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)
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
I am so glad I read this book before I saw the movie - they are night and day! I am amazed at the differences. I really loved everything about this audiobook. The writing is excellent, and the narrator makes it all so real. The author does an amazing job developing his characters - you really feel like you know them. The story has so many twists and turns as it unfolds that it's easy to lose yourself in.
Probably not... Just wasn't a fan.
Be more cautious of the books I get.
Like I said in the headline, I liked the book more than the movie, but that isn't saying much.
I really enjoyed the audio version of the story since the character Pat did the narration of the story. It felt like he was just sharing a personal experience rather than narrating a book.
I enjoyed all the characters...each flawed in their own way. I would have to say that Pat's mother quickly became my favorite character in the book because she was really the main support behind Pat and the glue that kept the family together.
Great story. I really like how the Eagles chant and just being an Eagles fan was woven through the story, as is was such an important part of the People's life.
Fantastic job voicing the different parts. Make the story really come alive.
The Asian invasion (and Cliff).
I was skeptical of listening to this, only because it had been recently been made a movie and the trailers didn't put it in a light as something I would enjoy. I was wrong. I was hooked pretty quickly. Great story and a great performance.
Warning: this book swears A LOT. It's a fascinating story because it is all about mental illness. The characters are quirky but that makes it easier to sympathize with them. I think people who know and love people with mental illness will connect with this book. Did I mention it swears a lot? Well, it does.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - This book is told from the viewpoint of Pat Peeples, and it begins with his release from a mental institution. His plight in the real world is unusual and very touching but, due to the simplicity of his thinking, the story quickly becomes repetitive and somewhat dull. It is a short, sweet, easy listen. It is never heavy or particularly sad, and there is occasional humor. Nonetheless, I found my mind wandering and my eyes glancing at the timer, wishing it would move more quickly.
Some reviewers have commented on the important themes explored in the story and how it illustrates the treatment of mentally ill persons, the importance of therapy, etc. I'm sure those themes and messages are all there, but I'm not one to dissect story lines and find hidden meanings. I just want to be entertained and, from that viewpoint, I think some of the repetition could have been toned down a bit. (For instance, "We chanted E-A-G-L-E-S and spelled the letters with our arms and legs" -- you will hear that probably 15 times.)
I don't want to give too much away, but there is a silver lining in the story. The last few hours were really good and the ending is great.
NARRATION - I don't think the performance was a challenging one, but the narrator did a good job.
OVERALL - I would actually rate this book more like a 3.5. It is entertaining, touching and a story that needs to be heard, but bogs down too much in the middle.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
It sometimes got jarring to me when the character repeated things over and over. Sometimes I was afraid the audible version was stuck. I imagine reading the book would not have had this problem.
To know what mental illness feels like from the insider view. It also was the most frustrating because you realized his assumptions were false and you just wanted to squeeze him and tell him to forget Nikki!
I also enjoyed his take on all the classic books he read and how for the most part they were pretty depressing.
I thought the book good, but their were so many things going on that the story didn't handle well. His father was such a big fat jerk that I wanted some closure on him that never came.
It was adequate, not outstanding. I didn't like the narrators women's voices very much.
It could have another book, but I don't think I would read it. The first one wasn't that good. I haven't seen the movie, but normally a book is better than the movie.
I am a daily commuter, 1 hour each way. Audible rides shotgun with me every day. The time flies by when I am listening to a good book.
I will never think of Kenny G in the same way after listening to this book. I was sad when it ended because now Pat, his mom, Cliff & the Asian Invasion won't be riding with me to and from work any longer. What a great story & characters. The narrator did a great job with Pat and the other characters, especially Cliff. I will watch the movie now and probably listen to this book again in the future. One time will not be enough for me which is my measure of a great book.
Yes definitely. Laugh out loud funny sometimes and heartbreaking others.
The Asian Invasion bus was hilarious. Spot on accents by narrator. Love the interactions between main characters.
Stellar accents. Handled wide range of characters very well.
Reunion with Danny.
Great true to life view of one man and his family's struggle with mental illness. Like all stories it's just one person but it's good to have honest stories out there to help us understand one another's different types of crazy...we've all got something.
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