The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Book rating: 05 CD-Audio

By (author) Garth Stein, Performed by Christopher Evan Welch

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 147mm x 20mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 9 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0061780308
  • ISBN 13: 9780061780301
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 38,360

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Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul, he has educated himself by listening 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. 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 Denny's wife; the three-year custody battle with his in-laws over their daughter, Zoe. In the end, 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, this 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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By Fiona Jones 01 Nov 2011 5

I first read this book in Singapore while awaiting the birth of our first grandson. I was immediately drawn to the story from the quirky fact that it was being narrated by Enzo himself. It mesmorised me from start to finish. I could feel the compassion and excitement of Enzo jumping out at me. It was such a wonderful experience reading this book and the characters came alive almost instantaneously.
I loved it that much that, returning to Australia, I bought the audio and enjoyed it once again as I drove to and from work each morning. What a delightful, poignant, book this was. It will be with me for many years to come and I will be talking about it for much longer.

Fiona Jones