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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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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

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

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    Jacquelyn colebrook, NH, United States 04-05-14
    Jacquelyn colebrook, NH, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I was looking for a silver lining"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    How dedicated Pats mom was to his recovery.


    If you’ve listened to books by Matthew Quick before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't


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

    He allows me to hear the monotonous tone of a depressed person going through the motions.


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

    Nikki come back.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was rather depressing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 01-14-14
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2013

    Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.

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    If you could sum up The Silver Linings Playbook in three words, what would they be?

    Positive beats Negative


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story because I have a mental illness and I loved the concept of Pat and Tiffany being able to balance each other out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where pat lays next to Tiffany and says to her: i sort of need you too.


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

    How to eliminate a negative and destructive bomb.


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    Mark United States 11-30-13
    Mark United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the movie, this is better."
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    The telling of the story is the heart of this book. You live this book.


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

    His voice. He makes it real.


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    "Ray Porter is the best!"
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    I have to admit that I chose this book only because it is narrated by Ray Porter - an actor I know from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. I'm not sure whether, if I had read this book rather than listened to Ray narrate it, I would have liked it as well. There's no way to know, but I can say that his voice brought it alive for me. I'm a fan of romantic comedy anyway, and this had all of the attributes I look for. It's funny in places, poignant in others, but never heavy-handed. I found myself really caring about the quirky characters. Not profound, but touching.

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    D. Rutledge Birmingham, AL 11-15-13
    D. Rutledge Birmingham, AL 11-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Lifetime lover of fiction!

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    "Great story!!!"

    I may be the last person in America who has not seen this movie yet, nor did I know what it was about, so I went in completely fresh with this book. I really enjoyed this story alot and now I'm eager to see Hollywood's on screen interpretation, although I'm positive that the book outshines the movie in the detail it gives and character development. Watching it will purely be for entertainment value...I mean Bradley Cooper...hello?!! Great narration on this audiobook too.

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    Mary Beth Ojai, CA 10-08-13
    Mary Beth Ojai, CA 10-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Mom, full time job, long commute. Love audio books!

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    "So different from the movie!"
    Any additional comments?

    The plot points were so entirely reworked for the movie. I admit I was a bit distracted by it, but I still enjoyed the book. I thought I'd get more insight into bipolar disorder but instead just enjoyed this for the story.

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    Steven Kaneohe, hi, United States 09-23-13
    Steven Kaneohe, hi, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely. The story is better than the movie as usual.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are listening to audio books chances are you don't have time to sit around reading books. You surely don't have time to sit around listening to books that bore your. This book will not bore you. I saw the movie first and as anyone may assume some things are different. However the differences are the strengths of the book. Take the time and give it a listen. You won't regret it.

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    phyncke Berkeley, CA United States 09-17-13
    phyncke Berkeley, CA United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2014

    Book lover!

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    "A wonderful book..."
    Where does The Silver Linings Playbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this audible. I bought it because I had seen the movie and loved this book. The narration fit with my impression of the character.


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

    First by him and this one was great.


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

    I would not rename it. The title is suitable.


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    Alexandria Milton New York 09-14-13
    Alexandria Milton New York 09-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Alexandria

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    "Warm and fuzzy"

    This book was warm and fuzzy without really meaning to be. It expanded my consciousness about how mental illness can manifest within each of us. We're all a little crazy!

    Anyone who has ever struggled to fight their own demons, or who has found themselves wrongly marginalized based on faulty assumptions, will be able to relate to this lovely story and the strong characters in it.

    Ray Porter's narration is pitch perfect, and the writing isn't bad either - great character studies. Recommended!

    The film does not do this book justice.

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    M. Lapi-Uresk Wallkill, New York USA 09-13-13
    M. Lapi-Uresk Wallkill, New York USA 09-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "One of the Best!"
    Would you listen to The Silver Linings Playbook again? Why?

    This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. The story was amazing!


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