For this particular book I would have preferred the print version simply because I did not enjoy the performance by the narrator. Overall, I don't think the story would change much but there were areas when I felt the performance detracted from the mood of the novel and almost ruined key moments.
It is difficult to choose a favorite character in this book. Since it is written mostly from Pat's perspective, his character is the one in which you have the most interaction. His quest to improve himself is interesting and heartbreaking at times. I think many readers can identify with his self-doubt and anger.
When reading the female characters in the book, the narrator tried to use a more feminine voice. It was distracting and pulled focus from the scene being set, minimalizing the emotional reaction that could have been elicited from the reader. I would not choose a book by Mr. Porter in the future.
There was more than one point in the book that brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. Matthew Quick wrote a great story in which he should be proud.
I saw the movie before reading the book, which is something I hate to do (and do not do if I know about the book first). The book is very different from the movie, but it stands completely on its own. It has depth in areas that the movie lacks. The movie reveals many of the books secrets early and without much emotional impact. I usually would say I like a book much more than the movie (in rare instances this is not true), but in this instance I would say that the journeys were so different that each can stand completely on their own.My major problem with the audio book was the narrator and his interpretation of female characters.
I think that the audio version is great and helps bring the book to life.
The authors ability to have a sense of humor regarding such a serious subject and allow the reader to experience what the families and friends have to cope with.
I think that he made the characters come to life
The Meaning of Time
The book was absolutely fantastic compared to the movie. The characters were real and not some Hollywood feel good interpretation. It shows you that people are still uncomfortable dealing with the mentally ill even though it's 2013!
I didn't know anything about this book until the movie came out, but I hadn't yet seen the movie when I decided to listen to the audiobook. I did so based on some of the reviews, but I didn't have real high hopes for it, since it appeared to be the typical quirky romantic chick flick story, albeit with a little twist (mental illness).
I was wrong. I loved it. It was sweet, but tragic, it didn't wrap things up too neatly in the end to be believable, but it did give you an ending you were happy with. It was funny, but sad. Crazy, but kind of normal. I loved the main character, and the narrator was excellent. The only thing I might change is that he had a tendency to occasionally speak in a more childish voice than I would have liked, when it comes to the main characters delusional thought processes, as if being bipolar makes you borderline retarded or something. Other than that, it was perfect.
I watched the movie afterwards, and though it did have a few major differences from the book, it was still a decent movie. I will almost always choose the book over a movie, though, and that was definitely the case here. I might actually even listen to this one again, at some point.
I was a little concerned when I purchased Silver Linings Playbook that it would track the movie directly, such that there would be very little point to reading it. My suspicions seemed confirmed for the first hour or so of the book. After that, it became clear that these characters are NOT the same as in the film, and the nuances of Pat's mental illness are much better described than they are in the film. You feel connected to him and his "silver lining" in a way the movie was never able to get across.
The first-person style of Silver Linings reminds me of a grown-up version of Perks of Being a Wallflower. The protagonist's voice is full of childlike emotion. Pat's matter-of-fact way of describing the chaotic events in his life is jarring and disorienting at times, but it makes the entire experience real. Each time Pat says, "I felt," "I thought," "I said," you become more and more invested in his quest.
The narrator of this audiobook is one of the best I've ever heard. It's the little things that count - emphasizing the words "Stomach-Master 6000" every time, the way he recites the "montage" scene, the way he gives each character depth and his or her own voice. I especially like the portrayal of Tiffany. It's hard for a male narrator to accurately portray a female character, especially one so atypical.
Long story shot: if you've seen the movie, don't expect a book about dancing, or even a book about football (although Eagles football comes up on almost every page). Dancing is a small plot device that brings Pat and Tiffany together in a visceral, emotional way. The vast majority of the book is not about success, and not about failure, but about family and love and making oneself whole. The result is noting short of poignant.
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This is a basic love story hampered by a few reoccurring problems. It's Nicholas Sparks with some sports references and a mental illness arc. My biggest issue was that the main character's mental illness is not so much a characteristic as a plot device. Does he need to have slight amnesia so that the books big reveal remains hidden? Done. Does he need to have a child-like thought process to make him endearing and/or propel the story forward? Done. But his illness is at odds with the other aspects of his character. It seemed a lot less like mental illness and more like stupidity that the author employed as a convenient plot device. The other issue was the prevalent sports theme. While I am not a sports fan and feel that this may have to do with why it irked me, I genuinely disapproved of the manic, frenzied sports mentality that consumed most of the characters. I was fine until it seemed again to be less of a contributing factor to the actual story and more anecdotal filler used at random by the author. And finally, on more than one occasion I felt that I was suspending my disbelief to the point of exhaustion. Another coincidence, another glaring pothole that the reader saw coming from a mile away but none of the characters did, another "but wait how did she know..." or "how in the world did he not know??" because a large portion of the unknown is so obvious that its cliche. I thought I'd put this down once I had reached the middle, because to be honest I just didn't care about the characters or the story and I could see what every character couldn't from an hour in. But a lapse in downloading another book led me to finish it, and it ended as lackluster as I suspected. I would recommend this only if you're a sucker for any sort of love story, and possibly if you're an Eagles fan. Other than that don't bother. Of course I am one negative review amongst a ton of positive, so I could just have awful taste....
Absolutely. Loved the print version but thought Ray Porter's narration was just fantastic. He brought the book alive in ways that reading it just couldn't. It also brought the story alive in ways that the movie wasn't able to do as well.
Pat Peoples. His general attitude as he progresses through the story is just great. Matthew Quick did a great job crafting such an interesting main character.
The tones and emotions he conveyed brought the story alive for me. And, honestly, brought the story alive more than the movie adaption (which was great in its own right) I would tell anyone to read/listen to the book before seeing the movie, or, if you loved the movie, I think you'll like Ray Porter's narration of the book that much more.
Pat Peoples because I think you'd end up having a fascinating discussion and as a Packer fan, I'm happy he doesn't remember the 4th and 26 disaster.
I agree with several reviews that say that this story just makes you smile at the end. And, in today's world, smiling at the end of a story is always a good thing. You owe it to yourself to read or listen to this book.
Loved this book! It was hilarious, insightful, and sad...all at the same time. Although I don't think I suffer from a mental illness, I found it easy to relate to the main character as he went through all of the emotions of losing someone he loved.
Silver Linings Playbook the right partner is finding a person that you can understand and relate to.
Pat & Tiffany also the dad - infact there is no character in this book that you can't fall in love with except for Nikki :-)
Mom dealing with the dad.
The indian's fighting for their spot in the parking lot and then how they all become friends.
This book made be laugh more than cry since what ever Pat is going through seems very normal.
I would definitely listen to Silver Linings Playbook again. There was so much detail and interesting characters.
I would compare Silver Linings Playbook to Life of Pi because of the detail.
Any scene from the football games.
Pat. I would just love to hear his thoughts and see his reactions to things.
Absolutely and I can't wait to see the movie!
I think the therapist is awesome.
Probably Pat waking up to Kenny G standing in front of him.