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
"This offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser." (Publishers Weekly)
So when I went to watch this movie, I saw it was based on a novel by Matthew quick, I'd previously never heard of this author. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly so I decided to get the book. Needless to say the movie and the book a quite different from each other but I loved this book.
Firstly the message Pat is trying to live by, he wants to be a better person to try get back his wife Nicky so he "practices to be kind and not right" as he puts it and believes in silver linings as long as he practice to be kind and not right. Of course life is not perfect and we cannot control other people actions. Pat tries to re-connect with his father and visits "the best therapist in the world" while he tries to piece his life together after being in a mental facility. If Pat is crazy then Victoria is more crazy but her heart in a good place. I loved the message and theme for this book; being positive, kind and hope that every chapter you read you are continuously hopeful that Pat can get better and his silver lining will come.
Secondly since I watched the movie before reading the book I was a little surprised by the narration. The narrator sounded a little slow (mentally), though the character suffers from a mental disorder (bipolar syndrome) he is not slow nor suffers from a low IQ. So at first I was slightly surprised, but I soon got over this and the narrator drew me to the story and when it was over, it felt too soon. This book is definitely a repeat listen for me, and I recommend it because the book gives you hope and makes you a believer in silver linings.
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.
It was unusual.
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).
It just made me think and put myself in some of the characters places.
While I don't like football at all, the way he described everything made even that fun to listen to.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
I liked the characters and how they made the overall story mesh
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.
Blue Sy Through the Dark Clouds..But that sounds lame. The Silver Linings Playbook fits perfectly..
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.
A friend insisted I go see the movie. Haven't made it yet but did download the book. Very sympathetic characters, well portrayed
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!
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.
The one in which I finally found out what happened to set the whole thing in motion
The first time he realized it had been years not months since he had been away
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.
The honesty and candor of the story written from the main character's perspective who is battling mental illness
Ray Porter read this novel capturing every emotion and nuance. He really conveyed the main character’s hopefulness, sadness, naivety and anger
I cannot answer that question as I have not seen the print edition.
the most memorable moment for me was when the lead character begins to unravel the mystery behind his dislike for Kenny G.
Porter did an array of voices, some with accents, very well. He brought the book to life.
Im not that creative.
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