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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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    k 03-12-13
    k 03-12-13

    Finding the next great book to recommend to friends is an obsession I don't feel guilty about.

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    "Best Narrator Ever!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook with gusto. I loved the narrator! Add in the descriptive and symbolic nuances of race car driving, the perspective of a true friend and it's a winner! Garth Stein captures the innocence and intelligence of his main character with such finesse and honesty.


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

    The reunion at the end brought such a sense of validation, a perfect full circle of closure.


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

    Who wouldn't love Enzo, a character with such a sense of loyalty, trust, innocence and wisdom.


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

    Enzo's battle with the stuffed animals was so heartbreaking and yet humorous. Or it was humorous but heartbreaking. Either way, I wanted to just reach out my arms and hold Enzo and tell him everything was going to be okay.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to exploring what else Mr. Stein has written.

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    K. Houston Arlington, VT, United States 03-11-13
    K. Houston Arlington, VT, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Horse Play

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    "Nice, Easy, Relaxing Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because of the unique perspective the narrator, Enzo, brings to the story. At the end of the book, I found myself concienciously making an effort to listen more...talk less. Enzo can teach us many things, including dying with dignity and grace.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Telling the story from the vantage point of a very intelligent dog.


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

    Narration really drew me in. I think if Enzo could talk, he'd sound just like Christopher Evan Welch.


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

    I cried at the end, and I laughed at Enzo's sense of humour.


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    Arlene CHESTER, VT, United States 03-07-13
    Arlene CHESTER, VT, United States 03-07-13
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    "LOVED IT"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    IT was a wonderful story and the voice of the dog was perfect. And it was perfecty done. Sad, of course, but still very very good.


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

    A little like a DOG PURPOSE and A DOG"S JOURNEY by Cameron, also 2 excellent books.


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

    no


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Mary Beth Harris 03-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Who would have thought our dogs knew us so well?"
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I was really pleasantly surprised to find that a book written from a unique (but potentially bad) perspective of a dying dog could be so insightful and interesting. The book is a real page turner, telling a story while conveying a profound meditation on many of life's lessons: living in the present, family love, friendship, and chasing your dreams.


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

    The scenes in which you can (if you're a dog lover like me) really hear the dog's voice and identify with his "Dogness." These scenes made me laugh and cry at the same time.


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

    I have not listened to the Narrator's performances but would love to find more titles like this one with him at the helm.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Man's best friend has a lot to teach us about being a man.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this book. Really memorable, thoughtful, and well done.

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    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-06-13
    Amazon Customer TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't like the use of reincarnation."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are into reincarnation and who enjoy the idea of a dog having a low-brow mentality like a character from the TV show "Cheers" will enjoy this.


    What could Garth Stein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author could have left out the part about reincarnation and the a** word. It seemed to be written for a low-brow audience. That's not me.


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

    The narrator was excellent. I had no objection to his voice. I thought he brought a nice personal touch to the story. It's just too bad that I didn't like the way the book was written.


    What character would you cut from The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I only got through the first few minutes - just enough to hear about the dog. I don't think the dog was well-represented. Dogs are not characters from the TV show "Cheers." The book made the dog sound stupid and low-minded.


    Any additional comments?

    Again - I only got through the first few minutes because of the reference to reincarnation and the language. As a lover of animal books - particularly the ones where the animals have a voice in the story - I was severely disappointed in the way the dog was represented.

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    Bharath India 03-04-13
    Bharath India 03-04-13

    I'm very new to the audiobooks. But very impressed with the amount of quality material available on this site. Being an avid reader myself, i'm sure i'm gonna enjoy listening all this

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    "A story of redemption and hope, riveting!!!"

    I would be very honest to tell you that this isn't an extraordinary story with suspense or romance or thrills filled in each chapter; but what I can tell you is it's a story which has the heart at its right place!! What makes it even more riveting is that it's been told from the point of view of the man's most loyal friend-the dog. Enzo(dog's character) teaches all of us a lesson in every walk of human life; be it never giving up, loving your family, fighting for what you believe in... This got me hooked up from the start and never let me get bored even for a single second. Great read and I hope you won't be disappointed by this!!! Go on and pick up your Ipod and give it a go....

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    Jan Hutchison Montell, TX 03-04-13
    Jan Hutchison Montell, TX 03-04-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Most excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I can't say without having read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have long thought that there was more to dogs than most people think. This book was an excellent representation of that. Who could think differently after sitting and looking down into those soulful eyes. While I do not worship dogs, I do think very highly of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The possessed zebra.


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

    Enzo


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    Bonnie 03-04-13
    Bonnie 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A horse is just a horse - OH, it's a dog"

    “A horse is just a horse of course” (“Mr. Ed” the old sit com) and although it does not rime, Enzo, is a dog of course.

    Reading “The Art of Racing in The Rain” as the same kind of genre, BUT this, although narrated by Enzo is a quick, fun read with Enzo, the dog, being the narrator. You see the good and bad in his master’s life through his eyes.

    I have to say that one part toward the end of this novel is a real stretch to believe, but upon rereading it and seeing that it is in italics, I now see that this was what Enzo would have done for Denny if he could have, not necessarily what really happened. This segment shows Enzo's loyalty to Denny. However, I had a difficult time figuring this out and thought the section should have been left out.

    Seeing a dysfunctional family through the eyes of a worldly wise dog was an enjoyable read. Enzo shifted between seeing human frailty and “doggy” pissed when he defecated on something that belonged to someone he disliked or chewed the little girl’s stuffed animals.

    Enzo is still a true hero in the way he influences and communicates with Denny, Eve and his family.

    The teenager from the Preppie School that tried to frame him. I don’t think so… That is why I gave it one less star.

    Still loved the story.


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    Joseph Warren 03-04-13

    Say something about yourself!

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

    The story was heart warming. It was really funny at parts, and had some dark turns. Not an intellectual book, but it was a highly entertaining one.


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

    Great tone of voice.


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

    I loved the dogs theories. The ending was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Easy enough to listen to while driving, but I couldn't leave it in the car. I blazed through this one.

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    Dean 03-04-13
    Dean 03-04-13 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Great human intrest story from unique perspective"

    This is a great story from a unique perspective...that of a dog. This is a story about a dog and his man...and racing too. I have listened to this book three times now...it is that good.

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