The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Narrated by Christopher Welch
Listening Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Audible.com Release Date: May 13, 2008
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. 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, Zoe, 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 Zoe 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.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love dogs. I really can’t believe I missed this book when it was released, or since.
I absolutely loved Enzo and Denny! I loved that Enzo could understand what humans were saying and that although he could talk in his head, he couldn’t make the words come out of his mouth.
The story starts when Enzo is just a puppy and follows him throughout his life. The bond between him and Denny was so touching, and later when Eve and Zoe came along the relationships with them were too.
Enzo only wants the best for his people and does everything he can to help them. His favorite thing other than eating of course is speeding along the track with Denny.
I don’t want to give much away, but Enzo knows things that he wishes he could tell them, and he does what he can to protect them when they need it.
There was one part of the book when things looked very sad/bad for Denny, but with the light bulb moment of someone also trying to help Denny, Enzo saves the day. That part was amazing, and I wish it was an actual thing.
This book sent me on a roller coaster ride of emotions, I had all the feels listening to this.
I didn’t see the movie when it came out because I wanted to read the book first, but now I need to find a copy!
If you haven’t read this yet, just do it! I’m sorry I waited so long.