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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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    gary LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 08-29-13
    gary LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 08-29-13
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    "great story"
    If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

    Super and real


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

    Endo's saying he'll return as a human.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


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

    don't do a movie.Can't be real enough...


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Ruth MISSOULA, MT, United States 08-29-13
    Ruth MISSOULA, MT, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Completely Engrosed"
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    Really surprised by this read. I thought it would be fun and light, which it was in places, but overall it was inspiring. I'm really glad I took a risk.

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    Cindy Gloucester, ON, Canada 08-22-13
    Cindy Gloucester, ON, Canada 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Left me with warmth in my heart."
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I would say this book is in the top 5 audio books I have listened to, for sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the relationship between the main characters and the dog. It was heart warming and it made me really miss my dog!


    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?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it! It was a great listen / read and I would likely listen to it again.

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    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 08-18-13
    B. Ram St. James, NY United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Fantastic Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to the audio and it was wonderful. I bought the book for my mother and she loved it too, then she lent it to a friend that loved it as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So creative to hear it from the dog's perspective.


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

    No I have never listened to his performances before.


    If you could rename The Art of Racing in the Rain, what would you call it?

    Just "Racing in the Rain"


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this book.

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    Guy BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC, United States 08-14-13
    Guy BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great book! It was uplifting and positive. I am a dog lover, and I thought that the way this story was told was great! I highly recommend it if you are going through somthing and need a laugh and a cry.


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    Andrea 08-14-13
    Andrea 08-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Listen for Dog Lovers"

    Really enjoyed this book. I am a dog lover and found myself missing my own dog at home while I listened. There were a few elements of the car racing storyline that I could have done without but all in all it led to a solid, involved tale that I enjoyed. Recommend!

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 08-12-13
    Sandy Orlando, FL 08-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I had no idea I would love this book so much"

    I'm a dog lover and heard that this story was a good one. It starts out as a fun listen and the longer I listened, I was so captivated by Enzo and his thinking. He's so funny. I had an hour left to end this book so I went to the gym thinking I would be able to finish it there. I almost had to leave and go to my car since the ending was so gripping and sweet. I teared up so bad and almost broke down. Thankfully I had my towel to hide my face and wipe my tears. This was a wonderful story.

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    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 08-12-13
    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 08-12-13

    I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

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    "Great read and compelling story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

    The story was far better than I anticipated and the Mr. Welch did an outstanding job of reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was far more engaging than I truly expected. I bought in after listening to "A Dog's Purpose" (which, given I'm generally a fan of literature, I was almost embarrassed to admit, but ... I don't care. I liked it. I love dogs. C'est la vie). "The Art of Racing in the Rain" was far more a story about the human characters, but I highly recommend it to fans of "A Dog's Purpose" or dog lovers in general.


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    Lonnie 08-08-13
    Lonnie 08-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Touching story of mans best friend"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    Really interesting tale, cool perspective from the dogs POV, and brings out all sorts of emotion.


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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-29-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 07-29-13
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    A book about the art of perseverance through rainy days. The message is good, the characters are likeable, and there's a dog. Which is always fun.

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  • The pink one
    2/2/16
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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
    U.K.
    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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