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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture, this heartwarming and inspirational tale follows Enzo, a loyal family dog, and 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. Through Denny, Enzo realises that racing is a metaphor: that by applying the techniques a driver would apply on the racetrack, one can successfully navigate the ordeals and travails one encounters in life.

Enzo relates the story of his human family, sharing their tragedies and triumphs. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations as a dog, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family.

The Art of Racing in the Rain is a testament to a man's life, given by his dog. But it is also a testament to the dog himself. Though Enzo cannot speak, he understands everything that happens around him as he bears witness to his master's problems. His enforced muteness only refines his listening ability and allows him to understand many of life's nuances that are lost on most humans. With humour, sharp observation and a courageous heart, Enzo guides the listener to the bittersweet yet ultimately satisfying conclusion: there are no limitations to what we can achieve if we truly know where we want to be.

©2008 Garth Stein (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"The Art of Racing in the Rain is the perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs; that compassion isn't only for humans; and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then, I'm lucky enough to read a novel I can't stop thinking about: this is one of them." (Jodi Piccoult)

"The Art of Racing in the Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and - best of all - the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach to us about being human. I loved this book." (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants)

"The Art of Racing in the Rain takes you on an unforgettable journey through another kind of mind, through the eyes - and nose - of a dog. I found it fascinating." (Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation)

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A delightful book..joyous.

This was a wonderful book with all sorts of life lessons and memorable moments. Beautiful.

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Life changing!

This the best book I have read in my life, heartwarming and humanistic ! Amazingly narrated! Well done !

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10 /10 a must read

this story kept me captivated from beginning to end as a daughter of a racing car driver and a dog lover it won my heart over and over and over this book will be read again and again and again and shared with his many friends as I can

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Had to return the book

I can’t imagine that the content could be so boring I expected a lot of fun and excitement from a dogs viewpoint. The narrators monotone drawl matched the writing. Not for me sorry, I’d rather spend that time enjoying my dogs company, they make me laugh and enjoy life! 😂

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Fantastic story!

I absolutely loved this book. It was funny and heartwarming and such a refreshing change to all the 'dark stuff' around these days. I'd highly recommend it!

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I loved this book

I loved this book and it’s one I’ll listen to again. In fact it’s one that I was sorry when it ended

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A story told from the view point of a dog

Not just a dog, but a loyal, intelligent human like dog that we dog lovers feel that we have. Just wish we were all as lucky as the book that our beloved pets are "immortal" both in our minds and... (better not spoil the story).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-2021

Awesome

This story is beautifully written! This really gives me a differenr perspective on dogs I know they are clever and all but didnt ever think that their thought process is like human too! And I agree with Enzo! The closest similar primate to human should be dogs!

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  • mrs
  • 28-07-2019

my favourite book ever

God I love this book! read it for the first time about 10 years ago and have just finished listening via Audible. such a pleasure from beginning to end.

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  • K. De Silva
  • 10-01-2021

Fantastic and thought provoking

A wonderfully well written book. Humanity, philosophy and how we can all be better, all from a dogs perspective.

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  • ryan
  • 26-10-2020

over egged

I persevered as this was a recommendation, the narrator is good but the story was over descriptive and repetitious . there are some elements to the story that kept some interest but all the guff about racing sounded like someone J'ing their own D a bit. the musical interludes were just weird and not necessary,nor was reading out each page number of the book. the court room part was just pure nonsense.😬

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-08-2020

enjoyable

good listen however I really disliked the musical interludes Inbetween some chapters - it brought nothing to the story at all.

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  • J. Graham
  • 22-08-2020

Unexpected pleasure

When advised to read this book, I chose to listen and what a truly enjoyable experience. Great naration of a lovely story line and to hear of a non human perspective was a treat.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2020

Beautiful Audiobook

This was the first fictional book I’ve purchased on Audible and I’m so glad I did. Beautifully read, as though the narrator is enjoying the book himself. Seven hours of joy for me whilst driving up and down the UK in my van (with my dog!!). Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2020

lost for words

I absolutely loved every minute of of this book and i cried for the first time in years. I cannot recommend highly enough

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  • Kindlereader
  • 30-06-2020

It’s in my top ten!

I read this as a paperback many years ago and loved it. This audio version doesn’t detract from the written version at all. It’s a book with messages on many levels. It’s sad, uplifting and is difficult to put down. If you love driving and especially love dogs, buy it!

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  • CZ
  • 20-04-2020

So much more than dog cliches

Enzo the dog articulates his passion for life, family, films and racing in this absolute tearjerker. It reminded me of times when I felt so enthused or passionate about something but couldn’t find the words to explain. Enzo finds the words. I’m not really into to car racing but his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. On another level, the observing, reflecting Enzo learns some great life lessons, and provokes your own thoughts on good ways to handle life based on racing metaphors. As is heavily foreshadowed in the book, death is a central theme and normally that would put me off. But it’s dealt with more emotionally than in a depressing way, and also draws out the themes of love, family, loyalty and many more. The narrator here is great, effectively using different voices for different characters and perfectly capturing the enthusiasm, fun, opinionated and loyal Enzo. Get it. I’m struggling to think of a better book.

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  • Mark
  • 29-01-2020

Initially sceptical but loved it.

I set to play as I set off to drive home about four hours away. 5 minutes in I'm not sure. 10 minutes in it's getting interesting. at the end of my journey I want to keep going. By the end of the book I loved it and am sad to finish such a different story.

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