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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (155,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garth Stein Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780062067579
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Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?

Meet one funny dog—Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching television and listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zoë, his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack—it isn’t simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family’s challenges and emerges a hero. In the end, Enzo holds in his heart the dream that Denny will go on to be a racing champion with his daughter by his side. For theirs is an extraordinary friendship—one that reminds us all to celebrate the triumph of the human (and canine) spirit.

This is a special adaptation for young people of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling adult novel The Art of Racing in the Rain.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you had a tail, Racing in the Rain would make you wag.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Older middle-grade to young-adult readers will not be able to put down this book.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Fasulo | 2/12/2014

    " So good. Got Kleenex? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cece | 2/1/2014

    " This book is so heart-warming. From Enzo the dog's perspective you laugh, hate the Twins, feel terrible for Denny, and cry when the end finally comes. It was a fast book, but now I will definitely look at my dog differently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/25/2014

    " Loved this book. Bawled my eyes out through large chunks of it, but loved it anyway. Well written and definitely pulls at the heart strings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelynm | 1/20/2014

    " I just re-read this and was again so enthralled with Enzo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Smith-reiser | 1/14/2014

    " I just loved this book- a friend gave it to me and said read it a long while ago...i needed a book for the train and am I glad I read it. Life, philosophy, family, racing and an amazing dog...read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Mann | 12/27/2013

    " Fabulous! Made me really think about the importance of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Trelfa | 12/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. I will likely read it again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S. L. | 12/26/2013

    " It has been a few years since I read this book, but it left such an impression on me that in 2013, I remember much detail about this very well written book. I highly recommend this non typical book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel Reyes | 12/9/2013

    " From time to time great readings come from simple stories. I am a dog lover and really loved the way Garth approaches the soul of these great creatures. Also the drama about the love of a father touched me deep inside. Thanks to Garth and whom ever put this book into my hands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Hatcher fraley | 12/7/2013

    " Loved this sweet story written from the perspective of the dog. A great read for those of us that cherish our four legged friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dina | 12/5/2013

    " Disappointed in this book because women and girls are only used as plot devices to help the male protagonist overcome obstacles and achieve success & fame. Male dog lists actors he looks up to, none of them female. Friends come to help out protagonist when in need, none of them female. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Sheffield | 11/16/2013

    " One of my favourite books! I lost my two dogs, and both my parents to cancer in the last two years. A friend loaned me this book and said I had to read it. I put it off for ages because I thought it would be too sad, but in fact, it was just what I needed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 10/3/2013

    " I thought this book was going to be a really light-hearted book from the dog's point of view, but it was a lot more. I love this dog, and the story stayed with me for a while. Definitely worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dori | 9/27/2013

    " Good read-sad though. I don't usually re-read books, but this one was worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheridan Farley | 9/1/2013

    " I thought this book was so sweet and I cried since it was so sweet! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 7/7/2013

    " I didn't think I would like a book told in a Dog's voice but I enjoyed it. It was whimsical and yet a good story also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Klimas | 6/11/2013

    " Made me cry like a fucking three year old "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moneek Miller | 1/21/2013

    " What a wonderful read - made me laugh out loud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Rodrigues | 1/16/2013

    " Never expected to be so moved. Knew I would like it, but worth the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Foster | 11/12/2012

    " I absolutely LOVED this book. An interesting Point of View through the dog's eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tifani | 7/14/2012

    " Sweet story. The many racing analogies became redundant after a while, which may be due to my lack of racing knowledge. But, cute, touching story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Prestwich | 3/17/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book! I hadn't expected to be so moved. A well crafted narrative tells a gripping story, with emphasis on the dog's point of view. Simply brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 2/20/2012

    " cool story about a guy and his dog it was a nice book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian_From_Neenah | 12/17/2011

    " Great book. The title made me a little Leery but ended up being a diamond in the rough. A book about a dog who tells you his life story. In a witty, humorous, sad & wonderful way... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Deien | 9/12/2011

    " Great book. I am a dog lover & love a great story. Definitely recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/17/2011

    " Sad...happy...I loved the story and I especially loved Enzo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 5/22/2011

    " Beautiful. I cried, its just so amazing. No words to describe it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 5/21/2011

    " Not what I expected. I don't think I'll look at my dog the same way again. An excellent read but be prepared for a good cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/21/2011

    " Loved it, not as much as "A Dog's Purpose" but it was still really good, it went too fast. (Ha!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deana | 5/20/2011

    " This was a sweet story, but it was written from teh perspective of a dog so I think you would have to be an animal lover to really enjoy it... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ingrid | 5/20/2011

    " The overall story was sweet, but the writing was very boring to me. For me, the story dragged on forever and didn't get interesting until the end. However, there was a lot written about cars and racing which I have zero interest in, so that could have been it. Glad I am done reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/20/2011

    " I really liked the style in which this book was written from the dogs perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/20/2011

    " This is one of the best books I read so far this year. The only thing I recommend is not to read much of it in a public place, because crying ensued on the train and it was embarassing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 5/20/2011

    " I liked the writing but thought the story moved along pretty slowly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 5/19/2011

    " I loved this book, have read it once and plan on reading it again. A very moving story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 5/19/2011

    " A must read for any dog lover! It moved me to tears! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/19/2011

    " It was good, but sad. I cried at the end even though I knew up-front what is going to happen. "

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About the Author
Author Garth Stein

Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, published in thirty-five languages. He is also the author of the novels How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon. He lives in Seattle with his family.

About the Narrator

Henry Leyva is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.