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The Art of Racing in the Rain Audiobook

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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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    zivimzivot 11-25-12
    zivimzivot 11-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not something I'd normally listen to but..."

    this book was fabulous! I'd read the good reviews, but I don't generally have an interest in dogs, or talking dogs for that matter, so I didn't think I'd enjoy the read. Nevertheless, I picked it up during an Audible sale and I'm so grateful. The book is wonderfully written. The characters are honest and loveable and Enzo is truly a dog I grew very fond of during the book. The plot was excellent and there were so many twists and turns at times that when I'd listen in the car, I'd miss exits and make wrong turns constantly because I was so captivated. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a smart, easy, yet heartwarming and intelligent read. Just be careful when driving!

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    MariNana SW Indiana 11-24-12
    MariNana SW Indiana 11-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Captivated by Enzo"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    It was just as good the second time I listened to this book! With a son-in-law who's a NASCAR fan, I loved getting Enzo's insight into the thrill of racing. And the poignancy of the father-daughter story would be almost unbearable without the humor infused by the dog's viewpoint.


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

    (I can't say. You're asking a Garfield fan.)


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

    He brings the characters to life and thoroughly suspends one's disbelief that dogs can think and feel much like we humans.


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

    The story stirs up a deep sadness over man's (well, at least Denny's in-laws') inhumanity to man.It summoned laughter AND tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily give it my recommendation.

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    David BRADFORD, NH, United States 11-22-12
    David BRADFORD, NH, United States 11-22-12
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    "It's a Dog's Life"

    Great plotting and the twist of the narrator being a very smart family dog really boost this novel from the ordinary. Somehow it reminded me of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,sans the existentialism. Quite entertaining!

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    Kelly BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 11-19-12
    Kelly BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Packed with valuable life lessons!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    This fiction story is packed with valuable life lessons - as told from the perspective of the lovable dog Enzo. I have now read and listened to this book - I will definitely keep it on my list of favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo of course! Life as perceived through a dog's eyes.....I will never look at my dogs the same way again!


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

    That which you manifest is before you.


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    CALI North Syracuse, NY, United States 11-19-12
    CALI North Syracuse, NY, United States 11-19-12
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    "Great voice. Would strongly recommend it."
    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    I think it was even better as an audiobook than it would have been as a regular book because the great voice made the story even better to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enzo.


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

    His tone, pace, and inflection were great.


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    Jacquelyn colebrook, NH, United States 11-14-12
    Jacquelyn colebrook, NH, United States 11-14-12
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    "Good read"
    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to probably a handful of books so far and this is my number one.


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

    When Enzo described his night with the zebra.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene of the book, when they met the boy.


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

    The last scene of the book, when they met the boy.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a great book, it made you laugh and cry and just feel good. I wish I had read the book so that I would have been with the characters longer. I listened to the book in two days driving a 3.5 hours each day. If I had read the book I think I may have felt more for the characters. Overall, it was a great listen and made my commute that much shorter!

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    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 11-13-12
    Mary N. Bucklew Delaware Seashore 11-13-12

    Writer, retired now 11 years and living at the beach, writing, golfing, enjoying my "second act."

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    "VERY different than the book…????"

    I listened to the Audible.com version while I (tried to) read the Kindle e-book, but the Audible version had chapters and exposition the Kindle ebook did not, and the vocabulary was different. Throughout the experience, I would have to leave the ebook while the audible version went into much more narrative. Chapter 13 (I think) of the Audible version doesnt even appear anywhere in the book.

    I enjoyed the story, cried at the end, and can only hope my two corgis are as in love with me as Enzo was with Denny.

    But the reading/listening experience was very disruptive. And I have no way of knowing whether the ebook or the audible version is the culprit, or why there would be two distinctly different versions. I could understand the Audible being different (abridged vs unabridged) but I can't see why the Audible version would be LONGER than the book.

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    Coolest Kate 11-13-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "A great twist on a Dog Story!"
    Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

    Enzo is having the best adventure a dog could have with his race car driving owner Danny.. Enzo is smart and a true 'racing' dog and is the pit crew for Danny's unfolding life. Full of twists and turns, this is a great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending


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

    His pacing and style were excellent additions to an already great story.


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

    When Enzo encounters the zebra, I thought I was going to fall off the bed laughing.


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    Amazon Customer Somerset, MA, United States 11-12-12
    Amazon Customer Somerset, MA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Lessons To Be Learned"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book but through the audio version I felt as I could almost hear what my own dogs would be say to me if I only listened. I have an 11 year old mutt whose health is failing who has been a loyal and lovable companion who has taught me many of life's lesson. Reading THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN was comforting as I do feel animals can communicate with humans. So, the many conversations that Laverne and I have had about her health, what she means to me and how I promise to be there for her till the end- don't seem so ridiculous now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the book besides the dog's point of view on human behavior, I enjoyed the analogies between the art of racing and the art of living. It was a great read. I'm sure I will reread it at some point.


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

    No, this book was the first.


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

    It made me both laugh and cry. I found the dog's description of his owner's romance especially entertaining. Having had 3 dogs who lived 12+ years and then leave me- I felt the sadness made me quite emotional.


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    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 11-12-12
    Pete Marietta, GA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A dog's view of a family's journey."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version. I cannot imagine the print version to be more entertaining. The reader brought so much gravitas and wisdom to the dog, Enzo.


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

    Traveller, the story of the American civil war through the eyes of Robert E. Lee's horse. This story is told by a dog. His take on the situations and people is very "dog-like". But the story is that of a family facing very human situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to pick one favorite scene. Perhaps when Denny took Enzo for a ride in the formula 1 race car. Enzo loved it so much.


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

    I love the title, would not change it.


    Any additional comments?

    Dog lovers, especially those who have been blessed with a long and loving relationship with a four legged friend, will really enjoy this book. Life can be hard and people often respond to it in ways that hurt others. A good dog will willingly share the load and the road.

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