- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 13, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0019HXPIC
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As a rule I avoid sad dog things. Not because I don't like dogs, but because I love them. For me, a sad situation with a dog is 1000x worse than with a person, and I just don't have the emotional capability to keep it together. But a friend of mine recommended this book multiple times over the past year, so I finally bite the bullet and read it.
And let me tell you, I regret nothing. This book was amazing. I cried in the first chapter and could not stop reading. The voice of this book is crystal clear. It's wonderful to hear a life told from a dog's perspective and Enzo is so much more than just a dog. He is a confident, a shoulder, a protector, and a prisoner. I love him. I love Garth Stein for doing this.
The one disclaimer I have, don't read this in public. I finished this book in an airport and thought TSA was going to have to get involved. So many feels.
I like the story but had some issues with it. I found it to be slow at times, especially the long passages about racing and famous race car drivers which I ended up skimming over. The story of Denny’s life is pretty believable. I think it’s a cute and intriguing idea to narrate it this way, because we don’t really know what goes on in their heads. Enzo’s tangents on his favorite actors and tv shows were cute, but didn’t really add much to the story. It’s not how I imagine my dog thinking. I also didn’t really like how Enzo was omnipresent at certain points, telling parts of the story which he wasn’t present for. But the book definitely made me snuggle my dog a little closer!
You will find the dogs narration of his life funny, witty and touching. The book just made me appreciate reading again for pleasure. I really loved this book and its author.
I was reading the last chapter as I was landing at Ontario Airport on a visit to my daughter in Southern California when I began to cry. Seated as I was in a middle seat, I wondered if I could continue to the end without suffering a great deal of embarrassment but I persisted and I'm glad I did ('nuff said).
You'll learn more about auto racing than you ever thought you would, but Enzo's telling and his philosophy makes it all the more appealing as well as setting up the conclusion. Whatever you do, read this book! Enzo will live in your heart as long as you draw breath.