The Art of Racing in the Rain (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Garth Stein, Christopher Evan Welch (Narrator) 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 t... more »he 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.
3.5 stars. A young man, Denny, selects a puppy he names Enzo. Denny meets someone, they marry, have a daughter. Denny is an aspiring race car driver. What follows is a touching tale of love, loss, struggle, betrayal and staying true to yourself and the truth. Through all, Enzo is a steadfast and loyal companion. The story is told from the dog's point of view and what a wise one he is. I loved one line: "Do not mistake confidence and self-awareness for egotism". Ending is a tear jerker.