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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.
©2008 Bright White Light, LLC; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Lora on 06-17-08

Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

Of the 125 books I've listened to, this one is my favorite. The human characters were beautifully developed, but Enzo the dog will steal your heart. The story brings out a full range of emotions; I laughed many times, and cried when it was over. My husband is listening to it now, and he thinks it's great too. Don't miss it.

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By Cliff on 03-04-09

A stunning read

I'll admit it... I frequently judge books by their covers. As a new owner of a yellow Labrador Retriever, this book screamed at me to pick it up off the table at our local library. I devoured the book, finishing it in just under two days. Then my wife read it at lightning speed.
This is where is gets weird...
After my wife read the book I read it again (something I have never done with fiction). Not only did I read it a second time, but then I picked it up here on audible.
Yes, it simply *is* that good!
The story is unique, and the main character's perspective is captivating. The book has really stuck with me, leading me to place a quote from it in my office at work.
Give it a listen, I'm certain you'll enjoy it.

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By The pink one on 02-02-16

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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By Ann & Jim on 10-12-15

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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By LeanneHills on 03-22-14

My absolute favorite book of 2013

Would you listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain again? Why?

Yes, I have listened to it twice already which is something I rarely do.

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

So many I cannot decide. This book made me laugh and cry and was totally enjoyable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I just loved Enzo's many ways he expressed his the love he had for his human family.

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

There were quite a few moving scene's in this book, some made you angry, some made you happy and some made your heart cry.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely loved this book- highly recommended.

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By Michael on 06-23-14

Wonderful story from the best point of view

What made the experience of listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain the most enjoyable?

Point of view of character,

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

Enzo's track-day experience and his observations about the people who like stationary cars

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

No I haven't

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Stupid Monkeys

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