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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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    MICHELLE 03-25-13
    MICHELLE 03-25-13
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    "A Good Listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Since the movie was in the news so much lately, I was interested in the story line. I have not seen the actual movie only the trailer and did not know what to expect from the book. I am not a big fan of the cursing (liberal use of the f_ _ _). I understand that it is an attempt to "keep it real" and that "that is just how people talk these days" but good storytelling just doesn't need that in my opinion. I have avoided books on tape in the past but found a situation where it worked. The time spent on this book was the same time that I spent well by going to the gym for a workout. The two work remarkably well together!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it fit nicely with the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time he talked about the saxophonist, cracked me up.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I am curious to see why the actors in this movie received so many awards and nominations so it is tempting... As I said before, I am not a big fan of the cursing (liberal use of the f_ _ _) nor of gatuitous sex scenes and I can imagine that playing out in this movie. So, maybe not... I'll wait 'til it is cleaned up an put on TV!!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the narrator's performance. It just worked for me!

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    Cindi L. Washburn Harrisville, WV, US 03-25-13
    Cindi L. Washburn Harrisville, WV, US 03-25-13
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    "Fresh story concept"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If your tired of the same old plots and story lines this is the book for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enough mystery to hold interest. Enough romance to please. Everything with a twist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. T. Meadows 03-25-13 Member Since 2014

    Speaking of Which...

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    "A different perspective from the movie"
    Would you try another book from Matthew Quick and/or Ray Porter?

    I would indeed. I would like very much to see if Matthew Quick's writing style was intentionally simplistic, to show Pat's relatively basic concepts in his journal; or if he just has a more basic vernacular. I sense the former, but it would be nice to see that in action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tiffany. He willingness to confront Pat with the truth of his situation, despite the surrounding desire to protect him from himself. Call it brave or seeking of self-destruction, it is magnificent to see her character throughout.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It did indeed.


    Do you think The Silver Linings Playbook needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    As much as I would love to continue the journey with Pat and Tiffany, I think that this story holds its own as a singular entry. It is a complete story and is tied up as nicely as a story of happy endings amidst harsh realities needs to be without veering into something hokey.


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    Merian Laplace, LA, United States 03-23-13
    Merian Laplace, LA, United States 03-23-13
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    "Great play on being bi polar"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silver Linings Playbook the most enjoyable?

    Being able to close my eyes and imagine the characters


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

    Finding out why he couldn't listen to Kenny G


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Being able to really make u feel its different characters


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

    Life has silver linings


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    M. Hegg Minnesota 03-22-13
    M. Hegg Minnesota 03-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Shorewood

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    "Funny Funny Funny Unexpected!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened I have not read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That is was a comedy it was very unexpected.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job! He brought pat to life


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Comedy


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy

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    Dana United States 03-21-13
    Dana United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Best audiobook I have ever listened to"

    I have never listened to an audiobook in such a short time--I found every possible opportunity to listen. I have not yet seen the movie -- and now I am glad I experienced the book first, as I am not able to imagine how this story could be fully captured on screen. The narration was excellent, and the story interesting and engaging at every step. I did not want it to end.

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    K. Sowa 03-20-13
    K. Sowa 03-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid reader, mother of two, fangirl, nerdfighter, Chicago Cubs enthusiast and NASA supporter.

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    "Funny, sad and poignant"

    Pat Peoples is not mentally stable and that is something that becomes clear almost immediately as you hear his inner dialogue. Pat's world is repetitive and highly structured which works for him since his entire focus is on getting his ex-wife back. Since we only know what Pat knows, it takes a while for the layers if his instability to become clear, but while that happens, you will most definitely start liking Pat. Pat's child-like understanding of the world around him and his frank observations brings his flawed and sometimes messed-up family into sharp focus. Before Pat went into the Bad Place it is easy to imagine him behaving much like his stoic and unpleasant father, but his post-Bad Place understanding lets you into a world where he starts to recognize that practicing kindness is more than just a means to an end. Much like the Nick Hornby books I love, this story revolves around a sports team (The Philadelphia Eagles) and its place as a conduit for communication in the Peeples family. The team was almost a character itself, and I loved the way their wins an losses were woven throughout the story and permeated every aspect of Pat's life. In truth, I was surprised by how poignant and funny this book was. It is not only a very frank look at how people view mental illness and how we treat the mentally ill people we interact with every day, it is also a sort of delayed coming of age story. It was as if, at 34, Pat wakes up and is forced to start over with only a limited understand of why. I did not love every character in the book, but I loved the way they were written because it made me feel like I made that judgement after really getting to know them, and you will certainly feel as if you know all of the characters in this story through Pat's eyes.

    The narrator was a big reason I loved this book. His voice did a fantastic job of capturing the cadence of a working class family, their inflections and how they might talk to each other. He did a great job with the female voices and the various accents that were sometime required. He brought life to Pat's voice and I highly recommend the audio version to anyone who has been curious about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan FOREST HILL, MD, United States 03-19-13
    Megan FOREST HILL, MD, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I really enjoyed this!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this story. I wasn't in love with the narrator at first, but then realized he really was the character Pat. I am looking forward to seeing the movie now, to compare the stories. Enjoy

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    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Stephen San Diego, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm just this guy, y'know?

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    "I wish I'd read the book first..."

    I don't usually feel that way, but in this case, the subtle (and less-subtle) changes made to adapt the story to the movie were distracting, even if they were mostly for the best (for a movie).

    As a native of the Delaware Valley, I did enjoy all of the Eagles references though. :)

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    Petrea 03-18-13
    Petrea 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Always "read" the book before seeing the movie!"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    Great story, great characters, important themes. Very well presented.


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

    Ray Porter does a great job portraying the various characters, including women.


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