Say something about yourself!
I was quite fascinated by the transformation of this funny, sad, touching tale from book to movie. I thought Ray Porter hit just the right notes with each character. I found myself laughing out loud, and crying a bit. Just like during the movie.
I am always captivated by characters who endeavor to create a beautiful life for themselves, even though life hasn't done them any favors to begin with. I also loved the fact that Mathew Quick was able to bring out the humor in what is a difficult situatuion, showing that "funny" can be found just about anywhere, if you're willing to open your heart.
There is no particular scene that stands out for me, but I really loved the interactions between Pat and his psychiatrist (and fellow Eagles FANatic), Cliff. There was so much gentle wisdom there. I also liked the idea that, within ourselves, we can almost always find the right answer...if we just can quiet ourselves long enough to listen.
Obviously, the two main characters stand out for me. I especially loved Pat's sweetness, which keeps coming out despite people constantly misunderstanding him. You simply cannot stop yourself from rooting for him.
For fans of the movie, this book version offers a glimpse into the world of screen writing. It is really interesting to see how the book was a springboard for the film, yet the two are quite different.
I bought this book because 1) it was on sale and 2) another reviewer commented that it was the perfect companion to the movie. Even though the two versions differ, both are beautifully crafted, funny, and insightful.
For fans of books like TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO, and BRIDGET JONES' DIARY. Oh, yeah...and also for fans of the Oscar-winning movie version.
I found interesting the perspective that the author gave of Pat Peoples. The story allowed me to understand Pat and gave detailed description of the characters involved in Pat's life.
Overall, I enjoyed listening to the book. I did not see the movie and would be interested in seeing how close it is to the book.
It was okay as I was on a long drive so kept me entertained. The story line was quite different. Much of the story was redundant. The character had the same routine every day so we had to listen to him do the same thing over and over. And the football chant got old.
Not sure. I think I was disappointed because of the hype saying this was good. I was expecting much better. Maybe if my expectations were not so high I would have liked it better.
Have not listened to this person reading before but I thought he did a good job for the story he had to work with.
It is a movie and after listening to the book I can not imagine a movie. What would it be constant workouts and running and Eagles chant. No I do not want to go see this now.
the silver linings playbook is a tale of mental illness, mr quick did a fair job expressing the thoughts, provocations for behavioral problems, the medication issues, therapy, the bad place, mood swings, the anger, rage, despair, fear, anxiety, coping skills or lack of.
most people suffering from mental illness lack family, friends, a good therapist, isolation is what most find. patrick has positive people in his life, plus he finds another broken soul he can relate to and find affection for. it does not happen that way. this book got so many glowing reviews from listeners. how many have or know someone suffering from depression, anxiety bi polar disorder or mania or those who have no interest in life because they see the world as it really is and choose to escape, run flee, the antidepressents come with warnings, may cause suicidal thoughts, just great for an already depressed person. the right medication "cocktail" required to pull one up from the bleak, ,deep, pit of despair may or may not be found. being alittle quirky, unusual, or a bit of an oddball is not what mental illness is about, it is not an artistic temperment. for most afflicted it is debilitating. there is no light at the end of the tunnel,
there is no balm to pour on to a mind pouring out to much or not enough of the "right" chemicals. the book glosses over the shame or sence of weakness many feel over thier illness, on the plus side at least Mr Quick brought out the fact that yes, Mental Illness is real and opens an avenue for discussion. I would suggest that anyone interested in the topic of this book look into "the black dog" used by Winston Churchill to describe his affliction and has been adopted by a group helping those with depression and bipolar disorders.
It feels like I haven't read/listened to such a powerful book in a long time. There is so much emotion on its pages that you can't help but be emotionally attached to all the characters. You feel for the broken family, you feel for Pat, you feel for Tiffany, and you feel the intense love they have for the Eagles, and the most amazing part for me is the author made me feel all these without making me feel like I am being coerced into it.
Yes the book touches on a lot of sensitive subjects like mental illness and abusive relationship, but it does so in the most sincere and straight up way that it doesn't make you feel like you're being forced to feel sorry for the characters.
I have never seen the movie, nor the trailer, but I will definitely recommend this book.
I loved seeing the progression in the character's recovery, being able to see it more and more and watching his thoughts and feelings change as time passed. Also seeing that happen within the confines of his New Jersey family who loved sports.
Pat Solitano, is was his journey and I related and connected with him.
No I have not. I thought it was a great performance.
There is a movie already for this title.
Very good, really enjoyed.
Definitely! The story is very good, the reading is entertaining and it's paced well.
I love the psychiatrist. The two main characters are fantastic, but the doctor is the best!
I liked the scene when the doctor introduced himself as an Eagles fan. He makes a connection with Pat and builds the rapport needed in a therapeutic relationship. It also was very humorous.
I like the title. Who am I to change anything?
I haven't seen the movie, and I am happy I listened to the book first. Ray Porter's reading is entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. He uses accents where appropriate, without being patronizing or stereotypical. Good listen all around!
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.
The story was so well written and insightful. I thought it was well edited with no spare parts. I enjoyed the development of the characters and how I came to appreciate them.
Wonderful tone of voice and no over acting.
Yes! I couldn't make it, but it had my interest from the very beginning.
Keep writing Matthew....I will be waiting for the next book.
That the author allowed the characters to be deep and real- they said and did appalling things, and he wasnt worried about giving them redeeming qualities. I really appreciated how conniving he allowed Tiffany to be and how cold-hearted and ruthless the dad was. It just made the story so believable. And allowing us into Pat's thoughts, showing how logical and calculating he was- made him seem like he was not ill. I though the subject matter of mental illness was very interesting. I would have also enjoyed a perspective from Nikki's side.
The line that Pat keeps repeating, (when he CHOOSES not to do what comes naturally, but to do what he thinks Nikki would be proud of)
"...because I'm practicing being kind instead of right."
It has really stuck with me because seriously, I need to practice it too!
No, first one