I love books but dont have time to read them as much anymore. Listening to Audibles since Day One I've been become an addict...I love books that are mainstream popular, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. I'll usually pick my books by reviews. Come check out my reviews to find your next favorite audible!
I wanted to see the movie, but i figured i should try out the book first before i get into the movie. The book is really about two messed up people, but you dont really find out why they are messed up til the ending. They really connect because they are kind of in the same type of living arrangement.... living with their parents, seeing shrinks and they have a lot of free time to hang around each other. In the end, its kind of like a messed up love story but they get together and the main character Pat finally sees Tiffany as she really is.
...the movie was better.
Immediately after watching the movie, I got on Audible to buy the book. Most of the reviews I read said the book was so much richer and more detailed than the movie. I couldn't wait to listen to it. But I found that I didn't like it as much. First, anything is better with Bradley Cooper. Second, the characters were so much harder to like in the book, especially the father and Tiffany.
I'm not at all disappointed that I listened to the book, though. I'm not saying it was in any way bad. Just not as good as the movie. And the narrator did a fantastic job.
One of the most engaging, colorful, stories I have read (well listened to) in a long time. Definitely held my attention and I wish it was longer. I drive one and half hours each way to work and listen to audio books over my radio; I finished this in two days because I drove around just to finish the story. This books captured a family struggling with issues that most of us can relate to.
Pat who bared his soul in this novel. Even though it was fiction, you felt his pain.
A lot to choose from but would have to be the end scene when Pat receives his present from Tiffany.
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That's tough because there have been so many. I can't say it's my favourite, just as it's so hard to say a print book is your favourite. But it's very, VERY well done.
I think the sessions with the protagonist's therapist were cumulatively the most memorable moments - the narrator perfectly captures every nuance of those often painfully difficult exchanges, from the character's humming whenever Kenny G is mentioned to their shared love of Eagles football. I could picture the therapist's office and overhear their dialogue perfectly; what an awesome fly-on-the-wall vantage point!
I'd have to say the protagonist, Pat Peoples. Porter does such a great job capturing specific quirks of his voice - like the awed way he says "Stomach Master 6000" every single time.
Indeed - listening to the audiobook made me want to devour this book so completely - and prolong the experience - that I also got the ebook version, which I'm enjoying on my tablet now.
The only downside I've found is that since this is the post-movie release version, there are pictures of the characters on the "cover" and on the Audible/Amazon site. They are not at all how I envisioned them, listening to the story and I find the film-inspired images distracting.
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
I thought the voices were great. Especially the doctor. Great job!
If I had time I would have. I finished it in under 3 days.
Not sure I liked the ending. The women in the book, except the mom, were very abrasive and mean.
The narrator of this book brings such humor to a story that is already so well written and funny, I seriously laughed out loud several times, and simply enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
I believe there was a movie made from the book, and if I find it, I will definatly watch it!
Very well read. Story quirky. Good listen for what I want from an audiobook - distraction while exercising or driving. I certainly enjoyed listening to it.
Cliff, his therapist.
Like most audiobooks, it is well read and fleshes out the main character.
Unfortunately, I saw the movie first and really enjoyed it. I think the reader did as good a job as he could with this material. The character of Pat Peeples was just an idiot. He spoke and thought like an 8-year old. There is no way this man could have been a high school teacher before his "accident."
No, I don't generally listen to books more than once.
Not sure. I felt the book was slow moving and somewhat redundent.
Since the movie was in the news so much lately, I was interested in the story line. I have not seen the actual movie only the trailer and did not know what to expect from the book. I am not a big fan of the cursing (liberal use of the f_ _ _). I understand that it is an attempt to "keep it real" and that "that is just how people talk these days" but good storytelling just doesn't need that in my opinion. I have avoided books on tape in the past but found a situation where it worked. The time spent on this book was the same time that I spent well by going to the gym for a workout. The two work remarkably well together!
I thought it fit nicely with the story.
Any time he talked about the saxophonist, cracked me up.
I am curious to see why the actors in this movie received so many awards and nominations so it is tempting... As I said before, I am not a big fan of the cursing (liberal use of the f_ _ _) nor of gatuitous sex scenes and I can imagine that playing out in this movie. So, maybe not... I'll wait 'til it is cleaned up an put on TV!!
I liked the narrator's performance. It just worked for me!