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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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Edgy in a nice way

If you could sum up The Silver Linings Playbook in three words, what would they be?

Silver Linings Playbook the right partner is finding a person that you can understand and relate to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pat & Tiffany also the dad - infact there is no character in this book that you can't fall in love with except for Nikki :-)

Which scene was your favorite?

Mom dealing with the dad.
The indian's fighting for their spot in the parking lot and then how they all become friends.

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

This book made be laugh more than cry since what ever Pat is going through seems very normal.

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Perfect!

Would you listen to The Silver Linings Playbook again? Why?

I would definitely listen to Silver Linings Playbook again. There was so much detail and interesting characters.

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

I would compare Silver Linings Playbook to Life of Pi because of the detail.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene from the football games.

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

Pat. I would just love to hear his thoughts and see his reactions to things.

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  • RL
  • 05-17-13

Great book, great narrator!

Would you listen to The Silver Linings Playbook again? Why?

Absolutely and I can't wait to see the movie!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think the therapist is awesome.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably Pat waking up to Kenny G standing in front of him.

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Great 1st novel - Movie not so much

The Silver Linings Playbook is Matthew Quick's stellar debut novel. The story is told by the main character Pat Peoples, as he releases from the ‘the bad place’ (neural health facility) in the care of his emotional Mother and remote Father. Pat believes in silver linings; that his life is a movie produced by God, he is extremely focus on recreating himself by becoming physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki, ending their “a part time”. Into his life comes Tiffany; a tragically over sexed clinically depressed widowed with a rather demanding condition, to act as a liaison between him and Nikki …needless to say, things don't go quite as she expects. The characters are complex, flawed and a little bit crazy.

The Silver Linings Playbook will warm your heart, make you chuckle and may bring a tear to your eye.

After reading the book I rented the movie and was sadly disappointed - I would give it 3 stars – I felt the movie was jumpy and hard to follow, way too much yelling in amongst the characters, the changed quite a lot of the story line. Too bad Hollywood ruined story. They left some of the best parts of the story out.

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  • Hsunchi
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 05-16-13

good story, make me cry

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

yes.

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

when Pey's mom told him that she will never leave him. i'm so touched.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

i like.

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

i'm very touched.

Any additional comments?

I'm so touched by his Mom's love.

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  • Sara
  • READS LANDING, MN, United States
  • 05-15-13

Great book!!

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

I would absolutely recommend this to a friend, many friends, in fact! I truly enjoyed the narration and story! I had wanted to see the film prior to listening to the book, but now I am not so sure as I do not want to be disappointed.

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

Hmmmm, I'm not sure that I would compare it to anything I have read, I mean it is a narritive and follows someone's journy, so I guess that makes it like many books I have read, but I really thought this story stood on it's own!

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

His narritive really felt real, like it was the main character talking and most of the book felt like we, the listener/reader was privy to his inner most thoughts and feelings.

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

It made me laugh and cry!! There is just enough humor and tenderness to keep the pages turning!

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SPECTACULAR AUDIBLE EXPERIENCE.,BETTER THAN MOVIE

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

THE ABILITY TO RELY ON MY IMAGINATION. WAS A WONDERFUL CHANGE OF VENUE. READERS VOICE WAS VERY EFFECTIVE AND PLEASANT WHEN HE CHANGED TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE. ESP...THE ASIAN INVASION.

What did you like best about this story?

THE HONESTY OF THE 2 LEAD CHARACTERS COMPLEX LIVES AND HOW THEY INTERWOVE WITH EACH OTHER. LOVED PAT AND TIFFANY.

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

IMAGINATION, EXCITEMENT, ANTICIPATION WITH THE REAL ABILITY TO RELAX AND SIMPLY LISTEN TO A WONDERFUL BOOK.,WITHOUT EYE STRAIN.

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

WHAT YOU THINK IS DESTINY, MAY BE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED.

Any additional comments?

LOVE,LOVE,LOVE THIS EXPERIENCE. WILL CONTINUE EAGERLY TO BUILD MY LIBRARY. THANK YOU!

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Always better than the movie!

This is a great read, or listen. The book gives you lots that the movie doesn't. I really enjoyed it!

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Nothing Like the Movie

This is one of those few times where the book is not necessarily better than the movie. From everyone I've talked to who have experienced both, you'll will probably like whichever one you saw or read first. I absolutely loved the movie, so I was disappointed to see how different the book is. Major plot lines are completely different. With that being said, the book was still a great listen. It was significantly darker and sadder than the movie, but still had moments that had me laughing. The narrator was fantastic in his portrayal of Pat Peeples, but did seem to have trouble with female voices. Overall, I would recommend this Audible book and really enjoyed it once I stopped comparing it to the movie.

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  • EJT
  • CT
  • 05-10-13

Love LOVE LOVE

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

Absolutely

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

The dance performance

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Great!

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

Yes. And I could not wait to get back to listening. Very sad when it ended

Any additional comments?

Soooooooo Goooood!