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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 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, ZoË, 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 ZoË 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.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain
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4.5 / 5
Art of racing in the rain
January 4th, 2016
Spellbinding and a must read for animal and human lovers. Though fictional it is very believable. Entertaining and inspirational!
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Great book for animal lovers
November 24th, 2015
I absolutely loved this book. If you have dogs, this book will change your perspective of how they see life.
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Great read !
November 11th, 2015
I loved this book! It made me laugh, it made me cry and it makes me want to look deeper into dogs eyes . !! A must read. One of my all time favorites.
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Awesome Book
July 29th, 2015
I really enjoyed this book. I am not a dog person but this book made me wish I had a dog. Awesomely written novel and would recommend it to friends.
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The entire emotional gamut
May 31st, 2015
This book immediately grabs you and draws you into the world as seen through the eyes of man's best friend. It is beautifully written and had me laughing, crying, snorting, chuckling, contemplating... sometimes all at once. Read this book.
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Art of Racing in the Rain
May 20th, 2015
One of the best books to read if you love dogs. Reading this book will make you love your dog or dogs more.
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Funny and sweet
April 26th, 2015
I loved this book. It was funny, sweet and I fell in love with the characters. This is a must read for dog lovers.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
April 7th, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it in one day, finding it difficult to put down. I will have to speak to my dog differently from now on, assuming he is as insightful as Enzo is.
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Racing in the Rain
March 21st, 2015
A very good read. A story from a dog's perspective makes one wonder of their own dogs antics. If only dogs could talk....
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Must read
February 21st, 2015
An important read with a timeless message.appealing to readers of many ages.great characters with important stories to learn
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Cute as cute can be!
January 11th, 2015
A easy read that will leave you smiling and wanting a new puppy! A nice read for any dog lover who's wondering what the heck is going on in that mutt's brain!
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
December 20th, 2014
This book provides an insight into the mind of a dog and the love for his family, the depths in which he will go to help is master and the art of racing when his life has come to an end. Emotional, deep, funny, a really good read.
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The Art of racing in the rain
November 17th, 2014
A darling book. The story of a young family told through the wise perceptions of the loving family dog. Insightful. Could't put it down.
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Heartwarming story!
October 30th, 2014
Written from a dog's point of view, this book is a heartwarming story of Enzo's journey through life with his master. Fantastically well written, this is a very easy book to read. Enzo's story is both hilarious and tear-jerking. Highly recommended read for anyone with or without a pet.
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Awesome!
October 5th, 2014
I loved this book. If you are looking for a book that draws out every emotion you have within, while unwittingly coaching you on how to live a good life, then this is the book for you! Everyone should have to read this book once. The world would be a better place!
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Amazing read !
August 28th, 2014
Loved the book. While the book can be sad...its all of a sudden uplifting and cheerful. A real roller coaster of emotions :)
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
August 20th, 2014
Recommended to me by niece, thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was sweet, funny and just a great read.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
August 3rd, 2014
I loved this story! It's my favourite read of the summer so far. The woman at the bookstore recommended it to me, but I would have never chosen it without her suggestion. I am so glad I took it! There are so many points in the story where you just think nothing can get sadder but its so uplifting at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone. Great read!
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Surprised how much I enjoyed this
August 1st, 2014
a year to read Shantaram a few days to read this. really good read if you love dogs...but that's not necessary.
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The Art Of Racing in the Rain
July 16th, 2014
One of my favorite books!
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July 8th, 2014
Great feel good book.
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The Art of a Racing in the Rain
July 3rd, 2014
If you are a dog lover, this is a must read! Keep the tissues handy.
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Fantastic
June 28th, 2014
One of my favourite reads!
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
May 28th, 2014
I loved this book.
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racing in the rain
May 13th, 2014
what a great book. narrated by the dog!
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The art of racing in the rain
April 27th, 2014
Thank you for writing this incredibly beautiful book,it has been a long time since I laughed and cried while reading a book,I will never ever forget this story,or you fr writing it....blessings
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Loved it!
April 23rd, 2014
A truly beautiful read.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
February 25th, 2014
Loved this book. The trial and story around it get a little tedious but the interaction between Enzo and Denny is heartfelt and perfect. I imagine that all dogs would think this way. A great read!
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February 3rd, 2014
Read the book in two sittings. The personification of Enzo makes one hope that one's own dog has the same ambitions, loves, and dedication to their own family. Very touching.
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January 29th, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It had me laughing, crying and smiling the whole way through. It made me look at my own dog in a whole different light.
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Really?
January 26th, 2014
Did not bother to finish this book.
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January 25th, 2014
Working in pet health I love reading books from the animals point of view. This book went above and beyond with great wrighting and insight thoughout. I did get emotional at the end and found my self tearing up even though I new what was coming the entire time.
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January 24th, 2014
I absolutely LOVED every page of this book! I was a little leery when I read that is was written in a dog's perspective, but someone had recommended it to me and I am so thankful that they did! It is so different from anything I have read and has the most amazing story about life - not to mention that is beautifully written from start to finish. If you are seeking a heartwarming easy read that is truly unforgettable, I urge you to read this book!
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January 24th, 2014
This was an enjoyable read. I laughed and cried.
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January 23rd, 2014
Often we wonder what do animals think about humans and how would they react to ongoing situations. This book enables the reader into Enzo's world with humor, reality and compassion. Written in the dog's perspective was absolutely brilliant. A MUST READ!!!!!!!
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I have read this book a dozen times and will continue to reread it as time goes on. It is impossible to keep your emotions in check while reading this. Phenomenally written from the perspective of a very wise dog.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I am not a dog lover or hater but I did fall in love with this book as have others that I have encountered. An easy, enjoyable but enlightening read, I recommended it to a son-in-law, who advised that his boss at work, who routinely leant him books to read, refused to let him have this book because of her love for it!!! A selling point if there ever needed to be one.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
A heart warming read which takes you through an emotional ride. Enzo is by far mans best friend in this book. Really enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain, my wife is now reading this book.
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Great read
January 13th, 2014
For anyone who loves dogs and racing.
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Business Owner
January 12th, 2014
Sweetness and light. Life through the clear loving humble eyes of a devoted dog. This book surpassed my expectations and brought memories to mind of some of the most tender moments of my life. Enzo and Denny have stolen pieces of my heart forever. Life's lessons bitter and sweet can and do come often through those that see only what it right and true.
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1 review
January 9th, 2014
An excellent read. Such a different perspective and voice. Couldn't put it down.!
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Racing in the Rain, yes!
January 5th, 2014
Great book for dog lovers everywhere.
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My favourite book!
January 2nd, 2014
Picked this up years ago for something different and I got all my friends to read it as well. Heart wrenching story but also filled with hope. A must read for any dog lover.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
December 30th, 2013
I loved this book. Quick and enjoyable read, great plot twists and awesome point of view.
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Loved it!
December 28th, 2013
I am sorry that it took me this long to pick up this book! The premise sounded corny but the on the contrary! I laughed out loud, cried and was sad when it was over. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Loved it!
December 28th, 2013
I am sorry that it took me this long to pick up this book! The premise sounded corny but the on the contrary! I laughed out loud, cried and was sad when it was over. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Very Cute story
December 28th, 2013
This is a cute story written from a dogs eyes. I am a dog lover and also had an Italian dog named Enzo so I couldn't resist this book. I enjoyed this simple yet heart warming book a lot.
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1 review
A must-read for any dog lover!
December 27th, 2013
A great book for anyone who feels strong bond towards their dog. A tear jerker at times, though.
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Determination
December 27th, 2013
In the face of adversity and the the pursuit of your wildest dreams, never stopping.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
December 25th, 2013
Although I felt this novel was very predictable and the overall plot had tons of room for improvement, it is still a great read that I would recommend. Especially to dog/animal lovers. Also a great read for men.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
December 24th, 2013
This book was truly wonderful to read. It made my look at my dogs a little differently. Beautiful book!
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Awesome
December 4th, 2013
Enjoyed every second.
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1 review
November 30th, 2013
I believe in dogs. This book is for the dog lover in anyone. Such a beautiful story it pulls your heart-strings
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November 13th, 2013
I loved this book! I have a dog but am not a dog lover (cat person), but have a much deeper appreciation and more respect, and yes, more love for my dog.
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November 9th, 2013
The Art of Racing in the Rain has now become my favourite book. I could not put it down. From the viewpoint of the family dog (Enzo). I now look differently at my own dog. This story touched my heart. I tell so many people about this book when they ask for reading suggestions and they all tell me how much they enjoyed the book.
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November 4th, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and sad and heartwarming all at the same time. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will enjoy this book.
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The art of racing in the rain.
November 1st, 2013
Probably the best book I have ever read.
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Unconditional love!
October 29th, 2013
What a wonderful story. A story that shows the kind of love that truly can exist between a human and a dog. I believe there is a reason why dog is God spelled backwards!
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Joyful
October 28th, 2013
Such an excellent read. I chose this for my Book Club. They all loved it. It truly has something for everyone. Enjoy!
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
October 20th, 2013
Best book I've read in a long time. Note: that's about 75 books a year for me (+ or -) ... makes me wish I had been an "enduro" racer. Sure makes me love my dogs even more...
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
October 16th, 2013
Awesome heartwarming read for a dog lover like me. Thank you Garth Stein.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
One of the best books I've ever read..........and will reread, just because.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
Well written and keeps you wanting to read more
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October 4th, 2013
Beautiful story! A must read for dog lovers!!
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October 4th, 2013
Loved this book! Laugh -out-loud funny and heart breakingly sad (you WILL cry).Life through Enzo's eyes is refreshing and inspiring, and you'll really wish your dog could speak human...
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
This is a great read, written from the dog's perspective. If you've ever wondered what your dog was thinking, pick up this book, you'll look at your pet a bit differently. Very enjoyable, I would recommend it to anyone who owns a dog!
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October 4th, 2013
Amazing book. Have a box of tissue at hand for the ending, which is both happy and sad.
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October 4th, 2013
Great book! I loved Enzo the dog, he's such a great character and i loved how creative the author was in describing things from a dogs point of view.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
A friend gave me this book to read shortly after we had to put our pet of 14 years down. She had been sick and in pain for some time but we still had an empty feeling about whether we had done the right thing. Reading this book help to bring us some peace of mind that we had done the right thing for her.
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October 4th, 2013
Wonderful story, told very creatively from the dogs perspective. It made me think twice about what my animals are thinking (c: filled with moments of laughter, tears and everything inbetween.
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October 4th, 2013
An easy enjoyable read filled with thoughts about life and how to live it well. Writing from the dog perspective keeps it simple but refreshing, There are many smiles and a few tears within the pages. Definitely recommended reading.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
One of the best books I have ever read. I recommend it to all my friends.
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October 4th, 2013
This book was fantastic. At first I wondered about a boon written from a dogs perspective. I fell in love !
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October 4th, 2013
Very excellent read. Written in first person by the family dog, this book has a unique and convincing point of view. Dog lovers and racing lovers will appreciate and enjoy this book.
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A Page Turner and Tear Jerker!
October 4th, 2013
I read this book twice, once before I was a dog owner and also after. I loved it the first time, and just as much the second time (cried both times). This is a must read. It is so unique as it is written from the point of view of a dog. Amazing!
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October 4th, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is written through the perspective of the beautiful character Enzo, who is a dog. Wonderfully written, with witty metaphors of life and race car driving. A heart warming piece of literature that I will always remember.
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1 review
September 15th, 2013
You will immediately fall in love with Enzo and be wanting to know what happens next, making this a book that is very hard to out down. Be warned, you will need a tissue or two as the author takes you through a wide range of emotions. I loved this book... it's well written, has a great story line and a cast of lovable characters. If you are a dog owner, this book will always make you wonder what your dog is thinking from now on. Enjoy this great read!
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The Art Of Racing In The Rain, Stein
September 10th, 2013
One of the best books I've read in awhile...both literally and figuratively, this book is so well written. It has made me laugh, cry and feel...a 10/10...I loved it!
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Good read
August 20th, 2013
Loved the book!! Unfortunately I read the end of it while sitting in the waiting room of a very public place. Had a hard time concealing my tears
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Great Read
July 31st, 2013
Fabulous book! What a great story absolutely one of my all-time favorites.
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3 reviews
Great Read
July 31st, 2013
Fabulous book! What a great story absolutely one of my all-time favorites.
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3 reviews
Great Read
July 31st, 2013
Fabulous book! What a great story absolutely one of my all-time favorites.
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A metaphor for life...
July 26th, 2013
The author uses car racing as a metaphor for life, but the story is told by a dog, and having adopted a puppy not too long ago I found this to be meaningful as well. The story starts out with an earnest discussion of the meaning of the 'soul'. Some of the racing analogies I will admit to skimming over... But all on all I would recommend this.
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The art of raceing
June 20th, 2013
Good book I love it , will read it again one day love it
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They art of racing in the rain
May 15th, 2013
The best book I have ever read. Really, I mean it. Dog lovers everywhere will fall in love with Enzo.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
April 22nd, 2013
Very enjoyable. A story narrated by Enzo the dog. A different perspective that spans the length of a dogs life, watching the trials and tribulations of his master, Denny.
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AMAZING
March 30th, 2013
I absolutely loved this book! What a beautiful story between a dog and his owner (best friend). It holds you from the first page to the very end. Do not hesitate at all about reading this book. You won't be sorry. ENJOY!
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Great doggy book...
March 29th, 2013
One of those books that I feel truly sad having to put down at the end. Bitter sweet story, great read...
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Fabulous
March 9th, 2013
The best book I have read in a long time. It is definitely worth reading.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
February 27th, 2013
Although this story has much sadness it is a lovely story with a wonderful ending that brought tears! I'm a dog lover and the authors insight into the mind and heart of a dog was compelling.
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Fantastic
January 1st, 2013
This is absolutely worth reading. It's a cute book with some depth.
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