This book gives a wonderful perspective, given from the point of view of someone with serious mental illness. It is smart, funny when you don't expect it to be, and full of hope despite hardship. There seems to be a lot of repetition in the beginning, because it is told in first person, but it continues to change and improve as the character's mind continues to heal, and comes across as very deliberate. The characters are very well described and developed, through the eyes of the narrator with the help of excellent reading by Ray Porter. This performer did a flawless job of switching voices for each character, and a using a particular accent that fit with each person. He really nailed the accent of people from the region where the book takes place. (jersey and Philadelphia areas). The F-word seems to be used a bit excessively by a couple characters, to the point that it loses it's drama or emphasis, pulling me out of my immersion in the book and characters temporarily because it didn't seem like them anymore, just the writer gleefully enjoying his ability to type the word repetitively on his keyboard. Overall though, a fantastic book. I now have the desire to read another book narrated by Ray Porter as well.
It is beyond rare that I would say this, but watch the movie. The narrator does an excellent job with what he is presented, but the story is...mediocre and the writing is ATROCIOUS. If you wish to get the story, but don't want to punish yourself, watch the movie.
As usual, the movie and the book are different, but both are enjoyable and streams alone on their own. It's full of colorful characters, and a great story.
This book is about two subjects split right down the middle: Eagles football and mental illness, and I wish someone would have warned me. The performance was wonderful, but I almost didn't finish because I was so damned sick of hearing about Eagles football! If you don't like football, don't bother with this. The book is quite different from the movie. Also, the movie portrays the main character as bipolar. In the book, he suffers from a psychotic break, these are two very different things. Having said that, the story does excellently portray a person suffering from a psychotic break. That was the only reason I finished the book. The excess of football stats and references and the constant "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" of the Eagles fight song blaring in my ears almost ruined the book for me and is the reason why I'm only giving this two stars.
I really loved this book. I watched the movie first, which I think helped visualize things in the book which sometimes it's usually the opposite when watching a movie before the book. I recommend this audiobook. The reader was great.
A narrator can make or break a book. Ray Porter was entertaining to listen to and really added to the story.
The book itself was light and very enjoyable. I will read or listen to Matthew Quick again!
Decided to read this after enjoying the movie. These are two similar yet very different things. This book is darker. The characters more flawed. Which makes them all feel more real in their grittiness.
Well done Mr. Quick.
I really liked this book. Little different from the movie but still great!!!!! I love Ray Porter. He makes this story evern better. Very well done.