This audiobook ranks at 3.
This audiobook was so different from anything else I have listened to it is hard to find a comparison. However, the closest similarity is Charles Martin "When Crickets Cry".
I really liked his overall performance. He kept each character separate by slightly changing his tone and pitch. Porter made each character stand apart.
I would take the main character Pat Peoples out to dinner. He was disconnected from reality to the point that he was willing to think his wife still loved him and wanted to be married to him. Through it all he saw the glass half full.
I have already recommended this book to many friends, because it's great. It must be listened to, because reading it will not be as fun.
I liked the narrator best.
I like the scenes with the psychiatrist the best.
The main character is the most memorable, because you get to hear what is going on in his head, which seems fairly normal.
Listen to this book, don't read it, and don't go to see the movie first. The movie does not really represent the book accurately. The movie does a disservice to the book.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
I am so glad I read this book before I saw the movie - they are night and day! I am amazed at the differences. I really loved everything about this audiobook. The writing is excellent, and the narrator makes it all so real. The author does an amazing job developing his characters - you really feel like you know them. The story has so many twists and turns as it unfolds that it's easy to lose yourself in.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I bought this book when the movie first came out, but didn't get around to seeing the movie at all. Frankly, I wasn't expecting much. But I got a tremendous listen!
The narration by Ray Porter is just perfection. As "Pat," Porter accurately reads Quick's prose as if it was his own words and thoughts. Magnificent! More importantly, this book offers a portrait of mental illness; a warm love story between two fragile people; an accurate depiction of a classic dysfunctional family; takes you on a wonderful ride with passionate fans of a pro football team; and in addition, provides an insider's view of a relationship between a therapist and patient.
It is a great story . . . not one that is overtly sappy or sexual. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and really, don't think I'll ever need to see the movie.
Probably not... Just wasn't a fan.
Be more cautious of the books I get.
Like I said in the headline, I liked the book more than the movie, but that isn't saying much.
I really enjoyed the audio version of the story since the character Pat did the narration of the story. It felt like he was just sharing a personal experience rather than narrating a book.
I enjoyed all the characters...each flawed in their own way. I would have to say that Pat's mother quickly became my favorite character in the book because she was really the main support behind Pat and the glue that kept the family together.
Great story. I really like how the Eagles chant and just being an Eagles fan was woven through the story, as is was such an important part of the People's life.
Fantastic job voicing the different parts. Make the story really come alive.
The Asian invasion (and Cliff).
I was skeptical of listening to this, only because it had been recently been made a movie and the trailers didn't put it in a light as something I would enjoy. I was wrong. I was hooked pretty quickly. Great story and a great performance.
I first saw the Silver Linings Playbook movie and loved it. Of course books are always better than movies so I just had to buy the novel. I wasn't disappointed! The narration is great! I would and have recommended this book to all of my friends!
Book blogger at Bookwi.se
I saw the movie before reading the book. So there was not a surprise on the story line. The movie and the book were fairly close (although the climax is different).
But even though the storylines are close, the power of the book is that it is told entirely in first person from Pat’s perspective.
Pat is just getting out of four years of treatment in a psychiatric facility. He does not realize he has been gone so long and everyone in his family works to help him make the transition by pretending it has only been a few months.
Pat is obsessed with getting back together with his ex-wife. He is sure that if he stays fit (he works out 8 to 10 hours a day) and reads the great books (his wife is a high school literature teacher) and learns to be a nice person, that ‘apart time’ will end.
But it is not only Pat that is having problems with reality. He lives in a home with an emotionally abusive father and a codependent mother. In the movie Robert DeNiro plays Pat’s father as distant but likable. In the book, his father is much more distant and much less likable.
Tiffany is a woman that is having her own problems with reality. Her husband (a cop) died after they had had a fight and Tiffany was never able to apologize. So she has spent the last several years sleeping with every guy she can as a way to seek forgiveness.
Tiffany is a dancer and wants to win a dance competition and chooses Pat as her partner. She talks Pat into the competition by promising him that she will get him back together with his ex-wife if they win.
From the beginning, the reader knows that Pat and Tiffany will get together, but you can also see the impending train wreck as Pat learns more and more of what he has missed over the years of being away from his family. His best friend has a child, his brother is married, the Eagles stadium was torn down and a new one built.
The movie has a lovable Indian counselor that helps Pat find his way back to reality. But he is a much more important character in the book. And if possible to believe, the Eagles (or at least the people that watch the Eagles with Pat) are more important.
It is easy to say that the book is better than the movie. But I really liked the movie. But the book does a better job of presenting mental illness as real without dismissing it. It keeps lots of humor, without making fun of Pat or Tiffany. It places more power in Pat’s recovery without making it a magical ending. And while you can envision a happily ever after, the reality you know would be much more complicated.
This is a case where you do not have to choose between the book and the movie. Both are very well done, they supplement one another. But even if you have already seen the movie, it is still worth picking up the book.
(originally posted on my blog Bookwi.se)
I read this book before seeing the movie, and I am so glad that I did because the two are really nothing like each other. The book delves deeper into the clinical relationship between Patrick and his psychiatrist, as well as his relationships with his family and friends. Really, all relationships in the book had more layers, which became a more two dimensional in the movie. If you already saw the movie, you won't be bored by the book, which even has a different ending.