Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My rating: 3/5

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.

1 comment:

  1. The book "The Art of Racing in the Rain" relates to real life problems and situations that could occur or connect to any reader. It is told from a dogs point of view and is written extremely well from his perspective. The main character Denny is a race car driver. He is married to Eve and has a daughter named Zoey. Eve is diagnosed with cancer and that is when Denny's problems start to bud. Eves parents have never liked Denny but Denny is forced to leave Eve and Zoey with them because he can't give Eve the care she needs while working. The Grandparents cause huge problems for Denny and seem to have no heart but in the end it works out because justice is served. The main message throughout this story is every thing works itself out in the end with patience and perseverance. And Denny shows these true trait and is extremely civilized. What I liked about this book was that it could relate to a lot of people even though the story is made up there are so many good messages.


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