The Art of Racing in the Rain

Version: Unabridged
Author: Garth Stein
Narrator: Christopher Evan Welch
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: June 2009
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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A heart-warming and inspirational 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. Through Denny, Enzo realizes that racing is a metaphor: that by applying the techniques a driver would apply on the race track, one can successfully navigate the ordeals and travails one encounters in life. Enzo relates the story of his human family through his eyes, sharing the tragedies and triumphs that Denny and his wife and child. 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 ordeal. 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 reader 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.

Reviews (35)

Written by Dori Augustine on June 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a special story. It made me laugh and it made me cry. And who knew there could be similarities between car racing and how one lives their life - even if that life is the life of a dog. I miss Enzo...

Written by Tamara Malan on March 2nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Truly superb book! Gripping and extremely emotional and enthralled all at the same time. A very unique way of writing through the eyes of a dog. This book is a vivid portrait of a heartbreaking way we may sometimes perceive our pets The narrator captured the story beautifully. I would HIGHLY recommend this book even if you do not have a pet.

Written by Megan Silver on January 22nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great dog story! I enjoyed every minute of it.

Written by Christa Tina on January 13th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My son read this book while he was deployed, loved it and recommend it. I enjoyed it immensely! The narrator did a wonderful job.

Written by Karen Wheeler on January 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was actually a re-read. I had forgotten how much I loved it! It will make you laugh and make you cry. Narration was great!

Written by Gloria Jenkins on December 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

You don't have to bed a dog lover to enjoy this read. Author does a fantastic job and could totally read this book for a second time.

Written by Christopher Overlie on October 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What an amazing book. Deep but light at the same time. Great narration and an amazing. And thoughtful story.

Written by adrienne Osbourne on August 16th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I must admit I felt a little silly about 20 or 30 minutes into listening to this book narrated by a dog... the book starts necessarily establishing the dog as narrator and then take off - WHOOSH! Incredible depth of characters, emotionally engaging, gripping story of this dog's family. Super twist at the last! I could not recommend it enough. Sure- the author is witty and there are places where you will laugh out loud- but the balance of the story is wonderfully engaging and the narrator makes the story that much more marvelous! excellent choice of narrator!

Written by Tammie Mohr on July 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book about life! I couldn't stop listening! Highly recommend Ed! Narrator was very expressive and great to listen too.

?Talkng dog?

Written by Anonymous on February 26th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed this book from "mans best friends" perspective up until the "dog" got to talk in court. That was when the book became more childlike than real. I have always had dogs and do believe they are intuitive to "their humans" needs, a dog that talks....really? Cute idea but I'm not 5 years old anymore. Otherwise I liked this book.

Author Details

Author Details

Stein, Garth

Garth Stein is the author of three novels, including the "New York Times" bestseller "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets", and a play, "Brother Jones". He has worked as a documentary filmmaker, and he lives in Seattle with his family.