Up for Discussion: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

I’ve mentioned the AUDIOBOOKS discussion group before, but want to give the online community another shout-out. Click here for how to sign up and join in the discussion of your favorite titles & narrators! The conversation has been lagging a bit, but I’m doing my part by recommending one of my all-time favorite audiobooks The Art of Racing in the Rain.  See the message below & my response:

From: George Hodgkins
Subject: Hello out there

It’s been very, very quiet around here recently. Kink of spooky. Good time to ask if anyone’s a fan of James Rollins’ audiobooks. I’m almost finished with “The Judas Strain” and have “The Last Oracle” queued up. I’m a fan of “potential end of the word as we know it unless X and Y find Z” fiction – though I’ll probably listen to “The Art of Racing in the Rain” before moving on to “The Last Oracle.” Anyone else like historical paranoia or talking dogs?


My response:

Oh, you MUST listen to The Art of Racing in the Rain – of the most amazing audiobooks I’ve ever clapped my ears on! And if you are at all a dog person, set aside some time to just stay still and listen – it’s that affecting. There are very, very few audiobooks that have stopped me in my tracks and demanded the attention of all my senses. I usually must be doing some automatic task to listen well – odd, but true – and typically if I sit still while listening, I lose my concentration and pick up something nearby to read. But Christopher Evan Welch took me by the scruff of the neck and pulled me so completely into his first-person narration as Enzo, the mixed breed dog who ruminates on the meaning of life and death. You will want to share this audiobook with everyone you know – I have and every single person has fallen in love with Enzo. Truly great listening for adults & teens

Mary Burkey



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1. mm_miller1@yahoo.com' Melanie says:

    I have told a number of dog/car/audiobook people about how great this audio is! Much more endearing than Marly & Me. I had to keep driving so that I could get to the ending.

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