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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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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

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

So sweet

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

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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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  • JJS1
  • McDonough, GA USA
  • 11-17-14

Delightful surprise

What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

The story and the narration.

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I'm not a dog lover and I have absolutely NO interest in racing and I LOVED this book. The story was great, the narration matched the story and the characters. Can't remember why I decided to try this, unless it was other reviews but I was so glad I did. My favorite audio book.
I would have given it a full 5 stars across the board, but I really don't like profanity in books, especially when it adds nothing to the story. The profanity was not all the way through, but it will keep me from recommending it to many of my friends and family.

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Love Dogs Love This Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you love dogs you will cherish this story told through the lens of man's best friend.

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touched me at my love core for my golden girl!

What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

the humor

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

the dog's deep compassion for his owner while speaking of being uthenized

Which scene was your favorite?

the dog's ride in the race car at the track

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

Eve

Any additional comments?

wonderful image of the mind of a loved dog

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I never write reviews BUT....

Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

Yes, it's such a heartwarming love story of a dog. I'll never look at my doggies the same way again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Denny and Enzo, of course

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

No, I haven't but I'd be interested to.

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

Enzo was the star of the book so obviously, he's who I adore the most.

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Okay, so I was meandering around Audible, trying to find the next book to pass my time when I wandered upon this one. I can't even imagine what drew me to this particular title but I had credits to burn so here we go. Wow...I can honestly say that this has been the most enjoyable book I've listened to in longer than I can remember. I've listened to it twice now, each time gaining some insight into it and loving dogs more. It's incredible and Mr. Stein perfectly describes how dogs worship and genuinely love their owners...and pretty much everyone. I adore this book. Heartwarming, sad, loving and kind. It will restore your faith in humanity without you even realizing it's happening.

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Touching to hear from a dog's perspective

I enjoyed this audio book a lot. The story, told from a dog's perspect, felt genuine and touching. I didn't give it a five-star because I found the plot somewhat unsophisticated (slightly predictable and idealistic). But the point of the story was a dog's inner world and that was done well. Overall I had a great audio experience since I prefer reading complicated books and listening to simpler books.

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Best book ever

Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Totally captivating. Perfect narration, perfect storytelling.

What did you like best about this story?

Human emotions through a loyal dog's eyes

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

No...don't think so.

If you could take any character from The Art of Racing in the Rain out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Enzo....definitely Enzo