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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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    Dominique Richmond 03-23-15
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    "Excellent narration!"

    This book gives a wonderful perspective, given from the point of view of someone with serious mental illness. It is smart, funny when you don't expect it to be, and full of hope despite hardship. There seems to be a lot of repetition in the beginning, because it is told in first person, but it continues to change and improve as the character's mind continues to heal, and comes across as very deliberate. The characters are very well described and developed, through the eyes of the narrator with the help of excellent reading by Ray Porter. This performer did a flawless job of switching voices for each character, and a using a particular accent that fit with each person. He really nailed the accent of people from the region where the book takes place. (jersey and Philadelphia areas). The F-word seems to be used a bit excessively by a couple characters, to the point that it loses it's drama or emphasis, pulling me out of my immersion in the book and characters temporarily because it didn't seem like them anymore, just the writer gleefully enjoying his ability to type the word repetitively on his keyboard. Overall though, a fantastic book. I now have the desire to read another book narrated by Ray Porter as well.

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    Dangela 03-20-15
    Dangela 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Watch the movie"

    It is beyond rare that I would say this, but watch the movie. The narrator does an excellent job with what he is presented, but the story is...mediocre and the writing is ATROCIOUS. If you wish to get the story, but don't want to punish yourself, watch the movie.

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    wolfrench Columbus, GA United States 03-06-15
    wolfrench Columbus, GA United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    As usual, the movie and the book are different, but both are enjoyable and streams alone on their own. It's full of colorful characters, and a great story.

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    Jennifer United States 03-06-15
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    "WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!"

    This book is about two subjects split right down the middle: Eagles football and mental illness, and I wish someone would have warned me. The performance was wonderful, but I almost didn't finish because I was so damned sick of hearing about Eagles football! If you don't like football, don't bother with this. The book is quite different from the movie. Also, the movie portrays the main character as bipolar. In the book, he suffers from a psychotic break, these are two very different things. Having said that, the story does excellently portray a person suffering from a psychotic break. That was the only reason I finished the book. The excess of football stats and references and the constant "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" of the Eagles fight song blaring in my ears almost ruined the book for me and is the reason why I'm only giving this two stars.

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    Ricki 03-05-15
    Ricki 03-05-15
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    "I love this book"

    I really loved this book. I watched the movie first, which I think helped visualize things in the book which sometimes it's usually the opposite when watching a movie before the book. I recommend this audiobook. The reader was great.

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    Amazon Customer 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it."

    A narrator can make or break a book. Ray Porter was entertaining to listen to and really added to the story.

    The book itself was light and very enjoyable. I will read or listen to Matthew Quick again!

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    Michael A Weissmann 02-25-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Darker clouds makes a brighter lining."

    Decided to read this after enjoying the movie. These are two similar yet very different things. This book is darker. The characters more flawed. Which makes them all feel more real in their grittiness.

    Well done Mr. Quick.

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    Jillian 02-10-15
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    I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to all a really different book and couldn't put it down

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    Maryann Cleveland, OH, United States 02-06-15
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    I really liked this book. Little different from the movie but still great!!!!! I love Ray Porter. He makes this story evern better. Very well done.

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    Diana 02-05-15
    Diana 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    I loved this book, but honestly for the first time I believe ever, I liked the movie better. Definitely recommend.

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