Audiobook Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Silver Linings PlaybookTitle: The Silver Linings Playbook

Author: Matthew Quick

Narrator: Ray Porter

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books (paperback movie tie-in edition)

Release Date: October 16th, 2012 (paperback movie tie-in edition)

Interest: Author / Adult Fiction / Book-to-movie

Source: Audiobook purchased via Audible

Summary (From Goodreads):

A HEARTWARMING DEBUT NOVEL, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!

In this enchanting novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”

Audiobook Review: I’ll be honest, I wasn’t so sure about Ray Porter as a narrator when I first started listening to The Silver Linings Playbook, but I’m glad I gave it a little time because I ended up really enjoying his narration.  He’s a really lively narrator, especially during parts when Pat and his family are chanting the Eagle chant.  Although I will admit that hearing it over and over again was a little annoying. I had to turn down the volume when I was getting ready in the morning so it wouldn’t wake up my husband!  I appreciate it though because it added life to the story.  Ray Porter’s depiction of Nikki could have been better; his female voices sounded a little off.  I was able to tell, however, when he switched from character to character.

Book Review: Matthew Quick’s stories are incredibly enjoyable.  I can’t relate to what Pat has gone through, but I can understand how he feels and empathize with him.  He’s lost and has dealt with a horrible circumstance that he can’t come to grips with, but he wants to be a better person.  Throughout the book I was trying to figure out what happened between him and Nikki.  Parts of this story are really heart-breaking and other parts are laughable and heart-warming.  It’s a very well-rounded story.

The supporting characters are just as well-written as Pat.  Tiffany is just as flawed as Pat, but she means well and is a positive influence on him.  I love their scenes together and how Pat changes as he spends more time with her.  His psychologist is so funny and really good for Pat.  He’s patient and kind and ends up being a good friend.  I even enjoyed Pat’s family and friends.  Matthew Quick really knows how to flesh out a story.

I went to see the movie after finishing this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Quite a few parts of the story were changed, especially the dance sequence between Pat and Tiffany, but it all worked.  I enjoyed the book more, of course, but I wasn’t angry about the changes like I usually am when I watch a movie based on a book.

Even though The Silver Linings Playbook is written for adults, I feel comfortable adding it to my class library.  The language and the themes are the most adult parts of the novel.  Sex is discussed, but there aren’t any actual sex scenes, at least any that I can remember.

Matthew Quick is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  I definitely recommend reading The Silver Linings Playbook.

Comments

  1. I’m a huge fan of this movie!!! Such a great story. I may have to pick up the book as well.

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