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)
Really enjoy this book, the complexity and dysfunctional nature of the characters makes for a really unique plot. The narrator is excellent!
What made this book so phenomenal for me is the reader, Ray Porter. The way he reads it is exactly how I think Pat would speak being in the mental state that he is.
When Ray Porter does the voice of God counting down...I could not stop smiling. He does such a great job of switching voices between Pat, Tiffany, his mom...I was never confused with who was speaking at the time.
I love this story. I loved the book, I loved the movie! I literally laughed out loud several times. Although I wasn't a fan of his female voices, the narrator was pretty good at the dead pan voice of the main character and the therapist which made it even more hilarious, but it was also very touching. I loved the whole football thing which I saw was mentioned in the reviews as often a negative aspect of the book and I'm not even a fan but I get the neurosis of being a "fan" of something, anything and that is the point. We're all a bit neurotic in our own way and so are a lot of people, you're not alone! Some neurotic tendencies are just more accepted than others...clever and interesting. A great listen.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
I love this story; it is one that I will not forget easily. The characters were very well developed. I think I knew what the problem was long before it was revealed, but it did not distract from the story’s heartbreak. I wanted to cry at several points in the story, then I laughed, got angry, and became a cheerleader for the growth this injured soul made.
The story is about a broken heart, a supportive family, caring friends, and a cover-up. This is a love story without the passion and a broken life with a solution. This is a true 5 star story.
I love how the narrator created each and every moment. You can feel the emotion in his voice that brought you to the place where the character was most passionate. This was a great book and a great read I might add. However, as usual, they can't bring the book to screen because you don't feel what he feels and know what he thinks. This is a must read and a great listen!
An interesting mix of football and love. I selected this story on the advice of a friend who recommended the movie. I haven't watched the movie, but had time for the audiobook on a cross country flight. It was an enjoyable listen, nothing heavy or deep. It is a romantic comedy with a predictable ending but unusual plot line and diverse characters.
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.
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.
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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