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The Silver Linings Playbook Audiobook

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

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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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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-04-17
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-04-17 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "'Rosie Project' For Basket Cases"

    At first, for about the first few hours, this was a great listen--not just good, but GREAT. I was driving to work every day smiling, laughing out loud in traffic, thinking how great it was that I'd discovered a true comedic page-turner. This was as good as 'The Rosie Project,' I thought, and it did for mental patients/basket cases what 'Rosie' did for Aspies. I was getting ready to recommend the book to everyone, mentally preparing to order multiple copies to give away as gifts to friends and family.

    By hour four or five, though, I was beginning to feel differently. For one thing, I'm a big fan of the movie with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and in almost every respect--characterization, plot, dialogue, pacing--the screenplay for the film beats the book, hands down. The movie is not boring for a minute, but by the end of this book I'd been mostly bored for well over an hour. Characters were lacking; for example, the character of the father, played to such entertaining effect by Robert DeNiro in the cracklingly lively film, is deathly dull in the book, as evidenced by his never speaking. The book is also repetitive; in one section, the part where Pat and Tiffany are in training for the dance competition, the SAME EXACT PARAGRAPH actually gets repeated four or five whole different times. The first time, I thought it was a glitch in the recording. By the third time, I had caught on: it was a stylistic choice on the part of the author. (An unfortunate one.)

    But overall, I would still recommend the book--especially for anyone who is unfamiliar with the film and who likely won't have a chance to see the film. The narrator, the great Ray Porter (of Peter Clines' 14 and Oregon Shakespeare Festival fame) is terrific as always.

    Grade: B.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 09-01-13
    Kali Walnut Creek, CA 09-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "After the movie, worth a read?"

    “Life is hard, and children have to be told how hard life can be…So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind.” - Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

    After listening to the novel last year's popular movie was based on, I understand why other readers at Audible.com sing its praises from the mountaintops. The story’s protagonist and narrator, Pat, gains a lot of his charm through dry descriptions of his erratic behavior. The ease with which Pat explains his odd, compulsive actions and his simplistic outlook on life result in a very amusing read. I am not a laugh out loud person, which makes watching comedies slightly uncomfortable for me, but I did spontaneously laugh out loud a few times while listening to The Silver Linings Playbook.

    The novel is Pat’s tale – he stands out from a crowd of slightly flat supporting characters. In the movie, the character of Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) has been fleshed out and amped up to meet Pat (Bradley Cooper) at his level of charm. Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany steals the show in the film, and in the book Tiffany doesn’t have a few of her most memorable scenes.

    Another standout feature of the book was its portrayal of the joy of rituals surrounding Pat’s beloved football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. I am not a sports fan and I did just do a quick Google search to confirm that the Eagles are, in fact, a football team; however, this book made me understand and appreciate the sheer pleasure of rooting for a team with all your closest friends, yelling chants and getting hyped.

    Maybe predictable for the Hollywood version of any story, the movie feels a lot lighter than the book. Extra plot arcs are created to make the movie goer care a bit more. Although laden with humor, the subject matter here is at its core bleak – mental illness, family dysfunction, loss. The jokes based on Pat’s narration, clever and fresh at the beginning of the novel, felt stale by its end.

    Movies that are better than the book they are based on are rare birds – it takes a vivid, complicated movie to master a novel’s plot. Like Fight Club before it, I believe The Silver Linings Playbook has pulled off this feat. The book is charming and witty, but the movie reaches a higher level of creativity.

    Matthew Quick has written several books since The Silver Linings Playbook and they all sound worthy of a read.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    MRose Boston 02-02-16
    MRose Boston 02-02-16

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    "I want to read the book everyone else did"

    I do not see why so many people think this book is amazing. It was very boring and repetitive. I listened to it all the way through to see if anything good would happen, but I wanted to quit after the 4th chapter. I just did not enjoy it or find it inspirational.

    I gave the performace three stars. Although the reader was very clear, he spoke quietly when speaking for Tiffany or other women. I had to turn the volume all the way up in order to hear the soft spoken words.

    I tried to like it, but it just was not for me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-29-15
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2008

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Just shy of great"

    Matthew Quick Is a talented guy and I look forward to seeing great things from him. His first book has a lot of good things going for it. For some reason, Quick has been pigeon-holed as a writer for young adults. I can see how that fits, even though none of his characters are adolescents. His protagonist comes across as one, but more about that later. The key YA factors are the simple, direct story, and the accessible characters.

    If we weren't told that the protagonist is an adult (and that his issues involved some kind of marital rift), this could easily have been a troubled teen story. Pat has that kind of not-quite-ready-for-the-real-world quality that YA protagonists so often have. The nagging question that arises in the book (as it also did in the movie) is whether Pat is worthy of a partner like Tiffany. I will not say to what extent the book provides a satisfying answer to that.

    There were two notable weaknesses in the book. One is that it focused so much on Pat that the relationship with Tiffany never seemed to get convincing traction. The other is that the book seemed to lurch along from one segment to another; there was a certain lack of overall flow. It is kind of fascinating to see how the movie addressed those weaknesses and created a more integrated story. I'm not saying the movie was better; just that there were some structural improvements. There were things in the book I really enjoyed that I was sorry to see were not in the book. But there were also things that just would not have fit in the movie.

    I have probably devoted too much space to the weaknesses. It really was an enjoyable book. It struck all the right chords in the places that mattered.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-18-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-18-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    This story of a mentally ill man doesn't play true to the reality of mental illness, but it comes close. The distortions present can be so disturbing (an understatement). The ripple effect through a family can be so destructive. The difficulty to maintain relationships. All these and more make life with a mental illness, or a loved one with it, a challenge.

    Although this story simplified all of that and more, it does present the points. The father-son, brother-brother, marital relationships are all present with struggles. The ending was a little bit too much like "they all lived happily ever after" for me but it was a good ending for a novel.

    The narration was excellent.

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    annie haynes Carlsbad, CA United States 12-04-13
    annie haynes Carlsbad, CA United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An excellent novel..."

    I really enjoyed the movie and was curious about the book after a friend of mine told me how different it was. It was VERY different from the movie, but equally as good.

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    Lori 11-20-13
    Lori 11-20-13 Member Since 2015

    Working mom (HRMgr/healthcare) in western Michigan. INTJ. Red Vines. Disneyfreak.

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    "Breathtaking. Eye-opening. Grabs you."

    I ordered this without reading other reviews - a first for me. Loved the author's style, structure, character development, and story. I can't wait to see the movie now, but I have a feeling this will be one where I love the book better. I fell in love with the characters and the pacing was just perfect. Could not 'put it down'. Wonderful.

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    Trace Pages 08-26-13
    Trace Pages 08-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "There Are Silver Linings"
    Where does The Silver Linings Playbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks at 3.


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

    This audiobook was so different from anything else I have listened to it is hard to find a comparison. However, the closest similarity is Charles Martin "When Crickets Cry".


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I really liked his overall performance. He kept each character separate by slightly changing his tone and pitch. Porter made each character stand apart.


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

    I would take the main character Pat Peoples out to dinner. He was disconnected from reality to the point that he was willing to think his wife still loved him and wanted to be married to him. Through it all he saw the glass half full.


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    Victor 08-25-13
    Victor 08-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic Audiobook!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to many friends, because it's great. It must be listened to, because reading it will not be as fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the narrator best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes with the psychiatrist the best.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Silver Linings Playbook and why?

    The main character is the most memorable, because you get to hear what is going on in his head, which seems fairly normal.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book, don't read it, and don't go to see the movie first. The movie does not really represent the book accurately. The movie does a disservice to the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 08-22-13
    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2017

    Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.

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    "Give the Oscar to the Book - Forget the Movie!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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