The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Audiobook CD - 2009 | Unabridged edition.
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The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein - a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog's efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.

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, Zo , 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 Zo 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.

Publisher: New York, New York : HarperCollins Canada Ltd., 2009.
Edition: Unabridged edition.
ISBN: 9780061780301
Characteristics: 6 audio discs (420 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 inches
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MegH_OshLib Jun 11, 2019

The Art of Racing in the Rain was chosen as our Pass the Book – Oshawa Reads 2019 title. The book does not fall into my usual go-to genres, but it was a pleasant surprise! I think that it is well written especially with it being such a different type of narrator than I'm used to, it was very easy... Read More »


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KlayDyer
Jul 01, 2019

Rarely do I recommend books (too many years, too many frustrations), but this is one of those moments. Yes, there are some forced moments, seriously strain-belief incidents, and maudlin overwriting, but this is a book of such intense humanity that these slight flaws can (and should) be overlooked. This is a book about love, loyalty, and the need to let go (of ego, of fear) in order that we come to trust the universe to work itself out as it should.

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darladoodles
Jun 23, 2019

This may be one of those rare occurrences where I enjoy the movie more than the book. Saw the trailer for this movie a couple of days ago and it looked more appealing to me. I give the overall story arc high marks, but I did not love the narrator for the audiobook. Also found some of the dog descriptions of human activity to be weird. "A Dog's Purpose" was more my style. Looking forward to hearing Kevin Costner as Enzo once the movie is released.

MegH_OshLib Jun 11, 2019

The Art of Racing in the Rain was chosen as our Pass the Book – Oshawa Reads 2019 title. The book does not fall into my usual go-to genres, but it was a pleasant surprise! I think that it is well written especially with it being such a different type of narrator than I'm used to, it was very easy to read. And the story tugged on my heartstrings from the very start (being the dog lover that I am), but it also ended up being quite heartwarming. It was a nice break away from what I usually read, and I can't wait to see the movie now!

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SnoIsleLib_JulieN
Apr 24, 2019

The story is told from a dog's point of view who was more like a human philosopher on a quest to understand the human condition. He is funny , intelligent, and a loving dog helping to keep his family together through good times, loss and tragedy. This book made me laugh out loud and cry at times. It is well written and you won't be able to put it down.

I loved reading this book

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mommyhyatt2
Mar 18, 2019

GREAT BOOK!

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kmobuckeye
Feb 24, 2019

Anybody who has ever loved a dog needs to read this. I laughed a lot and cried a little too! So good!

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lauralaura
Feb 09, 2019

I enjoyed the first 1/3 of this book but then it quickly became tiresome. Grandparents who sue for custody within hours of a parent dying? A fake rape charge on top of that? Very tiresome. I abandoned ship thereafter.

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oPod
Jan 02, 2019

An unremarkable and predictable tale, but there is a catch. It's narrated through the lense of a dog. Unfortunately, despite the dog's strong senses, instinct and intellect the dog's perspective remains unremarkable, much on the level of an occasionally insightful child. He has his biases and a species superiority complex, making him prone to rants insulting other animals: chimpanzees, platypuses, crows, etc. There was a sad unnecessary chapter where the dog is abused. At the end of three days of starvation the dog is struck down in a misdirected fit of rage. The savage scene is then brushed off and reasoned away, as dogs are loyal and forgiving creatures that are built to endure days without food, yet hallucinate when do so. As an animal lover myself, a dog talking trash about other animals and the incident of abuse are disheartening. The multiple references to the fact that dogs can't talk and lack opposable thumbs and yet we're ironically reading his writing or listening to his audio book quickly becomes numbing and tiresome. This overly done jest of the irony of a dog authored tale emphasizes that this is a sub par tale that just happens to be told by a dog... I like the concept, but it's misdirected. Some of the dog insights are intersting and humorous, but for the reasons above it's flaws are fatal. Not suitable for some children due to references to sex.

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Dec 27, 2018

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jcbraacx
Aug 19, 2018

One day I was walking down Bernerd st and spotted this book on a sales table at mosaic books. As soon as I picked it up I was intrigued by the title and thought without hesitation, this is a must read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story narrated from a dog. There was a lot of emotion involved in this story. Sadness and happiness to see the family go through so much and still come out good in the end..

ArapahoeKathryn Aug 17, 2016

Excellent Documentary on the history and beliefs of Scientology. The film traces the movement from its initial beginning to the juggernaut it is today. A must see for anyone contemplating on becoming a member.

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susettem
Oct 19, 2011

A tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs - he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

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patl
Feb 25, 2011

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs' a philospher with a nearly human soul (and a obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television and listening carefully to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up and coming race car driver. Now in his twightly years, Enzo finds himself thinking back on his life with the Swift family, reflecting on all he has learned about the human conditions and how life, like racing, is about so much more than simply going fast.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Sexual Content: Some descriptions of nudity and sex

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 15, 2018

There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.

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Brozor123
May 21, 2017

"Gestures are all that I have; sometime they must be grand in nature"

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