The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013 | Unabridged
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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, and 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, Zoë, 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 Zoë 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.

Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780061630682
0061630683
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file, 6 hr., 56 min.)
Additional Contributors: Welch, Christopher Evan

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13Liz
May 01, 2018

The audio narration for this book is very good. This a detailed well written story. At times I would get so annoyed with the author though. The main characters daughter aside, all females in this story are poorly written and are the cause of most of the problems the main character faces. This book is totally a man-fest. The dog loves all these male actors and race car drivers, so many dudes. This book would not pass the betchdel test. It is still pretty good though and I cried in the end, because I'm human. Would recommend the audio.

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TDSRC2014_IR
Jul 21, 2014

I loved Enzo. He was so funny and loyal to Denny. I also loved how in the end, Enzo and Denny got reunited, but this time Enzo had opposable thumbs!

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kenmcelroy
Apr 19, 2011

This book has been on about a zillion best seller lists. Now I fully get that often with books you have to be in the right "headspace" to enjoy a particular book at a specific time. Maybe it was the wrong time for me..I gave it a full disc listen...nope, couldn't do it.

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BDLange
Sep 17, 2010

Highly Recommend this book!! The reading of this book was excellent. The story is well-written. Denny and Enzo are characters you will love, cheer on, laugh with, and share their pain. It is a story told by Enzo, the dog. His dog characteristics are captured so well. If you are a dog lover/owner you will see how, like Enzo, your dog is trying to communicate with you.

The "Art of Racing in the Rain" has a lot of meaning - mainly it is about not giving up. Enzo is very philosophical about life and his purpose.

Warning: you will laugh yourself silly at some of his antics and methods of communication. You will curse the cruel & mean spirited characters and you may cry at the ending even though, in a way, it is a happy ending.

Readforlife Jun 08, 2010

Listening to Enzo, hearing the story told from the dog's point of view was priceless. Very wise dog this Enzo. I learned alot about life from the analogy of racing in the rain. A book worth revisiting.

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annekim9
Feb 16, 2009

This novel, narrated by a wise old dog named Enzo, is entertaining, life affirming and sometimes funny. A perfect, beautiful ending, too. I loved it.

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