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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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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

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"This offbeat story has all the markings of a crowd-pleaser." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Donna A Massachusetts 05-16-13
    Donna A Massachusetts 05-16-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Great 1st novel - Movie not so much"

    The Silver Linings Playbook is Matthew Quick's stellar debut novel. The story is told by the main character Pat Peoples, as he releases from the ‘the bad place’ (neural health facility) in the care of his emotional Mother and remote Father. Pat believes in silver linings; that his life is a movie produced by God, he is extremely focus on recreating himself by becoming physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki, ending their “a part time”. Into his life comes Tiffany; a tragically over sexed clinically depressed widowed with a rather demanding condition, to act as a liaison between him and Nikki …needless to say, things don't go quite as she expects. The characters are complex, flawed and a little bit crazy.

    The Silver Linings Playbook will warm your heart, make you chuckle and may bring a tear to your eye.

    After reading the book I rented the movie and was sadly disappointed - I would give it 3 stars – I felt the movie was jumpy and hard to follow, way too much yelling in amongst the characters, the changed quite a lot of the story line. Too bad Hollywood ruined story. They left some of the best parts of the story out.

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    Hsunchi San Jose, CA, United States 05-16-13
    Hsunchi San Jose, CA, United States 05-16-13
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    "good story, make me cry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Linings Playbook?

    when Pey's mom told him that she will never leave him. i'm so touched.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    i like.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i'm very touched.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so touched by his Mom's love.

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    Sara READS LANDING, MN, United States 05-15-13
    Sara READS LANDING, MN, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this to a friend, many friends, in fact! I truly enjoyed the narration and story! I had wanted to see the film prior to listening to the book, but now I am not so sure as I do not want to be disappointed.


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

    Hmmmm, I'm not sure that I would compare it to anything I have read, I mean it is a narritive and follows someone's journy, so I guess that makes it like many books I have read, but I really thought this story stood on it's own!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His narritive really felt real, like it was the main character talking and most of the book felt like we, the listener/reader was privy to his inner most thoughts and feelings.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry!! There is just enough humor and tenderness to keep the pages turning!


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    Liisa 05-14-13
    Liisa 05-14-13

    I am in the Medical Profession. Love DOGS! & All animals. I have a very colorful imagination. I love music (soothes my soul)wind,water,Moon

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    "SPECTACULAR AUDIBLE EXPERIENCE.,BETTER THAN MOVIE"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silver Linings Playbook the most enjoyable?

    THE ABILITY TO RELY ON MY IMAGINATION. WAS A WONDERFUL CHANGE OF VENUE. READERS VOICE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE AND PLEASANT WHEN HE CHANGED TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE. ESP...THE ASIAN INVASION.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE HONESTY OF THE 2 LEAD CHARACTERS COMPLEX LIVES AND HOW THEY INTERWOVE WITH EACH OTHER. LOVED PAT AND TIFFANY.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    IMAGINATION, EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION WITH THE REAL ABILITY TO RELAX AND SIMPLY LISTEN TO A WONDERFUL BOOK.,WITHOUT EYE STRAIN.


    If you could rename The Silver Linings Playbook, what would you call it?

    WHAT YOU THINK IS DESTINY, MAY BE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE THIS EXPERIENCE. WILL CONTINUE EAGERLY TO BUILD MY LIBRARY. THANK YOU!

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    Adam & Amber Atlanta, GA, United States 05-14-13
    Adam & Amber Atlanta, GA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Always better than the movie!"

    This is a great read, or listen. The book gives you lots that the movie doesn't. I really enjoyed it!

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    Jessica 05-10-13
    Jessica 05-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Nothing Like the Movie"

    This is one of those few times where the book is not necessarily better than the movie. From everyone I've talked to who have experienced both, you'll will probably like whichever one you saw or read first. I absolutely loved the movie, so I was disappointed to see how different the book is. Major plot lines are completely different. With that being said, the book was still a great listen. It was significantly darker and sadder than the movie, but still had moments that had me laughing. The narrator was fantastic in his portrayal of Pat Peeples, but did seem to have trouble with female voices. Overall, I would recommend this Audible book and really enjoyed it once I stopped comparing it to the movie.

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    EJT CT 05-10-13
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    "Love LOVE LOVE"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Linings Playbook?

    The dance performance


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. And I could not wait to get back to listening. Very sad when it ended


    Any additional comments?

    Soooooooo Goooood!

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    Carolyn Voorhees, NJ, United States 04-30-13
    Carolyn Voorhees, NJ, United States 04-30-13
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    "Pretty good book!!"

    I enjoyed listening to it! It had some very pensive moments!!!! I would recommend this book to someone else!

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    Corena Nashville, IL, United States 04-28-13
    Corena Nashville, IL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It was just missing something..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very "real."


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    If you could take any character from The Silver Linings Playbook out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Cliff, for sure! Very interesting fellow. And a nice guy as well.


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    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 04-25-13
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I did not watch movie and had no idea what it was about . i really got into the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Linings Playbook?

    When he meets his therapist in his bus.


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