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The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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, and he see
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Harper Collins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: animal lovers, dog lovers
Recommended to Anastacia by: No one - I came across it in bookstore.
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I was meandering around Borders one Saturday when I saw a dog's head on the cover of a book, and since I am magnetized to animals (especially dogs), I had to pick it up and leaf through it. I was pleasantly surprised to read the cover to find out it is written entirely from the perspective of a dog. Adorable and unique; I have always wanted to know what it's like in the mind of a dog. Although obviously written by a person (or my dog has some explaining to do as I was under the impression that d ...more
You know that guy who comes up to you when you’re having a bad day and says something like, “just think positive thoughts and good things will happen” as if it were really that simple? As if the spirit of Karma or whatever is patiently waiting around for you to will happiness upon yourself so that it can be befittingly bestowed? Yeah, well fuck that guy. Bad things happen all the time to people who don’t deserve it, regardless of whether or not they are in touch with their “positive energies.” S ...more
Nicholas Sparks
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you have yet to read this wonderful novel, do yourself a favor and do so. It's original and captivating, and I simply adored Enzo (the narrator ... who also happens to be a dog). It tells the story of a particular family, with twists and turns that keep the pages turning. It's a perfect read for a rainy afternoon or while laying in bed, the kind of novel that you'll remember long after you've finished.
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm shocked...shocked, by how much I loved this book.

The narrator is a dog.

There is much mentioning of racing - Formula One, NASCAR, Indy....

and the narrator is a dog. But I think I mentioned that already.

I liked this book so much that it made me want a dog. No, it made me want this dog. And I don't even like dogs.

Enzo, a terrier/lab mutt, believes in his next life he will be human. As he feels practically human already, just limited to grand gestures due to his loose-muscled tongue and lack of
Raeleen Lemay
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction


There were some things, plot-wise, that felt a bit unnecessary (those damn grandparents) but other that that, I loved this! It never felt weird to be reading from the perspective of a dog, which was a huge surprise to me. Enzo sort of reminded me of Garfield in some ways, like how he had snarky little comments and criticisms that we, as readers, are privy to. It was super entertaining!

This was an incredibly emotional story, but it
Oct 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
Yet another book I was reading as a preview to see if I should purchase it as a gift. Sadly, no.

Equally disappointing is disliking the work of a local author. I always want to like local authors (and artists of all stripes), but it isn't always possible.

First, I don't think automobile racing is a good metaphor for life. Maybe it is, but I have a bias. I hate the automobile. I think the personal automobile is the single most destructive concept we've conceived. To then race them (in circles, no l
May 21, 2008 marked it as holy-shit-this-got-published
Recommends it for: dorky, dork headed, dork meisters
A). This book is written from the perspective of a dog.

B). The first line of this book is, "Enzo knew he was diferent from other dogs"

C). This book is written from the perspective of a dog.

D).Inside the book there are statements such as, "That which you maifest is before you." and "No race has ever been won in the first corner; many races have been lost there".

E). This book is written from the perspective of a dog.

F). Starbucks is heavily promoting it.

G). This book is written from the perspectiv
Miranda Reads
That beginning - whew - nearly shorted out my kindle with the tears.

If you're like me (avoiding sad books like the plague), you'll feel the urge to abandon this book after Chapter 1.

Don't do that.

There is an absolutely beautiful story that has to be told (and don't worry, the ending is not as sad as the beginning implies.)
I’ve always felt almost human. I’ve always known that there’s something about me that’s different than other dogs.
Enzo belongs to Denny (and Eve and Zoe, but mostly
Dana Stabenow
Apr 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yeehaw!.....a Zebra is dancing? .....Car racing? .... in the RAIN?.......
What’s going on?
And you thought this was a DOG story? Don’t let those other 8,249 Amazon reviews fool ya. Just because you see a Golden Retriever on the cover of Garth Stein’s novel.....this novel isn’t a doggy dog story at all.
I don’t care if you own a dog or not - own cats or birds or nothin- this book is more HUMAN than HUMAN!!! ENZO is showing us the BEST QUALITIES of HUMANITY.

I may be late to the party in reading thi
Norma * Traveling Sister
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by GARTH STEIN is an inspirational, wonderful, and sad story that had me feeling so many different emotions while listening to this book. Laughter...happiness...sadness....anger...and even a few tears. I had chills and goosebumps! That is good writing to make me feel so many different emotions while reading/listening to a book.

It was such a touching and uplifting story about the life of Enzo the dog, which was told from his own perspective. I found this story to be
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to reclaim direction and a sense of purpose
Recommended to Lisa by: no one had to, it's narrarated by a dog and used racing as a met
this is positively one of the most masterfully simple yet profound novels i have read/heard in years. i listened to the audio version on the way back from my last trip to pittsburgh and, as another reviewer commented, it's a tear jerker. i boo hoo'ed quite a bit and then raced to the nearest borders to reread the parts of the story that moved me the most. this story is a fascinating study of the human condition as witnessed by Enzo, the dog narrator. this will at once seize your emotions and pro ...more
Lisa Kay
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★★★★★ An amazing book; one of the best I’ve read in over a decade. Some of you, who know me, are aware that I am still friends with my ex-husband; a relationship that spans over 32 years. What you may not know is that he is battling the Big “C” – cancer. Now, after five valiant years, he is debating whether to enter Hospice or not. Needless to say, the last thing I, a dog-lover and ex-ICU nurse, wanted to do was read a book where a wonderful canine, Enzo, on the eve of his death, re
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tear jerker! I'm writing this and sobbing! What a beautiful work of art. Enzo the dog was such a life force to reckon with. I love him and he's just a made up character! All of these characters... Denny, Zoe, Enzo, Mike, Eve.. Such masterful people! It ended the way I expected but I so loved the very end. Such a perfect ending to the story :) read this!!!!! You will not be sorry you did! Such a magnificent story as told by a dog. Would love to see a movie based on this story.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, usa
I just loved it.
So sad.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dog lovers, anyone looking for something a little different
What I loved:
1. Enzo is the coolest. dog. ever. And that includes my dog, who happens to be pretty hip. He's caring, he's funny. I love it.
2. The way Enzo narrates is awesome. I have a feeling that if dogs - smart dogs, who are about to come back as men - could talk, this is what they would sound like.
3. I plowed through this book because I was utterly unable to put it down. It isn't so much that I wanted to find out what happened next in the plot; I wanted to find out what Enzo had to say and w
Oct 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I was rather sceptical about The Art of Racing in the Rain. I continued to be so as I read, even when I was more than halfway through. It bothered me: the description of Eve's illness, the situation with Annika. And I wasn't sure I was getting much out of it in return for getting so unsettled. I didn't think that much of the narration -- the conceit of a dog narrating the story. Parts just didn't go together: you can't have a really smart dog with ideas on philosophy who then gets confused about ...more
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book was a gift from my father-in-law, who knows that I like to read and that I like dogs. I knew the moment I read the title and looked at the cover and read the inside of the dust jacket that it wasn’t the kind of book I would ever choose for myself, but it was a gift, and I read pretty much anything whenever I have the chance to, so I decided I’d give it a shot. I made it all the way through, but barely.

The first thing I could not help but notice was the writing style, composed of simpl
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Judging from the other Goodreads reviews and the recommendations of my friends, I seem to be a minority of one in my low estimation of this book. It's not that I disliked it, per se, but I really resented the way this sappy, anthropomorphic story stomped on every emotion in my body. If you need a good cry for some other reason, by all means grab yourself a box of tissues and a copy of this book and go for it. You can get it all out and no one will ask you what's wrong when they see what you are ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was a little doubtful I would like this book when I first heard about it. (I mean it was a Starbucks book recommendation and so what kind of new age garbage would I be getting into?) But I need to read more fiction, and I heard from another source it was very good, so I bought it.

I was immediately sucked into the book and did not want to put it down. It has very short chapters so I kept saying, "Just one more," and then the book was over. But it is still in my thoughts, a really good sign.

I th
Mar 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
I haven't given a book less than 2 stars in a very long time because normally I won't finish a book if I'm disliking it that much. But this was for book club and I felt like I should give the whole book a shot; plus the audiobook was well performed and helped me get through most of it. Unfortunately, this book was not for me.

I think the idea of a dog narrator is novel and fun—and going into the book I was really excited to see how it was done and read from a unique perspective. However, I though
2015 Super Favorite!

I went into this novel not knowing much about it really, only afraid I wouldn't be able to handle it if it was too sad (being the animal lover than I am) and had already started a great classic play I was eager to get into, but after reading two chapters of The Art of Racing in The Rain I knew it would be utterly impossible to put it down...and it was.

This story is so much more than I thought it would be. It is touching, inspirational, filled with kindness, understanding and

4.5 stars!

This novel was as close to perfect as they come.

I saw this book going through everyone's feed a year or so back and naturally, my inner rebel came out and I refused to read it. A few weeks ago when I was browsing the available audio books at my local library, I saw this and put a hold on it. Even I can't be a rebel forever. It came in at the end of last week and I finally read (listened) to the damned thing.

I just finished one of the biggest crying jags a book has ever caused me. I lo
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'll start by saying that I'm not much of a "dog person" and nor am I a race car fan. I've never been to Seattle, and the novel as fable genre has not done much for me. That being said, after "The Art of Racing in the Rain" - I need a new dog, I drive faster, and I loved this book.

I had stumbled across three reviews of this book within one 24 hour period, so I felt like I was being led to read this book that on the surface help only a small appeal - a story from a dog's perspective - pretty uniq
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book is narrated by a pooch named Enzo, an observant insightful Labrador-Terrier mix. Enzo loves his owner Denny Swift, a race car driver who starts out as a customer service rep at a car dealership in Seattle. Enzo and Denny watch TV together, especially the Speed Channel and - when he's left home alone - Enzo likes to watch the Weather Channel, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, etc.

As the book opens Enzo is old and dying but hopeful he'll be reincarnated as a human - a notion h
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dog and pet lovers
Recommended to Linda by: The Book
I expected this to be another "Marley and Me." In that it is about a dog's love for its people and its peoples' love of the dog, the two books are alike. But there is a sad undertone throughout "Racing in the Rain," that I never felt in "Marley."

Here's why: from the beginning we know that Enzo (the pooch!) is recalling his life story on the eve of his death. That fact struck like an arrow in my heart because in August I had to put my dog to sleep. A first for me even though I've been around for
Ever since I was completely traumatized by Old Yeller in elementary school, my policy is to avoid any books that involve the death or injury of pets. This is further cemented in my Bibliophile Personal Commandments List above even the biggies like "Do Not EVER Dogear Pages, Useth a Bookmark'' and "No Murderous Spine Creasing.'' When my son came home last year from school carrying That-Evil-Book-I-Can't-Stand, I went so far as to completely spoil the ending for him from the start. That book -- kn ...more
Bionic Jean
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bionic Jean by: Donald
"There is no dishonor in losing the race ... there is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose."

"We are the creators of our own destiny."

The Art of Racing in the Rain is a novel by Garth Stein from 2008, about an aspiring racing driver, his dreams and his life struggles. The novel would be a fairly ordinary contemporary tale, except that it is written from the point of view of the main character's dog, a labrador retriever, terrier cross called Enzo. The dog was named after Enz
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would. I thought the novelty of the book would wear off quick, a narrating dog, surely not? but I was a believer. I loved Enzo and all his dog thoughts! I thought it such a clever way to tell this story! It was charming, witty and utterly heartbreaking. So many emotions felt during the reading of this book. Not once did I question the validity of Enzo telling this story. I think that makes this book 5/5 for me! Read it and weep. Literally.
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