Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
From the back of the CD case: "After death only those dogs who are ready may return to the earth as men. Enzo senses that he is close, but for now his thoughts are consumed by the family he is very much a part of. His master Denny has suffered the loss of his wife and has had to fight her parents for custody of his daughter. Even so, Denny maintains his dream of succeeding as a race-car driver. Life, however, is often strewn with the twisted wreckage that oftentimes mars the speedway."
While this audiobook had it's funny moments, its insightful moments, and its heart-wrenching moments, and the narrator, Christopher Evan Welch, did a pretty good job, I never did quite get into it. Between the brow-beating about manifesting your destiny, constant talk of auto racing (which I admit I'm not into), and never quite getting the full story (why was Eve's dad obsessed with getting custody of Zoe?), it just couldn't hold my attention very well. I did get through it, but I think if I'd been reading the book, instead of listening to the CDs while I did other things in my car and around the house, I wouldn't have finished it.
If you're a dog lover and a race car lover, then this may be the perfect book for you. If not, I'd probably recommend skipping it.