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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Lees Summit, MO, United States 02-25-13
    Amy Lees Summit, MO, United States 02-25-13
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder 01-29-13
    L. Calder 01-29-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic entree to movie appetizer"

    Jennifer Lawrence's extraordinary performance saved the movie of this book, but the Matthew Quick's novel filled in the myriad of strange gaps that either the editors or screen writer left me and my companion as we left the theater a bit bewildered. Ray Porter's narration coupled with Quick's excellent dialogue made this incredibly well done story swim by. The way Quick ever so slowly brought us to the understanding of Pat's and Tiffany's traumas was brilliant. The characters in the book are so more complex and compelling than their counterparts in the movie, where they almost became caricatures. Feel like the movie was a trailer to one remarkable book, which I've urged all my friends who saw the movie to read.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    laurie 03-10-13
    laurie 03-10-13

    I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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    "So much more than the wonderful movie"

    Another reviewer said the movie was "a trailer for the book," and I can't improve on that description. This book was wonderful. If you loved the film, you will find more complex, more fleshed-out characters and situations that are not as pat as a movie script demands.You'll like the book a lot more, I bet.

    The narrator nails the psychiatrist's accent, which was one of the most enjoyable parts of this Audible experience for me. The women's voices weren't as distinguishable--slightly higher and quicker than the men's, but that was OK.

    I found this to be a fascinating romance of two troubled individuals and their healing.

    15 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-09-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2015

    From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.

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    "One Exceptional Experience!"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    Here is a masterpiece and maybe the best book I have found on Audible, yet it deals with perhaps the hardest subject matter there is in modern literature. There are so many reasons I love this book, its hard to rank them.

    But let me start with Ray Porter's narration.I have listed him before in my top 3 performers, but there is no question this one makes him the top narrator on Audible. And that is from a library of over 800 titles. There are alot of emotions and even deadpan dialect within this book and Porter captures it all perfectly.

    The story revolves around mental illness, a very sensitive and often tragic subject matter. It does not burden us with diagnosis, yet it blesses us with the healing power of excellent therapy. And there is the perfect amount of humor to keep us interested.

    Perhaps what I loved most was Quick's use of classic American literature to provide clever and penetrating metaphors to tell us what the hero is actually facing and/or running from.


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

    The Help. Its groundbreaking literature exmaning mental illness as opposed to race to reveal true human experience.


    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Mariah BOULDER, CO, United States 06-28-13
    Mariah BOULDER, CO, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Even better than the movie!"

    I was expecting this book to be pretty much the same as the movie, which I really enjoyed. The book follows a fairly different story arc than the movie, with less of an emphasis on the dance and the relationship with Tiffany, and more of an emphasis on Patrick's philosophy and recovery...and his love of the Eagles. The narrator was perfect--he captured Pat's boy-like manner, and also did a great accent for Cliff, the Indian psychologist. All in all a really great listen!

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-11-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-11-13

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "What a TREAT!"

    This was such a fun, witty, and touching story. Ray Porter really brought the characters to life- I will defiantly be listening to this one again! You won't be disappointed!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eryn 10-27-15
    Eryn 10-27-15
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    "Not Impressed"

    The Narration was perfectly fine and the quality of it wasn't an issue, it was the story that was lacking for me. It was redundant in the worst of ways, and very slow moving. I'd lost interest so many times I found myself having to force myself to listen to it. I was really disappointed because I'd liked the movie so much. Needless to say I would sooner recommend the movie than the book to anyone else.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 05-31-13
    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not my Favorite"

    This is a basic love story hampered by a few reoccurring problems. It's Nicholas Sparks with some sports references and a mental illness arc. My biggest issue was that the main character's mental illness is not so much a characteristic as a plot device. Does he need to have slight amnesia so that the books big reveal remains hidden? Done. Does he need to have a child-like thought process to make him endearing and/or propel the story forward? Done. But his illness is at odds with the other aspects of his character. It seemed a lot less like mental illness and more like stupidity that the author employed as a convenient plot device. The other issue was the prevalent sports theme. While I am not a sports fan and feel that this may have to do with why it irked me, I genuinely disapproved of the manic, frenzied sports mentality that consumed most of the characters. I was fine until it seemed again to be less of a contributing factor to the actual story and more anecdotal filler used at random by the author. And finally, on more than one occasion I felt that I was suspending my disbelief to the point of exhaustion. Another coincidence, another glaring pothole that the reader saw coming from a mile away but none of the characters did, another "but wait how did she know..." or "how in the world did he not know??" because a large portion of the unknown is so obvious that its cliche. I thought I'd put this down once I had reached the middle, because to be honest I just didn't care about the characters or the story and I could see what every character couldn't from an hour in. But a lapse in downloading another book led me to finish it, and it ended as lackluster as I suspected. I would recommend this only if you're a sucker for any sort of love story, and possibly if you're an Eagles fan. Other than that don't bother. Of course I am one negative review amongst a ton of positive, so I could just have awful taste....

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    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 09-01-13
    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 09-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "After the movie, worth a read?"

    “Life is hard, and children have to be told how hard life can be…So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind.” - Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

    After listening to the novel last year's popular movie was based on, I understand why other readers at Audible.com sing its praises from the mountaintops. The story’s protagonist and narrator, Pat, gains a lot of his charm through dry descriptions of his erratic behavior. The ease with which Pat explains his odd, compulsive actions and his simplistic outlook on life result in a very amusing read. I am not a laugh out loud person, which makes watching comedies slightly uncomfortable for me, but I did spontaneously laugh out loud a few times while listening to The Silver Linings Playbook.

    The novel is Pat’s tale – he stands out from a crowd of slightly flat supporting characters. In the movie, the character of Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) has been fleshed out and amped up to meet Pat (Bradley Cooper) at his level of charm. Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany steals the show in the film, and in the book Tiffany doesn’t have a few of her most memorable scenes.

    Another standout feature of the book was its portrayal of the joy of rituals surrounding Pat’s beloved football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. I am not a sports fan and I did just do a quick Google search to confirm that the Eagles are, in fact, a football team; however, this book made me understand and appreciate the sheer pleasure of rooting for a team with all your closest friends, yelling chants and getting hyped.

    Maybe predictable for the Hollywood version of any story, the movie feels a lot lighter than the book. Extra plot arcs are created to make the movie goer care a bit more. Although laden with humor, the subject matter here is at its core bleak – mental illness, family dysfunction, loss. The jokes based on Pat’s narration, clever and fresh at the beginning of the novel, felt stale by its end.

    Movies that are better than the book they are based on are rare birds – it takes a vivid, complicated movie to master a novel’s plot. Like Fight Club before it, I believe The Silver Linings Playbook has pulled off this feat. The book is charming and witty, but the movie reaches a higher level of creativity.

    Matthew Quick has written several books since The Silver Linings Playbook and they all sound worthy of a read.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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