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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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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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  • 07-28-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-21

Loved it

Great book, good narration. Had me ( fully grown hairy workman) crying in my van multiple times whilst listening to this. 10/10 would listen again. Hit me right in the feels.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-28-21

loved it.

I loved this book, the story from Enzo's perspective was great, highly recommend. read it!!

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  • Ando
  • 02-16-21

Airport fiction with a problematic subplot

I had to read this for a book club. I wish I hadn't. Probably the worst novel I've read for some time. And the subplot with the 15-year-old girl . . . ick. You can tell this book was written by a man, put it that way.

The film is apparently even worse. That's saying something.

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  • K. De Silva
  • 01-10-21

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
  • 10-26-20

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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  • Mrs HB
  • 08-07-22

Great story, music interlude needs editing.

The story is wonderful, the narrator very entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. However there is a strange interlude of music between chapters which is of such poor quality I thought my speaker was broken.

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  • MikesMGC
  • 05-09-22

Beautifully written and narrated

This book touches the heart at so many levels and is very uplifting about life truth and friendship. It also describes the ties between a man and his best friend in detail, so close together that they appear as one. Racing in the rain as a film actually missed the real point of the story and all the fine detail throughout this audio book let’s the listener in on the secret.

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  • Tom Crox
  • 03-14-22

Fantastic book

Read this book about 10years ago. absolutely loved hearing the audio book. Well read great story!

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  • Chibi
  • 11-03-21

Really got into it

Took me several chapters but it really gets going and I looked froward to listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-20

A delightful book..joyous.

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-20

Life changing!

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

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  • justine
  • 02-04-20

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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  • Christiana
  • 12-08-19

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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  • Cherylyn
  • 12-03-19

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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  • rileysgma1
  • 11-25-19

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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  • Jean
  • 11-25-19

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).