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

I just finished listening to The Art of Racing in the Rain.  This book was recommended to me by a friend who is an English teacher.  I thought well she couldn’t be wrong since she is teaching the English language for a living.  She wasn’t wrong, but I think I would have liked this book much better if I had read it instead of listening to it.  I enjoyed Enzo and his philosophical insights.  I even forgot he was a dog sometimes, but other times when he’s playing fetch or having accidents in the house it was a real reminder the narrater was not a human.

I thought Garth Stein did a really good job and made me wonder if my own dog thought some of the same things.  The story really draws you in after a while.  But, as I said I listened to this book and I don’t think I got enough out of it as I would have if I was actually physically reading the book.  It was a shorter book and I know Iwill have to re-read this at some point.  Probably just not right now.

Maybe some books should come with disclaimers: READ this book…DON’T GET AUDIO of this book.  I don’t have a problem with either kind of reading, but when you have a do philsophising about how dogs will get re-incarnated as humans when they are ready, I think you need to physcally see these words instead of listening to them.  I think the focus needs to be there with this book.  I do recommend this book, but just don’t recommend the audio.

My English teacher friend was correct I did like this book.  It grew on me and I came to really care about Enzo, Zoe and Denny, but I think I would have gotten a more profound understanding of the book had I read it instead of listening to it.

Currently Reading: The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Currently Listening: RE-Reading One foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Next Up: Lover Reborn by J.R Ward, Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott


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