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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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    Cathy Apple Valley, MN, United States 04-17-13
    Cathy Apple Valley, MN, United States 04-17-13
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    "Quite a different story line"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was okay as I was on a long drive so kept me entertained. The story line was quite different. Much of the story was redundant. The character had the same routine every day so we had to listen to him do the same thing over and over. And the football chant got old.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure. I think I was disappointed because of the hype saying this was good. I was expecting much better. Maybe if my expectations were not so high I would have liked it better.


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

    Have not listened to this person reading before but I thought he did a good job for the story he had to work with.


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

    It is a movie and after listening to the book I can not imagine a movie. What would it be constant workouts and running and Eagles chant. No I do not want to go see this now.


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    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 04-16-13
    kalista jupiter, FL, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2005

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    "SILVER LININGS OR FAIRY TALE"

    the silver linings playbook is a tale of mental illness, mr quick did a fair job expressing the thoughts, provocations for behavioral problems, the medication issues, therapy, the bad place, mood swings, the anger, rage, despair, fear, anxiety, coping skills or lack of.
    most people suffering from mental illness lack family, friends, a good therapist, isolation is what most find. patrick has positive people in his life, plus he finds another broken soul he can relate to and find affection for. it does not happen that way. this book got so many glowing reviews from listeners. how many have or know someone suffering from depression, anxiety bi polar disorder or mania or those who have no interest in life because they see the world as it really is and choose to escape, run flee, the antidepressents come with warnings, may cause suicidal thoughts, just great for an already depressed person. the right medication "cocktail" required to pull one up from the bleak, ,deep, pit of despair may or may not be found. being alittle quirky, unusual, or a bit of an oddball is not what mental illness is about, it is not an artistic temperment. for most afflicted it is debilitating. there is no light at the end of the tunnel,
    there is no balm to pour on to a mind pouring out to much or not enough of the "right" chemicals. the book glosses over the shame or sence of weakness many feel over thier illness, on the plus side at least Mr Quick brought out the fact that yes, Mental Illness is real and opens an avenue for discussion. I would suggest that anyone interested in the topic of this book look into "the black dog" used by Winston Churchill to describe his affliction and has been adopted by a group helping those with depression and bipolar disorders.

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    Yan Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-16-13
    Yan Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awe-inspiring novel that gently grips you"

    It feels like I haven't read/listened to such a powerful book in a long time. There is so much emotion on its pages that you can't help but be emotionally attached to all the characters. You feel for the broken family, you feel for Pat, you feel for Tiffany, and you feel the intense love they have for the Eagles, and the most amazing part for me is the author made me feel all these without making me feel like I am being coerced into it.

    Yes the book touches on a lot of sensitive subjects like mental illness and abusive relationship, but it does so in the most sincere and straight up way that it doesn't make you feel like you're being forced to feel sorry for the characters.

    I have never seen the movie, nor the trailer, but I will definitely recommend this book.

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    Brandy FULLERTON, CA, United States 04-16-13
    Brandy FULLERTON, CA, United States 04-16-13
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    "Touching story of recovery from a mental breakdown"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    I loved seeing the progression in the character's recovery, being able to see it more and more and watching his thoughts and feelings change as time passed. Also seeing that happen within the confines of his New Jersey family who loved sports.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pat Solitano, is was his journey and I related and connected with him.


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

    No I have not. I thought it was a great performance.


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

    There is a movie already for this title.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good, really enjoyed.

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    Faith Spencer baltimore, md 04-16-13
    Faith Spencer baltimore, md 04-16-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great, Great, Great!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! The story is very good, the reading is entertaining and it's paced well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the psychiatrist. The two main characters are fantastic, but the doctor is the best!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene when the doctor introduced himself as an Eagles fan. He makes a connection with Pat and builds the rapport needed in a therapeutic relationship. It also was very humorous.


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

    I like the title. Who am I to change anything?


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't seen the movie, and I am happy I listened to the book first. Ray Porter's reading is entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. He uses accents where appropriate, without being patronizing or stereotypical. Good listen all around!

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    Rina A. Stein Wooster, OH 04-12-13
    Rina A. Stein Wooster, OH 04-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Loved this book and narrator!"
    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    The story was so well written and insightful. I thought it was well edited with no spare parts. I enjoyed the development of the characters and how I came to appreciate them.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful tone of voice and no over acting.


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

    Yes! I couldn't make it, but it had my interest from the very beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing Matthew....I will be waiting for the next book.

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    bonnie MAGNOLIA, TEXAS, United States 04-08-13
    bonnie MAGNOLIA, TEXAS, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved every single second of this book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silver Linings Playbook the most enjoyable?

    That the author allowed the characters to be deep and real- they said and did appalling things, and he wasnt worried about giving them redeeming qualities. I really appreciated how conniving he allowed Tiffany to be and how cold-hearted and ruthless the dad was. It just made the story so believable. And allowing us into Pat's thoughts, showing how logical and calculating he was- made him seem like he was not ill. I though the subject matter of mental illness was very interesting. I would have also enjoyed a perspective from Nikki's side.


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

    The line that Pat keeps repeating, (when he CHOOSES not to do what comes naturally, but to do what he thinks Nikki would be proud of)

    "...because I'm practicing being kind instead of right."

    It has really stuck with me because seriously, I need to practice it too!


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

    No, first one


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    Donna San Francisco, CA 04-08-13
    Donna San Francisco, CA 04-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I love books but dont have time to read them as much anymore. Listening to Audibles since Day One I've been become an addict...I love books that are mainstream popular, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. I'll usually pick my books by reviews. Come check out my reviews to find your next favorite audible!

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    "I havent seen the movie...yet"

    I wanted to see the movie, but i figured i should try out the book first before i get into the movie. The book is really about two messed up people, but you dont really find out why they are messed up til the ending. They really connect because they are kind of in the same type of living arrangement.... living with their parents, seeing shrinks and they have a lot of free time to hang around each other. In the end, its kind of like a messed up love story but they get together and the main character Pat finally sees Tiffany as she really is.

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    january huntersville, NC, United States 04-07-13
    january huntersville, NC, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I've never said this before, but..."

    ...the movie was better.

    Immediately after watching the movie, I got on Audible to buy the book. Most of the reviews I read said the book was so much richer and more detailed than the movie. I couldn't wait to listen to it. But I found that I didn't like it as much. First, anything is better with Bradley Cooper. Second, the characters were so much harder to like in the book, especially the father and Tiffany.

    I'm not at all disappointed that I listened to the book, though. I'm not saying it was in any way bad. Just not as good as the movie. And the narrator did a fantastic job.

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    Debbie LONGVIEW, WA, US 04-05-13
    Debbie LONGVIEW, WA, US 04-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely worth reading/listening."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the most engaging, colorful, stories I have read (well listened to) in a long time. Definitely held my attention and I wish it was longer. I drive one and half hours each way to work and listen to audio books over my radio; I finished this in two days because I drove around just to finish the story. This books captured a family struggling with issues that most of us can relate to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pat who bared his soul in this novel. Even though it was fiction, you felt his pain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A lot to choose from but would have to be the end scene when Pat receives his present from Tiffany.


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

    Perfect name, stupid question.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, you won't regret it.

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