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Jay3fer

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  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (1658)
    Story
    (1661)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "What a treat!"
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    Where does The Silver Linings Playbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Linings Playbook?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3198)
    Performance
    (2790)
    Story
    (2801)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Blown away, by the story and the audiobook"
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    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The narrators were so careful to remain true to the tone and meaning of the text. And the story itself was intricately-crafted: not far short of a masterpiece.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was only somewhat suspenseful, but was masterfully crafted to keep the reader listening and intrigued. Story-within-a-story was woven well into the theme and content of the overarching storyline.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think this question means "what DO the narrators". ;-)
    The variety of voices, accents, everything - I'd imagine it was like sitting through an excellent radio drama, performed by skilled actors (something I've pretty much never done, having grown up in the 80s).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not necessarily extreme - but the ending of the story was well-handled, delivering both the unexpected AND an appropriate, meaningful resolution to any remaining "loose ends."


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