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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

Critic Reviews

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

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Pleasantly surprised

Expecting more of a sports-themed story, I found that the characters pulled me in and left me with no need for heavier sports references. This story was just right.

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Way Better than the Movie

What made the experience of listening to The Silver Linings Playbook the most enjoyable?

A realistic recovery during a battle with mental illness. While the movie plays up the love story, it takes a back seat in the book and you get to learn more about Pat's issues and how he copes and learns.

What did you like best about this story?

The silver lining

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Pat Peeples Jr.

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

Pat. I share certain traits

Any additional comments?

I actually saw the movie first and thought it was OK. Read the book recently and LOVED it. So I went back and watched the movie to see if maybe my memories were just off. The movie portrays a story so very different than the book that it makes me really sad. Many of the characters have lost their trademarks or their influence in Pat's life is vastly underscored.

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Wow what a suprise!

such an amazing book! I thought it was a sappy love story but it is not! such a wonderful.perspextive on psycholoigal pain. I am so glad I read this.

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Double review

Book - 3.5/ Movie - 5/ Total review = 4 stars

It wasn't the football that annoyed me, just why did it have to be the Eagles. I loved the book, don't get me wrong, but the obsession with Nikki went too far for me. Plus, the friendship with Tiffany? Throughout the book it seemed like there wasn't much of a friendship really. All in all though I would recommend it. (Oh, and I loved the Asian invasion!) I won't say the movie is better because in this rare case it's comparing apples to oranges, but it crushed my heart and made me happy at the same time. These two actors have great chemistry and I can never pass on a movie with De Niro. So do both book and movie.

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Ray Porter is a fantastic narrator!

I loved this book! I have never seen the movie- only clips on YouTube. The book seems like it is much better than the movie. Pat and Tiffany are truly authentic characters, and Ray Porter does an amazing job bringing them to life. I really enjoyed being on the journey with Pat as he came to understand himself and his illness.

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Loved this book!

I have loved this movie since it was released, now that I have heard the book- it is even more endearing. I think it is a great book for people who are struggling or know someone battling depression and mental illness. I would recommend it to anyone over 16!

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Good his been

History been keep from race love been good come most August local area years focus

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Better than the movie!

What made the experience of listening to The Silver Linings Playbook the most enjoyable?

The story is constantly going and does not have dull moments. The change of voices helped keep my attention as well.

What did you like best about this story?

How it validated that rituals are therapeutic for a tramatized mind and the different views of PTSD and other mental illnesses that are not normally written about.

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

The expression of the characters.

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

Pat's mom. She seems like an amazing woman who has worked so hard to keep her family together and happy. No one wants to hear her point of view or her story and I would love to listen to it.

Any additional comments?

As a student in the psychological field, I appreciated the different perspective on the therapist / client relationship. I liked how he didn't remember the incident that put him in the "bad place" until the end. Whereas in the movie, it reveals that immediately. The book gives a better understanding and perspective on Dissociative Amnesia and also many different factors of PTSD that is generally not spoken of.

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Inspiring

Such an inspiring story about a serious issue. Laughed and cried as the story unfolded

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Ray Porter is magical

Normally I would avoid a book with so much family conflict but listening to it read exactly as I imagined it should be made such a difference. I loved the repeated Eagles cheer and detail every time of how they make the letters with their bodies. I can practically sing the fight song now and I'm not a football fan. The underlying themes that run through Pat's self talk are so realistic and rational, I agreed more with him than most non-medicated people. I liked the mantras and all of the imperfections the characters had. I did laugh but it is in no way a comedy. It's a well told story of someone lucky enough to have figured some things out.

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