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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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    butterfly52016 12-15-13
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    "I found this to be depressing, lost interest"
    What would have made The Art of Racing in the Rain better?

    I found this story dragged. I guess I was waiting for the story to pick up. I did not feel it ever did. I loved the idea of a story told from the dogs perspective however the subject matter and story did not interest me. Maybe because I am chronically ill. If yout looking for a spirit lifter this story is not it. Atleast not for me.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narration was wonderful.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I felt sad. If that is the goal for the listener than this book is for you.


    Any additional comments?

    Should have headed other reviews of the book and kept my credit.

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    M.W. 11-24-13
    M.W. 11-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Solid Read"

    This is a good, solid read. The racing analogy, used throughout the book, is excellent and used very well. The dog, of course, is the star. If you love dogs and a good book, then I'd recommend this one.

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    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 11-18-13
    Geza Kamuela, HI, USA 11-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Surprise of the Year"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    The first thing I did when I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain was contact the friend who recommended it to thank her. The second thing I did was start listening to it again. I didn't want it to end and I didn't want to break the emotional connection I felt with Enzo.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo, the dog, was my favorite character. I was jolted by his observations and perspectives and they made me reevaluate my own. He was wise and innocent at the same time. I could empathize with his frustration at not being able to communicate with those he loved.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Enzo was in the race car with Denny. The pure joy of it made me want to drive a race car, something I have never even considered doing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is pure joy with a bit of sadness and strife thrown in for spice. Enjoy it, then tell everyone you love to read/listen to it, too. The shared experience will bring you closer to those you love.

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    Wendy Barkhamsted, CT, United States 11-11-13
    Wendy Barkhamsted, CT, United States 11-11-13
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    "Smart dog, enchanting story,and a new perspective."
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Yes. The story is well told and has many layers. I'm sure I will get something different the next time I listen.


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

    I really can't compare it to anything because you can really picture your own dog thinking some of these thoughts. The book is beautifully simple, yet because the dog sees these things and feels it too, you'll never look at your on dog the same way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Enzo was dreaming he could speak, thru the power of technology such as the one Stephen Hawking uses. He made audible his loyalty in a testimony in a court of law, defending his Denny. Very touching and imaginative.


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

    Enzo, so sweet and so smart.


    Any additional comments?

    Must Read!

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    Natalie 11-04-13
    Natalie 11-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One bad thing after the other"

    I felt the story and character (the dog) were lacking. The dogs character was overly humanized for my taste and too simple to boot. I really had to grind my teeth to finish. It's one of those stories where it's one bad thing takes place after the other but it somehow gets made up at the end. Not my favorite way to go. Plus, with my experience in animal behavior, the dogs logic and reasoning at times was silly.

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    Natalie 10-29-13
    Natalie 10-29-13
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    "Absolutely loved this book!"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up there in my top 5.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the perspective you get by having it told through the eyes of Enzo the dog,While it isn't a story about a dog as such , it kept you enthralled right from the start.it certainly made me look at my dog in a different light. I think there is something for a whole range of people here, from dog lovers to motor racing fans,


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

    The narrator's reading style makes you forget that he is actually narrating a story and not talking to you directly, he takes you on a roller coaster of emotions from the very first page. went from laughing to crying to seething with anger in the blink of an eye.


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

    I have to say I think the first time I had a little cry was probably only about five minutes in, was a bit worried that it may have continued on that way through the entire book, but was pleased to find that there were plenty of laughs to be had and a few times of down right anger at some of the injustices that Denny had to endure.


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    Anne 10-21-13
    Anne 10-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    Stick with it long enough to get past the evolution part in the 1st chapter. At first I thought it was going to be an impersonal story about the dog's views on evolution but it quickly turned to his life with Denny and all the pain and joy and life they experienced together. It was incredibly good and I didn't want it to end.

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    Linda 10-14-13
    Linda 10-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "If your pet is your best friend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For all those out there that not only love their pet but really enjoy hanging out with them, this book is for you. Coming from the dog's perspective, the book confirms that other's think like you and hanging out with your dog is cool. It is not mushy or overdone. Or any of that pet/parent thing going on. Its just a dog with his person sharing a life together and enjoying themselves. A best buddy relationship and all is good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dog is the speaker


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

    The dog and his person


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

    hangin with your best bud


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    Robert Bussum, Netherlands 09-04-13
    Robert Bussum, Netherlands 09-04-13
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    "What a great book!"

    I had never heard of this book, but it was recommended to me after our dog passed away last summer. Spent the credit I had, thinking it would be a nonfiction book about the author's dog. It wasn't (obviously), but what a pleasant surprise this book was. Well written, more than outstandingly performed and Enzo is great, even though he was made up. I liked the story, which moved me to my core, I loved the tone of Enzo's musings and I spent the last bit crying on my bycicle today. My wife's English isn't really good, so I tried to buy it for her in Dutch, only to find it discontinued in The Netherlands.What a pity. Thankfully I found a second-hand copy, which she finished well before me. I would recommend this book without a moment's hesitation to anyone with a soul craving a good read (or listen).

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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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