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)
I really enjoyed Ray Porter's delivery. It matched the narrator's mental state and made the humorous tone of the story stand out. This is also a very moving book and I found myself appreciating the different characters, though many of them start off as one dimensional. If the sample matches your type of humor, I would try this, as it's pretty much that way throughout. Some of the voices aren't so seamless and they can be distracting, which is why I gave the overall experience a 4, but the reader is dead on for Pat's inner monologue, so he still gets a 5 from me.
I'm only on chapter 2 but it is so depressing that I probably will not be finishing it.
I don't know.
Too depressing for my taste.
This story draws you in to the point where you get uncomfortable as you see the struggles the characters go through as they deal with mental illness. The ending was strong enough to leave me missing the story and the characters I had grown to know.
I loved the way narrator read. I felt like I understood the characters so much more through the book than I did through the movie. Story makes so much more sense!
I love being read to.
Different from the movie, but just as enjoyable. It was like listening to another version, another point of view of the same story. I loved them both.
Don't waste your time. Awful boon and terrible narrator! I usually read books of movies I like and visa versa. This is the only one that I've ever have to white knuckle it through. The story was very different in the movie, which was funny, entertaining and kept you wanting more. The book was the complete opposite. You really couldn't connect with the characters and the story line was a bunch of rambling mish mash. His neurosis in the book was extremely annoying and frustrating. I do not recommended wasting your time on this book. Enjoy the movie!
I rarely bother to read a book after seeing the movie. Even more rare will I finish such. This book was definitely a great listen and did indeed flesh out what was a truly great movie. That said, Ray Porter's performance was also 5 star!
After the movie got such rave reviews, I knew I needed to read, or in this case listen to, the book before seeing the movie. I'll admit, I had a tough time picture Bradley Cooper in the role of Pat Peoples, but I'm anxious to see him portray the troubled character. I had no trouble at all picturing Jennifer Lawrence as the dark and foul-mouthed Tiffany though. I didn't want to have an expectations going into this story, so I never read the synopsis. I had no idea what the story was about. From the opening lines, I was sucked into Pat's story. I had no idea what happened to him, why he was in "the bad place", or even who Nikki was at first.
I never doubted that narrator, Ray Porter, was Pat. He so thoroughly became the character, realistically portraying emotions, doing amazing accents and voicing other characters, I became lost in the story and forgot I was listening to someone read a book rather than watching a movie. Matthew Quick's debut novel is impressive, filled with well-developed characters, rich descriptions, and intense emotions that kept me riveted.
This is primarily a story about a man struggling with mental health. His overarching goal is to end "apart time" with his wife, Nikki, and show her how he's become a better man. He knows she likes strong men, so he works out to the extreme, running, weight lifting, and doing sit-ups until he's massively bulked-up and fit. It's clear from the beginning that in addition to emotional issues, he's got some mental problems. After being released from "the bad place", he moves in with his parents and slowly pieces his life back together. He resumes relationships with his brother, his best childhood friend, and his mother, although his father is aloof. Through his friend, Ronny, he meets Tiffany, Ronny's sister-in-law, and the two strike up an odd relationship that transforms both of them in unexpected ways. All of this unfolds against the backdrop of the Philadelphia Eagles football season, with the events ebbing and flowing with the wins and losses of the Eagles.
The characters are simply amazing. Every single character, no matter how unimportant their role, comes across as three-dimensional, nuanced, and deep. Pat is exceptionally well done as is Tiffany. Pat's parents, his therapist, even his friends. This is primarily a character-driven story, which is great, because the characters are living, breathing entities.
What Didn't Work for Me
1. The pacing. At times, the pacing was too slow. Many events seemed to happen over and over and didn't feel as if they were moving the story forward, but I was engaged enough, I was easily able to overlook them.
2. The ending. It felt rushed and almost incomplete. Although it wrapped up all the loose ends, I wanted just a little more.
What I Enjoyed About The Silver Linings Playbook
1. The characters. They are so thoroughly well developed, they easily carried the story through some of the slower sections.
2. Tiffany. I instantly loved her. Maybe it's because she and I share the same vocabulary, but something about her just really struck a chord with me, and I was rooting for her right along with Pat.
3. Football. As an 18-year season ticket holder with the San Diego Chargers, I could really relate so much to the excitement of the games, rooting for your team, having a favorite player, and how a good or bad game can make or break your mood for days.
4. The narration. Narrator, Ray Porter, was phenomenal, bringing the characters to life. I'd listen to anything he narrates.
5. The themes. I love the idea of finding your own silver lining in any situation. Recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I'm constantly looking for silver linings every day. And finding them.
The Silver Linings Playbook is the story of mental illness, but also about hope and finding your own silver linings.
This is one of my favorite books ever (also a spectacular movie) and Ray Porter's performance did not disappoint. His command of the story and the sensitivity the narration required showed his expertise from complicated dialogue to meanderings of a healing mind. It was as if I was in psychiatrist Cliff Patel's office. Buy this audiobook!
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