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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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Good book about coping and mental illness.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It sometimes got jarring to me when the character repeated things over and over. Sometimes I was afraid the audible version was stuck. I imagine reading the book would not have had this problem.<br/>

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

To know what mental illness feels like from the insider view. It also was the most frustrating because you realized his assumptions were false and you just wanted to squeeze him and tell him to forget Nikki! <br/><br/>I also enjoyed his take on all the classic books he read and how for the most part they were pretty depressing.<br/><br/>I thought the book good, but their were so many things going on that the story didn't handle well. His father was such a big fat jerk that I wanted some closure on him that never came.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It was adequate, not outstanding. I didn't like the narrators women's voices very much.

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

It could have another book, but I don't think I would read it. The first one wasn't that good. I haven't seen the movie, but normally a book is better than the movie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved this audio book!

I will never think of Kenny G in the same way after listening to this book. I was sad when it ended because now Pat, his mom, Cliff & the Asian Invasion won't be riding with me to and from work any longer. What a great story & characters. The narrator did a great job with Pat and the other characters, especially Cliff. I will watch the movie now and probably listen to this book again in the future. One time will not be enough for me which is my measure of a great book.

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  • Jay
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 06-30-13

Great Book

The chapter with the endless, whiny and wimpy letters to Nikki made me want to puke. Otherwise, loved it.

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  • Jo
  • BOONE, IA, United States
  • 06-26-13

Excellent Narration

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

His accents and dialects, especially in the male characters, are perfectly nuanced. I would swear his Dr. Patel is a an Indian man speaking and the characters of Jake and Pat's father are very authentic Philly accents and voices.

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

I love Pat, inside and out.

Any additional comments?

Haven't seen the movie yet, but am looking forward to it.

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More than a happy ending

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

For this particular book I would have preferred the print version simply because I did not enjoy the performance by the narrator. Overall, I don't think the story would change much but there were areas when I felt the performance detracted from the mood of the novel and almost ruined key moments.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It is difficult to choose a favorite character in this book. Since it is written mostly from Pat's perspective, his character is the one in which you have the most interaction. His quest to improve himself is interesting and heartbreaking at times. I think many readers can identify with his self-doubt and anger.

How could the performance have been better?

When reading the female characters in the book, the narrator tried to use a more feminine voice. It was distracting and pulled focus from the scene being set, minimalizing the emotional reaction that could have been elicited from the reader. I would not choose a book by Mr. Porter in the future.

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

There was more than one point in the book that brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. Matthew Quick wrote a great story in which he should be proud.

Any additional comments?

I saw the movie before reading the book, which is something I hate to do (and do not do if I know about the book first). The book is very different from the movie, but it stands completely on its own. It has depth in areas that the movie lacks. The movie reveals many of the books secrets early and without much emotional impact. I usually would say I like a book much more than the movie (in rare instances this is not true), but in this instance I would say that the journeys were so different that each can stand completely on their own.My major problem with the audio book was the narrator and his interpretation of female characters.

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What a great book! So much better than the movie!

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

I think that the audio version is great and helps bring the book to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The authors ability to have a sense of humor regarding such a serious subject and allow the reader to experience what the families and friends have to cope with.

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

I think that he made the characters come to life

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

The Meaning of Time

Any additional comments?

The book was absolutely fantastic compared to the movie. The characters were real and not some Hollywood feel good interpretation. It shows you that people are still uncomfortable dealing with the mentally ill even though it's 2013!

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I was pretty surprised to have enjoyed this one..

I didn't know anything about this book until the movie came out, but I hadn't yet seen the movie when I decided to listen to the audiobook. I did so based on some of the reviews, but I didn't have real high hopes for it, since it appeared to be the typical quirky romantic chick flick story, albeit with a little twist (mental illness).

I was wrong. I loved it. It was sweet, but tragic, it didn't wrap things up too neatly in the end to be believable, but it did give you an ending you were happy with. It was funny, but sad. Crazy, but kind of normal. I loved the main character, and the narrator was excellent. The only thing I might change is that he had a tendency to occasionally speak in a more childish voice than I would have liked, when it comes to the main characters delusional thought processes, as if being bipolar makes you borderline retarded or something. Other than that, it was perfect.

I watched the movie afterwards, and though it did have a few major differences from the book, it was still a decent movie. I will almost always choose the book over a movie, though, and that was definitely the case here. I might actually even listen to this one again, at some point.

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Watched the movie, then read the book...WORTH IT

I was a little concerned when I purchased Silver Linings Playbook that it would track the movie directly, such that there would be very little point to reading it. My suspicions seemed confirmed for the first hour or so of the book. After that, it became clear that these characters are NOT the same as in the film, and the nuances of Pat's mental illness are much better described than they are in the film. You feel connected to him and his "silver lining" in a way the movie was never able to get across.

The first-person style of Silver Linings reminds me of a grown-up version of Perks of Being a Wallflower. The protagonist's voice is full of childlike emotion. Pat's matter-of-fact way of describing the chaotic events in his life is jarring and disorienting at times, but it makes the entire experience real. Each time Pat says, "I felt," "I thought," "I said," you become more and more invested in his quest.

The narrator of this audiobook is one of the best I've ever heard. It's the little things that count - emphasizing the words "Stomach-Master 6000" every time, the way he recites the "montage" scene, the way he gives each character depth and his or her own voice. I especially like the portrayal of Tiffany. It's hard for a male narrator to accurately portray a female character, especially one so atypical.

Long story shot: if you've seen the movie, don't expect a book about dancing, or even a book about football (although Eagles football comes up on almost every page). Dancing is a small plot device that brings Pat and Tiffany together in a visceral, emotional way. The vast majority of the book is not about success, and not about failure, but about family and love and making oneself whole. The result is noting short of poignant.

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  • Todd
  • Grand Junction, CO, United States
  • 05-28-13

Better than the movie by far, reader was excellent

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

Absolutely. Loved the print version but thought Ray Porter's narration was just fantastic. He brought the book alive in ways that reading it just couldn't. It also brought the story alive in ways that the movie wasn't able to do as well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pat Peoples. His general attitude as he progresses through the story is just great. Matthew Quick did a great job crafting such an interesting main character. <br/>

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

The tones and emotions he conveyed brought the story alive for me. And, honestly, brought the story alive more than the movie adaption (which was great in its own right) I would tell anyone to read/listen to the book before seeing the movie, or, if you loved the movie, I think you'll like Ray Porter's narration of the book that much more.

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

Pat Peoples because I think you'd end up having a fascinating discussion and as a Packer fan, I'm happy he doesn't remember the 4th and 26 disaster.

Any additional comments?

I agree with several reviews that say that this story just makes you smile at the end. And, in today's world, smiling at the end of a story is always a good thing. You owe it to yourself to read or listen to this book.

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Loved it!

Loved this book! It was hilarious, insightful, and sad...all at the same time. Although I don't think I suffer from a mental illness, I found it easy to relate to the main character as he went through all of the emotions of losing someone he loved.