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.
Yes definitely. Laugh out loud funny sometimes and heartbreaking others.
The Asian Invasion bus was hilarious. Spot on accents by narrator. Love the interactions between main characters.
Stellar accents. Handled wide range of characters very well.
Reunion with Danny.
Great true to life view of one man and his family's struggle with mental illness. Like all stories it's just one person but it's good to have honest stories out there to help us understand one another's different types of crazy...we've all got something.
Life Coach. Spiritual self-help memoir junkie. Mom in love with my kiddos. Trying to remember joy as I get older.
His accents and dialects, especially in the male characters, are perfectly nuanced. I would swear his Dr. Patel is a an Indian man speaking and the characters of Jake and Pat's father are very authentic Philly accents and voices.
I love Pat, inside and out.
Haven't seen the movie yet, but am looking forward to it.
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!