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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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    Michael Cavacini Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-01-13
    Michael Cavacini Philadelphia, PA, United States 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 2011
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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

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    Erin KOKOMO, IN, United States 02-26-13
    Erin KOKOMO, IN, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen!"
    Where does The Silver Linings Playbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A favorite book before movie read


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

    Getting to know the main characteras a loving caring person, not a labeled or judged patient


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

    An authentic New Jersey feel!


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

    New Jersey Sunday Dancing


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    Amy Lees Summit, MO, United States 02-25-13
    Amy Lees Summit, MO, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I don't read much due to my schedule and this was a great way to hear the story. I have not had time to see the movie, but am looking forward to seeing it when it is out on video.


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

    I'm not sure, but it itself is a great story about mental disorders and those who live with people suffering from a mental disorder.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dance - when all of the friends joined together to congratulate Pat.


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

    No - but it made my rush drives easier to deal with and more relaxing.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read or listen!

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    T.Lynne Camas, WA, United States 02-13-13
    T.Lynne Camas, WA, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable, easy listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this as it was an easy listen, pleasantly presented, and a storyline that was not so involved that it was distracting to an audio listener. The reader did a nice job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the story was fast-paced and funny.


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    Jodi United States 02-07-13
    Jodi United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "what a great story....."

    I highly reccomend this book. It was funny and sad-one minute ur laughing and the next ur crying. So good is all I can say.

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    judysoutlet 09-09-11
    judysoutlet 09-09-11 Member Since 2003
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    I enjoyed this book but most surprisingly so did my husband. He listened with me and was easily caught up with Pat Peoples' plight to win back his wife while healing from a tragic incident that left Pat in a "bad place."

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    Andy Bradenton, Florida, United States 07-21-11
    Andy Bradenton, Florida, United States 07-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A very nice, easy listen!"

    I started this and had to listen to it all at once. Ray Porter does a great job with the narration.

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    Michal L. Jones Shelocta, Pa USA 04-20-13
    Michal L. Jones Shelocta, Pa USA 04-20-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Entertaing and Enjoyable"

    I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it was a mystery of sorts and a journey of two people through the darkness to the mending of the heart and mind of mental illness. The characters are full of life and at times heartbreaking. This book has several "sliver linings"... Would recommend.

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