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The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel | [Matthew Quick]

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

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.
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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

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

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    Tiya Hoover, AL, United States 03-11-13
    Tiya Hoover, AL, United States 03-11-13
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    "Very Entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Silver Linings Playbook again? Why?

    It was very interesting and kept me wanting get back to the book. I don't tend to listen to books again, so I probably wouldn't do that for this one either, but I enjoyed it very much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was unusual.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    The sound effects and expressions. I felt like you could really tell how the characters would be (and I haven't see the movie yet).


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

    It just made me think and put myself in some of the characters places.


    Any additional comments?

    While I don't like football at all, the way he described everything made even that fun to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christina United States 03-11-13
    Christina United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Loved it!"

    This story quickly pulls you in and keeps you listening. If you liked the (excellent) movie, pick up this book to revisit the characters and the story. You shouldn't be disappointed.

    The narrator's performance was a bit weak for some of the women characters, but I can forgive him for that as his Pat and many of his other characters were great. I had a lot of fun listening to this book and finished it quite quickly. Now I'm stuck twiddling my thumbs until my next credit arrives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 03-06-13
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the movie that came from it"
    Would you listen to The Silver Linings Playbook again? Why?

    Again and again! It is wonderful. I particularly liked the way the main character explained his fantasies of getting back to his wife.
    And I liked the way what he did to go to the hospital came out in bits and pieces.


    What other book might you compare The Silver Linings Playbook to and why?

    Nothing really comes to mind.


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

    The main character. But I didn't like the way he performed the mother. That voice was silly.


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

    I practically did listen all at once. But when it was over I was sad. I wanted more.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some very important plot changes between this and the movie that came from it.
    Try not to compare or be upset that things were changed by Hollywood. The plot points in the book actually make for a more nuanced, interesting story.

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    Tom 03-06-13
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    "Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silver Linings Playbook the most enjoyable?

    To be honest I read the Kindle version more than I listened to the Audible version. But, when I did listen, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. I listened when I needed to lay back and close my eyes for a few minutes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters and how they made the overall story mesh


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

    I liked Mr Porter's read of Pat. Audio books are great but when it comes to characters, having a male imitate the female characters is bad idea. I don't know how that would be effectively carried off without having multiple readers, male and female. But in general, nothing could ruin this book. I enjoyed the book and characters too much to let my petty concerns interfere.


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

    Blue Sy Through the Dark Clouds..But that sounds lame. The Silver Linings Playbook fits perfectly..


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I read this book. I don't think I could see the movie in a theater. I woiuld be the teary eyed guy walking out at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tawney Dash Point, WA, United States 03-05-13
    Tawney Dash Point, WA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, good narration"

    A friend insisted I go see the movie. Haven't made it yet but did download the book. Very sympathetic characters, well portrayed

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    MM Northern Michigan 03-04-13
    MM Northern Michigan 03-04-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Story & Narration"

    I'm waiting for the movie to come out on BluRay and I decided to listen to the audiobook in the meantime. What a treat! Good story, interesting characters, pleasant narration. I woud recommend!

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    Jeanne Coulson St Charles, IL, US 03-04-13
    Jeanne Coulson St Charles, IL, US 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent narration, intriguing story"
    Where does The Silver Linings Playbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very different than anything else I've listened to so I can't really compare it. I was very compelled by the story and the characters and never lost interest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one in which I finally found out what happened to set the whole thing in motion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first time he realized it had been years not months since he had been away


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cavacini 03-01-13
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    "Excellent Novel"

    I just finished listening to this audiobook and it was excellent. As always, I wanted to read the novel before seeing the movie, and I’m glad I did. From what I’ve heard, the movie changed several key elements of the book. What made this book so enjoyable was the terrific character development and wonderfully absurd dialogue. This novel is tragic, romantic and psychotic, all at once. And the Philadelphia Eagles, Kenny G and Southern New Jersey are all integral parts of the story. It’s unlike any book I’ve ever read, and it’s one I won’t soon forget.

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    Kelly United States 02-27-13
    Kelly United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Ray Porter - perfect narrator for this story!"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    The honesty and candor of the story written from the main character's perspective who is battling mental illness


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray Porter read this novel capturing every emotion and nuance. He really conveyed the main character’s hopefulness, sadness, naivety and anger


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    Mishcat60 New York 02-26-13
    Mishcat60 New York 02-26-13

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    "Great story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

    I cannot answer that question as I have not seen the print edition.


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

    the most memorable moment for me was when the lead character begins to unravel the mystery behind his dislike for Kenny G.


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

    Porter did an array of voices, some with accents, very well. He brought the book to life.


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

    Im not that creative.


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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