Very well done but absolutely nothing like the movie. Same characters, only more real and flawed, with a similar story although drastically differring in parts. Both versions are good, it's easy to see why the broad changes were made to these hard to like characters in an effort to appeal to more people, but be clear before you get started, THIS IS NOT THE MOVIE. If you can get past this truth, as it took me awhile, you'll enjoy yourself very much.
There is nothing better than a good book!
This was such a fun, witty, and touching story. Ray Porter really brought the characters to life- I will defiantly be listening to this one again! You won't be disappointed!
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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.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
When Tiffany begins to act as the intermediary and reads Nickie's letters to Pat. This was an important turning point in the story - I started to sympathize with his obsession of Nickie. Why? Well, there was finally a dialogue - Nickie was responding to his letters and his sadness over the loss of their marriage. This point in the story justified Pat's longing and belief that he and Nickie had a chance. It was only momentarily but there was this moment of suspended belief. When the letters began, there was a glimpse and reason to believe that their love was reciprocal. It was again a fleeting moment in the story. The dynamic between Tiffany, Pat and Nickie is explored at this point in the story.
Pat - he was dynamic and depressed. Ray Porter was able to convey both desperation and elation.
no one- all too crazy for me. His mom would cry when anything heartwarming happening; his dad is just an on'ry asshole and his brothers are nice but still...brothers. Personally, I have my own and if i want a brother over for dinner, I'll just invite him. He's enough of a brother! I don't need more characters to add to the table.
so good. the movie, as far as i am concerned sucks. I haven't been able to finish it. I say, read /listen to this and skip the movie. The audio is pretty awesome and i really enjoyed listening to it.
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.
It is a book that I would recommend to others.
I would compare it to other books whose narrator and main character is one who is afflicted with a psychological disease. It was fascinating! It was a completely different story than the movie, by the way. But, Jennifer Lawrence was perfect for the movie. I thought the book was fantastic.
No, I have not. I LOVED Ray Porter's performance. I have not heard him read before, but will search him out again. He portrayed the character perfectly, in my opinion.
Interesting book to read. I love books that get into the human psyche and why people act, think and feel they way they do.
This story of a mentally ill man doesn't play true to the reality of mental illness, but it comes close. The distortions present can be so disturbing (an understatement). The ripple effect through a family can be so destructive. The difficulty to maintain relationships. All these and more make life with a mental illness, or a loved one with it, a challenge.
Although this story simplified all of that and more, it does present the points. The father-son, brother-brother, marital relationships are all present with struggles. The ending was a little bit too much like "they all lived happily ever after" for me but it was a good ending for a novel.
The narration was excellent.
** spoiler alert ** In my opinion, this was one of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book. (Tacked-on subplot with Robert Deniro notwithstanding.) I read this book because I had heard it was a 'very accurate portrayal of bipolar disorder.' I don't agree with that at all. I'm not personally bipolar, but I know a lot of people who are. I thought this book was offensive to people with mental illnesses- for every thing that it gets right, there are ten things that are both wrong and insulting. Pat is portrayed as being so simple in his thinking in this book that he comes across as either childlike (not in a good way) or mentally challenged rather than mentally ill. Whenever anything happens that upsets him, he often bursts into tears and then runs away. Tiffany is slightly more realistic as a character because the mood swings are somewhat believable, but the author fails to give her realistic motivations or to give her a personality outside of them. Because her personality is so flat, it's hard to cut her much slack for the harmful things she does at the end of the book.
Most unforgivable, in my opinion, is the suggestion by the story that Pat's mental illness suddenly materialized because of his traumatic discovery of his wife's infidelity (and possibly brain damage from that incident) and that Tiffany's mental illness was caused by grief and guilt over her husband's death. Trauma may cause a person to experience anxiety or depression or PTSD, but it doesn't 'cause' bipolar disorder and it doesn't cause... whatever was going on with Tiffany... to suddenly occur. I don't expect fiction to dwell on accurate symptom-reporting, but it still has to stand up to even pop-psychology standards. I find it ridiculous that the Pat we are introduced to could have held a job as a teacher and coach, and led a normal life up until the traumatic incident, with the disordered thinking he displays, so are we supposed to believe that he never had real problems with a severe mental illness until his marriage went south?
And while memory loss (or actually failure to form memories) in people who are really manic is common, it's completely unrealistic that Pat would have no concept that he had been in the hospital for several years rather than several months, or that he would have no memory of what happened to send him to the hospital until it is conveniently 'triggered' by watching his wedding video.
I am as good at suspending disbelief for fiction as anyone, but those are lazy writing tropes. I found the story sufficiently compelling to hang in there to find out what happened, but it was hard to get past the issues I just described. I watched the movie AFTER I read the book, and found that the screenwriters had corrected some of the things that I had problems with- they inserted a history of problems and difficulty coping before her husband's death for Tiffany, and they didn't portray Pat as being the eternally confused man-child that he is in the book. That made it possible to enjoy the movie much more than the book.
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I didn't want to stop listening, so I guess it wasn't that bad but I get the impression other people liked it. I found the protagonist annoying and I didn't really care what he did, which meant I didn't really care what happened in the book. If I were reading this as a physical book and I lost it, I wouldn't try to find it.
As an audio file, however, I finished it. The writing is decent, no problems, so if you like sappy stories and immature slightly annoying by basically harmless characters, go for it.
I am not a die hard sports fan at all, but I did really enjoy this book. I enjoyed the performance, too.
The story was sweet.
The ending of the story took me by surprise.