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The Silver Linings Playbook Audiobook

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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. Then, Pat meets clinically depressed widow Tiffany, who offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife - provided he agrees to a secret contract that includes giving up football and performing in the next Dance Away Depression competition.

©2008 Matthew Quick; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio

What the Critics Say

"This offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Corena Nashville, IL, United States 04-28-13
    Corena Nashville, IL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It was just missing something..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very "real."


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    If you could take any character from The Silver Linings Playbook out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Cliff, for sure! Very interesting fellow. And a nice guy as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 04-25-13
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did not watch movie and had no idea what it was about . i really got into the story


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

    When he meets his therapist in his bus.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annie M. 04-23-13
    Annie M. 04-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Listened to it after the movie--loved both!"
    Would you listen to The Silver Linings Playbook again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Silver Linings Playbook and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ivana Sheboygan, WI, United States 04-17-13
    Ivana Sheboygan, WI, United States 04-17-13
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    "Good insight into the mind of a character like Pat"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy 04-17-13
    Cathy 04-17-13
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    "Quite a different story line"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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 you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to this person reading before but I thought he did a good job for the story he had to work with.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 04-16-13
    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "SILVER LININGS OR FAIRY TALE"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-16-13
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    "Awe-inspiring novel that gently grips you"

    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.

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    Brandy 04-16-13
    Brandy 04-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Touching story of recovery from a mental breakdown"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pat Solitano, is was his journey and I related and connected with him.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not. I thought it was a great performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a movie already for this title.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good, really enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Faith Spencer 04-16-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Great, Great, Great!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! The story is very good, the reading is entertaining and it's paced well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the psychiatrist. The two main characters are fantastic, but the doctor is the best!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could rename The Silver Linings Playbook, what would you call it?

    I like the title. Who am I to change anything?


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 04-15-13
    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Well Done"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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