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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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    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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    David Penrith, Australia 03-01-13
    David Penrith, Australia 03-01-13

    I am legally blind and talking books are the way I survive.

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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    This is a must read. I sat listening to this masterpiece with my Labrador at my feet and I could not help but wonder what she was thinking and who was in fact master.

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    Fay 02-28-13
    Fay 02-28-13
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    "Racing in the Rain - Excellent"

    I don't usually like books that anthropomorphosize animals. It's an eye-rolling premise. Normally. This is not a 'normal' book. This is a little piece of written artwork and the dog's narrative was perfect. No one else could have done it. This book is about a dog and his man, about racing cars, about how families support and betray each other, about success and failure, about living and dying, and mostly about love. This is a story told by a dog on the verge of human-hood.

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    Marcia BELLEFONTAINE, OH, United States 02-25-13
    Marcia BELLEFONTAINE, OH, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Hard to put down"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The person that did the reading had a very pleasant voice.
    I was surprised with the story line. Enjoyed to the end.


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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 02-25-13
    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Story"

    A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I had no idea what I'd been missing all these years. I realize this is an older book, but if you missed this like I did, please take the time to listen to it. The narrator was PERFECT for this story as well which makes all the difference.

    This entire novel is told from the dog's point of view. As a dog lover, I really appreciated this approach. I'm convinced half the time that my dogs really do understand when I talk to them, so this was a wonderful indulgence to hear what the dog thinks when he's being spoken to or to know what he's observed.

    It's a well-written story that kept my attention all the way through and brought up every emotion creating everything from belly-laughs to tears. I highly, highly recommend this!

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    Rita 02-25-13
    Rita 02-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderfully engaging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed this book and couldnt wait for opportunities to
    steal away and be with this family.


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

    I was attacked with a frieght train of emotion at the end when Denny realizs Enzo has come back to him. What love between two souls!


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

    Enzo. It is amazing to get a glimpse of such profound wisdom and compassion surrounded by a ball of frustration for being bound by physical limitations. What a masterful writer for portraying it in a a way that you can actually feel it.


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

    I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting but I also knew I didnt want it to end. I cried to the point of heaves as Enzo ran out the back door into the field. I wanted to go back to the chapter when Enzo rode in the racecar!!


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    kristen 02-22-13
    kristen 02-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "THIS WAS A WONDERFUL LISTEN!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is excellent. Told from the dogs perspective....characters were great. You can't help but fall in love with all of them and at times the story is gripping keeping at the edge of my seat. At times laughing and of course crying. This is a MUST listen/Read book and I hear the movie is in production this year....so so so so so good...especially if you are a dog lover!!


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  • The pink one
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    "Enchanting story"

    Well told delightful story that shows the writers passion for racing and how these skills can come in handy. A story of success through humility and love.

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  • Ann & Jim
    10/12/15
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    "brilliant book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a fervent motor racing fan and dog lover this book was just up my street, just loved it. All life is encapsulated by the old dog. It made me laugh and cry best read this year.


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  • Bluebells and Daffodils
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    7/20/15
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    "An all-time favourite!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes. It was a beautiful story, well-written and perfectly read.


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

    It is in a clas of its own.


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

    No, but I will look out for him.


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

    Yes, I laughed and cried...It was an emotional book.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book when I first read it, and I enjoyed it all over again, even more, when I listened to it. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jane joensen
    7/15/14
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    "The dog tells it as it is .."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I am sure the audio book is better than the printed book. It makes the story come very much to life.


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

    I loved the book throughout. My inner child love the idea of the dog telling the story.


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

    The dog


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

    I loved the reincarnation towards the end.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for animal lovers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A M C
    12/1/13
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    "Best accidental find... Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, and have recommended this to friends and family and local book club. It might be a story through a dog's eyes but its a great study of characters and events.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lindy
    Cape Town, South Africa
    7/22/13
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    "very enjoyable - beautifully written and read"

    A light-hearted, beautifully written book. Loved the way this dog views the world. Both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it (and didn't find the end part weird despite comments to the contrary).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn A. Dean
    Congleton UK
    1/13/13
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    "Excellent"

    One of the best books I have read for a long time, especially if you are a dog lover, I could see myself as the dog, and I could see my dog in the book also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/31/12
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    "Great listen-but...."

    This is a great listen with lots of clever observational detail and a cracking storyline.It is very moving in parts without being too "syrupy"-I bet you will be looking at your beloved mutt in a different way!
    Really enjoyed it- but what was the court room Steven Hawkins thing about??-I'm afraid this really jarred with me-was the author looking for a way out?
    Still good stuff, though,if you've got an elderly,wobbly much loved dog,be prepared to shed a tear or two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    11/22/11
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    "The art of racing...."

    Oh my god, what a book. The narrator is splendid. I didnt know what to expect when this story commenced. It is very very special.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Dunnose Head, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
    9/22/11
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    "So happy that this narrator was chosen"

    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed indeed savoured the printed book, I was a bit nervous about paying for an audio version in case it was a let-down.

    I need not have worried. The narrator does a superb job and is utterly convincing as Enzo, and I didn't want my listening time to end.

    I can totally recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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