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I listened to The Silver Linings Playbook twice - once on my own and a second time with my husband. Our lives have both been touched by mental illness, and we like to read books that address this strange and complicated subject. Normally we listen to non-fiction, but we made an exception for The Silver Linings Playbook. Written in funny first-person perspective, this book takes you into the mind of Pat, who is trying to rebuild his life after a stay in a mental institution. Pat will make you laugh out loud.
Ray Porter brings the character of Pat to life. If I had just read the book, I probably would have imagined Pat to be sullen and morose. Porter's version of Pat is delightfully optimistic, honest and funny.
I highly recommend this book. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is because the plot is a bit over-simplified. Don't get me wrong - the plot is great - but it isn't going to win any prestigious literary awards. It reads like a book that was written to be made into a movie. And what a wonderful coincidence! It HAS been made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. So buy this book today, enjoy the listen, and plan to see the movie in November.
Constantly in search of the perfect listen.
The mental health of the city of Philadelphia, along with most of South Jersey, is inextricably tied to the Eagle's wins and losses. Having lived in Philadelphia for a number of years, I know what the fans are like and Matthew Quick has captured that unique fanaticism perfectly. However, this is not a book about football. Football serves as the back-drop for a story that explores mental illness from the inside. Pat Peoples may be the one who spent time in a neural-health facility and who copes with his demons in peculiar ways but is he so different from everyone else? As far as coping mechanisms go: Weight lifting, running and avoiding Kenny G. are all quite reasonable things to do in my opinion. Without making light of the pain and suffering involved, Silver Linings Playbook, succeeds in giving the listener a lighter and perhaps a more realistic view of what it is like to live with mental illness.
I really enjoyed the movie and was curious about the book after a friend of mine told me how different it was. It was VERY different from the movie, but equally as good.
The telling of the story is the heart of this book. You live this book.
His voice. He makes it real.
Working mom (HRMgr/healthcare) in western Michigan. INTJ. Red Vines. Disneyfreak.
I ordered this without reading other reviews - a first for me. Loved the author's style, structure, character development, and story. I can't wait to see the movie now, but I have a feeling this will be one where I love the book better. I fell in love with the characters and the pacing was just perfect. Could not 'put it down'. Wonderful.
I have to admit that I chose this book only because it is narrated by Ray Porter - an actor I know from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I'm not sure whether, if I had read this book rather than listened to Ray narrate it, I would have liked it as well. There's no way to know, but I can say that his voice brought it alive for me. I'm a fan of romantic comedy anyway, and this had all of the attributes I look for. It's funny in places, poignant in others, but never heavy-handed. I found myself really caring about the quirky characters. Not profound, but touching.
I may be the last person in America who has not seen this movie yet, nor did I know what it was about, so I went in completely fresh with this book. I really enjoyed this story alot and now I'm eager to see Hollywood's on screen interpretation, although I'm positive that the book outshines the movie in the detail it gives and character development. Watching it will purely be for entertainment value...I mean Bradley Cooper...hello?!! Great narration on this audiobook too.
Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!
The plot points were so entirely reworked for the movie. I admit I was a bit distracted by it, but I still enjoyed the book. I thought I'd get more insight into bipolar disorder but instead just enjoyed this for the story.
Most definitely. The story is better than the movie as usual.
If you are listening to audio books chances are you don't have time to sit around reading books. You surely don't have time to sit around listening to books that bore your. This book will not bore you. I saw the movie first and as anyone may assume some things are different. However the differences are the strengths of the book. Take the time and give it a listen. You won't regret it.
I really enjoyed this audible. I bought it because I had seen the movie and loved this book. The narration fit with my impression of the character.
First by him and this one was great.
I would not rename it. The title is suitable.