now I look at my dogs and wonder what they're thinking. I wonder if they ever wish they could talk to me like Enzo

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    "Never thought I'd say I loved a race car story!"

    The first time I listened to this book, I couldn't forget the "everybody should read this book " quality. I gifted the printed version to a sixteen year old foster boy, then realized I didn't remember the details well enough to do random gifting with it. I listened for a second time and was very pleased with the choice. To some young man out there: read it. Please, please read this quirky, wise and wonderful book from your mysterious Santa Lady.

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    carol ester 01-02-15
    carol ester 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"

    Beautifully and sensitively written. Loved every moment of this story. Especially the argument about why dogs are closer to human than apes.

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    Liz Bauer Mt. Pleasant, SC USA 12-30-14
    Liz Bauer Mt. Pleasant, SC USA 12-30-14
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    "Not at all what I was expecting!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is in my top ten of books!


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

    When the grandparents showed their true colors.


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

    The dog, of course.


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

    I little crying did occur while listening to this book.


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    Gitte Copenhagen, Denmark 12-22-14
    Gitte Copenhagen, Denmark 12-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "We had a good run, and now it’s over; what’s wrong"

    This was a cute and somewhat trivial story. We have a family: Denny, Eve and their daughter Zoë. When Eve dies, her manipulative parents try to take Zoë away from Denny. First by bribing him, then by lawsuit. There’s nothing new to this storyline. What makes the novel a bit different is that it’s told from Enzo’s, Denny’s dog, point of view. That was a cute twist.

    But that’s about it. It’s one of those predictable stories you’ve heard a billion times before. It brings nothing new to the scene. It’s good enough for light entertainment. Perhaps a nice holiday-read.

    I’m really racking my brain trying to find something more to say about this book, but I guess this is it: it’s not bad, it entertained me, it’s cute, but nothing special.

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    Isaac San Francisco, CA, United States 12-17-14
    Isaac San Francisco, CA, United States 12-17-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "So sweet"

    Such a sweet story , great for helping let go of a pet loss in your life.

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    Gretchen 12-06-14
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    "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

    Beautifully written. A rich story told from the perspective of the loyal dog. This was on my wish list for a long time. I kept putting off listening to it, but I am so glad I finally did. It far exceeded my expectations. Definitely one of the very best books I listened to this year.

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