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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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    Linda G. Strickland morgantown, in 10-17-17
    Linda G. Strickland morgantown, in 10-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "What a wonderful book! "

    This book will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, make you hope. I loved it so much. Well written and beautifully read.

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-17
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    "Good book"

    I enjoyed this story, but in between sections of the book a music plays that is so loud and makes it difficult to hear the narration. Overall a pleasant story though.

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    David B 10-11-17
    David B 10-11-17
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    "Great book"

    I can’t give this book enough stars. Narrator was great. The story is great. Everyone should listen to this book.

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    K. Lankford THE Thumb State 10-09-17
    K. Lankford THE Thumb State 10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "beautifully written book"

    This is one of the books that you can hear, smell and see the world around the dog as this book is read to us. In my mind I could see his family. I could hear the laughter and the tears. I listened to this as I was evacuating from my south western Florida home, up to Michigan. Made my drive bearable. Removed my worries for a short time. I absolutely loved it.

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    Renee 10-06-17
    Renee 10-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not enough stars "

    My son and I listened to this on a drive to Ohio and back. He's 11. I did fast forward on one part but it was not too explicit.
    He didn't want to go to sleep because he didn't want to miss anything
    As an animal lover, particularly dogs I loved hearing it from a dog's point of view. We laughed out loud, cried and even yelled out advice a few times. You can't help but fall in love with Enzo and his obsession with thumbs or the lack there of.
    Thank you for making a dull trip a great memory for us.

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    Shop On 10-06-17
    Shop On 10-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "heartwarming and lovely. .."

    the world needs more Danny's and Enzo's. excellent narration. very enjoyable but a mixed bag of emotion

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    charles watkins 10-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable story told from the standpoint of a dog"

    I enjoyed this story of dog's life with his human owner and the dog's viewpoints of their life together. Well written and narrated. Similar, but not identical to the recent "A Dog's Purpose".

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    Morgan 09-29-17
    Morgan 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Men who can't write women shouldn't write"

    The dog's perspective in this book is nice and innocent and kept me listening to the heartwarming story. However it became glaringly obvious early on in the book that the author has no experience seeing women as real people. He describes women only in relation to their appearances, sexual prowess and ability to please the men in their lives. The character of eve is so one-sided; all she exists to do in this book is create a series of rifts in Denny's racing career, punctuated by her "fertile field" and her ability to be ill and/or needy. Not to mention every stereotype she embodies - only watching Hollywood gossip on tv and never really "getting" Denny's racing career are perfect cliches that embody how inappropriate the author's perception of women is. Worse still, this author goes so far as to refer to a woman character, Mike's wife, using "he/his" pronouns just because she wasn't deemed physically feminine enough to be referred to as her true gender! I am disappointed to have supported this author by buying this audiobook. If you care at all about the justice of the content you expose yourself to, save yourself the trouble and don't support this author.

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    Nicole B. 09-28-17
    Nicole B. 09-28-17
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    "nice story"

    I felt like it started slow, but got better as it went along. I could do with Out the music between chapters. is appropriate to listen to with children around.

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    Amazon Customer 09-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I can't even describe how disappointing "

    I read this book on a recommendation from a co-worker. It would be a good story if told from Denis point of view but being told from a random super intelligent dogs point of view is very unbelievable and throughout the book I kept getting bored. I feel like the narrator tried hard to make the book interesting but the story just wasn't well written. the overall story would be great from a different point of view and its a touching story its just stupid coming from a weirdly intelligent dog. At least a dogs purpose was realistic but this just seems odd to me.

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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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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