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
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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.
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.
Perfect name, stupid question.
Read it, you won't regret it.
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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.