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The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain | Garth Stein
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, Zo, 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 Zo 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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OriginalCyn620
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Because of Marley & Me, I was in a dog phase ten years ago. I loved that this book was from the dog‘s POV!
#bookyoureadin2010 #auldlangreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still have to read this!! 2w
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Lara.Tomme
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I have read a few books told by dogs this year. And I like it very very much. Enzo is an amazing dog with a human soul. I liked to listen to him talk about his life and his perspective of humans around him. Some chapters were a bit over dramatic for me. It is always the humans I least like in a book with animal characters. This one too, was amazing because of Enzo.
I also watched the movie adaption this year. Beautiful movie.
⭐ ⭐⭐⭐

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Letora
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Bailedbailed

So many people have recommended this book. I was hoping for something similar to Watership Down, where the reader views the world through a dog's perspective. Instead the dog was too human and made bad jokes about being a dog. And I didn't buy the fact he learned everything from tv. I couldn't bring myself to finish it

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Bono394
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Day 10:
The Art if Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Ok. Let's face it. This is a book about a dog. We ALL know how this is going to end. But even with that knowledge, this is such a sweet book about a dog's gift and you can't help but feel the love throughout.

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BlankInk_WhitePaper
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Almost finished this book! Good story line, captivating ... All about the struggle and lot of motivating lines from adorable narrator Enzo🐶. Though I thought some parts were unnecessarily repeated. A must read for all the dog lovers...#holidayreading #positive

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readingrockets
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Picked this up at a garage sale today and dove right in to reading it. Enjoying it so far.

BrittanyReads I would cry so hard if I read this. Lol 2mo
readingrockets @BrittanyReads I probably will cry! I already teared up on some parts that weren‘t even said just really sweet lol. 2mo
readingrockets Sad not said lol @BrittanyReads 2mo
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JennyM
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Enzo, the dog who narrates this story, is like all our fur babies, and is just #livingforlove 🐶
#movember

Cathythoughts Yes lots of love with the fur babies 🐶🐶🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Look at the face on the cover! 🐾 💙 2mo
TrishB Awww 🐶🐶❤️💜 2mo
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Freespirit Great book❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Awwwwww....sweet 2mo
Kalalalatja Awww that face 😍 2mo
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mimsickle
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I fell in love with this book. Told from the dogs perspective and from the outset I knew I was going to cry and I was not wrong. Beautifully written.

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nicolelynn1227
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Amazing book!! A must read! I read it in two days, cried and laughed the entire book. It was beautifully written in the point of view of a dog. This book is now my new favorite 💗

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BarkingMadRun
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Graciouswarriorprincess Enjoy! I'll have an hour tonight at the Durham Silent Book Club meeting! Happy reading! 3mo
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Joanne1
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I adored this book and the audio narration was wonderful, despite some oddly places music. The dog, Enzo is easily one of the best literary digs ever! But the cruelty of the grandparents made me so so cross.

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Lillianmt.73
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It was a very sad and emotional book but a very heart warming one as well. I would definitely read it again.

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Devyn
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Day 4: #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein 😍

Desha What a pretty version! 📚♥️ 4mo
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Shelbs1825
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This book brought all my emotions out. Couldn‘t put down

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 🧡📖🧡 3mo
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy ☕️📚📚📚☕️ 3mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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Loved both the book and the movie!!! I bawled and bawled. We had to put our dog down May 7th. He was almost 14 years old and was such a great dog!!

VioletBramble My entire family went to see the movie together. We all loved the book and the movie. 🐶❤️ 4mo
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Jemmygem
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Enjoyed the book definitely a tear jerker. Here‘s my doggy

MsLeah8417 💔💔💔💔💔 4mo
Bookwm85forever One of my favorites!! 4mo
ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 4mo
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Jemmygem
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Cat loves the fire 🔥 too

Book_Fairy_Mary I wish it was cool enough for a fire here! We're still fighting Temps in the 90s every day 😔 4mo
Jemmygem @Book_Fairy_Mary I prefer the heat will trade lol. 4mo
ladym30 Pretty kitty!❤️ 4mo
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Jemmygem
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Where has the Sumer gone. Cold day time for fire and book 📚

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rachelm
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1. I hated the dog as narrator conceit here, sorry 🤷🏻‍♀️
2. The Good Place
3. Egg in a hole!
4. CST
5. Green Society (from Guernsey Literary...)

Love seeing all your #friyayintro posts!

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Jemmygem
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My pal lent me this book for my birthday weekend looking forward to reading it. Much love.

Scochrane26 Keep tissues handy. 4mo
Jemmygem @Scochrane26 ok good to know. 4mo
Brithomas17 Great book! 4mo
michellelav Love the superheros! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 4mo
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IamIamIam
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Anything involving a dog always packs a gut punch. Dogs will always be too good for us and Enzo is no exception. They are smarter, more loving and more loyal than we could ever imagine. Excellent life lessons in this reread, one being "the car goes where the eyes go". Crying is mandatory.

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Wildly_Bookish
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If you want a feel good, make you cry, happy-sad book, this is the one. Fantastic. I had to read it before I see the movie, and I wasn't disappointed. Enzo tells Denny's story in a heartwrenching way, based on what he is able to learn from one sided phone conversations, people speaking secrets in his presence, and watching television. My heart hurt for Denny non-stop.

I find myself looking at my dog, Duke (pictured), wondering...

#booktoscreen

huntersmom1977 I remember reading this book when it first came out. I cried on a public bus for the first time ever. Duke is so handsome! So lucky 🍀 4mo
Wildly_Bookish Thanks! We love him! ❤🐶 4mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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I DNF'd The Guest Book by Sarah Blake. It's the first time I didn't force myself to continue. But as the members of #MBC say, life is too short to read books you're not enjoying. The kicker is, if I could get through it, I'm sure I would love it.

I picked up my next library loan to start. The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein. Hopefully it lives up to the hype.

#kindle #libbyapp #supportyourlocallibrary #ebook #nowamovie #booktoscreen

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bookish6
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Week 22: A book about an animal
Reading: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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rebbyj
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whew! audiobook book on road from NC so my husband could enjoy.

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IamIamIam
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My husband's coworker bought me this for my birthday and even though I already read it, I didn't have a copy so I'm really excited to get this going again. We're trying to read this at the same time so I'll sneak it in amid the others!!

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SLSbooks
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A fairly strong book (for a dog) with a weak ending. If only life could be wrapped up so nicely in a big beautiful bone. If you want an unrealistic feel good story this is it. Maybe if I could actually find a dog like Enzo I wouldn‘t be so flip.

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Kshakal
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I took time away from the hospital today and went saw this... it gave me a much needed cry!!

TheNerdyProfessor I have a golden and cried too 😭😭 I hated the humans in this move. Definitely went home and hugged my dog for 10 hours. 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 LOVED the book, I‘ll wait till film comes out on DVD and get it out of library. They go to dvd so quickly now! 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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One from my tbr shelf, and it‘s been made into a film.

#ayupaugust #rain

TheDaysGoBy Really enjoyed this one! The movie was good but naturally the book was better 5mo
squirrelbrain The reviews I saw this weekend slated the film... 😬 5mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been told this book will devastate you, if you‘re a dog owner 💔 5mo
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KristenDuck
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Panpan

Nope.

I appreciate that people LOVE this book, and this is not the first time I have been in the minority. Clearly I am missing something.

First in case you don‘t already know, this is a book about a dying dog, Enzo, told from his perspective. He relives his life with his owner, which is also tragically sad.

Too much.

Not sure why this story would need to be told from Enzo‘s perspective? Dont understand the insight it provided to the story.

cj82487 Uve had friends say the same thing ab this one. Same goes for those movies from a dog's perspective it's just tooooo much 5mo
cj82487 I've ^^ not uve 🤦‍♀️ 5mo
KristenDuck @cj82487 I don‘t mind sad books but this one I was just like “come on....” and honestly it didn‘t really add anything to hear the story told by the dog. It was all about the owner‘s life. 5mo
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KristenDuck
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I‘m going to be in the minority again...

Tonight I reached about the 75% marker with “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” and while I will certainly push myself to finish, I don‘t love it.

In fact, I don‘t even think I like it.

I will wait to post a full review when I am finished obviously but I just don‘t agree that this is the type of story that should have been narrated by a dog? Heavy much?

But anyway, look how cute my cats are with me!

SW-T Cute cats 🐱 😊 5mo
Scorpioseah Wow there's two companions 🥰 5mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Such cuties. I have four and being even that close could cause WWIII among them. But some days I will catch them sitting near each other and I have to run for my camera. It happens so infrequently. 5mo
brit91 Cute babies!😻😻😻 5mo
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sarahreinhard
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Maybe it‘s because I‘ve been reading W. Bruce Cameron‘s books in the last few months, and I much prefer his voicing of dogs. Maybe it‘s that I think some of the reincarnation spirituality in this is bull. Maybe it‘s just timing. This was well-edited, I‘ll give it that. And it was a quick read. In the end, though, it was like getting a turkey burger when you were expecting a T-bone steak.

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shellleigh33
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Just finished this up on this Sunday. 5 ⭐️ read. Pulled it off my book shelf to read before watching the movie. Not sure why I waited so long to read it. Such a good, quick read! This book had me from page one!

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BibliophileLibrarian
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Such a beautiful story! I loved that the dog told his story.

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AileenRR
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Did not expect this one to be so spiritual.
I guess I liked it, but because a couple of friends had raved about this one so much, I was surprised there were parts that I absolutely hated. A lot. I was angry.

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Rachiiebookdragon
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What a sweet story, Enzo forever in our hearts ❤️ 5/5 *Edit* They are making a film of it! 😱😢🤩🥺

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alekreads
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*immediately adds to my tbr list so I can be ready for the movie*

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rather_be_reading
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You guys I might meet Milo (aka Jess) and Amanda Seyfried!!

Scochrane26 That would be really cool! My first thought I seeing this post though is that I won‘t be able to watch the movie—I already cried in my car with the audiobook, a movie would be much worse. (edited) 6mo
rather_be_reading @Scochrane26 thts why i dont wnt to see the movie lol 6mo
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gradcat
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#manicmonday

1. The Art of Racing in the Rain 📖
2. Ditto above, but Marley & Me has been out much longer 🎥
3. 🎶 How much is that doggy in the window? 🎶
But the first thing I thought was, “Awww, puppy!” 😂♥️

JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤🐶🖤 6mo
gradcat @JoScho No problem at all! Sometimes I don‘t see them, or I forget that it‘s a #manicmonday day, but I think you‘re so great to do these—they‘re fun! 6mo
JoScho Aww thanks. I am glad you enjoy them sweet lady. 😊🖤 6mo
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crazyspine
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@wanderinglynn #BFCR2 optional photo challenge week 5

My favorite work out is walking dogs. I'm very fortunate to finally getting paid to do it, but here I am with 2 of my brothers y mi papa @BookBridget @jmtrivera @mc916 @BookishBelle @laurar311 @WriterAtHeart @Honeybeegirl

wanderinglynn Walking is a great workout! And with dogs makes it even better! ❤️🐶 Thanks for sharing. 6mo
BookBridget My sweet pups! 6mo
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Allthingsbooks
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I love anything dog....this book was no exception. I loved that it was written in the voice of the dog.

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Kaydee
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I put this down for a min and cracked up when i saw my Lilly laying like this...

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TheDaysGoBy
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So I forgot to review this book Sunday when I returned. We listened to this audiobook on the drive to the beach and finished it up on the way back. It was so good! Admittedly, I saw the previews for the movie with Milo Ventimiglia that‘s coming out but my mom vouched for how good the story was. And we were all in agreement! The narrator was great and there was something interesting about it being from the dog‘s POV

cariashley Gorgeous picture, where is that?? 6mo
TheDaysGoBy @cariashley It was looking off the deck at the beach house we stayed at in Corolla, Outer Banks. The beach house community had a lake which gave some great sunsets…and left us all massively bit up 😂 6mo
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Maman929
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I knew this would have me shedding a tear or two, but also knew I would probably love it. And I did. Just the kind of read I needed 👍

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Maman929
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I hope I am emotionally equipped to read this one. Two pages in and I am already getting worried 😕. #dogsoflitsy

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huntersmom1977
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One of my favourite books!!!
I will see the movie, and I‘m pretty sure I‘ll cry till I have a panic attack, then pass out from a broken heart. Ugh!! Fabulous writing!!

laur89 Me too! I almost cried just watching the trailer. 😂 6mo
huntersmom1977 @laur89 Me too girl!! Me too! ❤️ 6mo
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Tanzy13
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OMG I loved this book, but I haven‘t read it in forever and now it is being made into a movie and I am so excited, I hope they do the book justice 😱🐶❤️📚

Kdgordon88 The book was amazing! I will have to wait til it comes out on dvd due to the loud sobbing that I am sure will happen while watching. 6mo
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Oryx
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How did I not know this is happening?

Now I have the fear - this is one of my favourite books - surely I can only be disappointed by the film? But the trailer actually looks kinda good and close to the book.

https://youtu.be/Dp2ufFO4QGg

tealatte Mmm, not sure Kevin Costner's voice is working for me as Enzo. 6mo
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