The Silver Linings Playbook is the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife’s betrayal, an enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.
During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. The problem is that Pat is now home, living with his parents, and everything seems off; no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.
When Pat meets the tragically widowed, physically fit, and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, but only if he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their “contract.” All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.
In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat’s mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way.
Such a great book, absolutely loved it. However, the narrator for this audiobook uses basically no expression. I'd recommend reading the actual book.
The Silver Lining Playbook
When a audible book makes you late for work because you sat in the parking lot waiting for a chapter to end you know it is a winner. I almost didn't buy it because the way an audio book is narrated can make or break a five star story. There were lots of negative comments on the narrator. I found the innocent slow narration of Pat's thoughts so endearing. I felt his story and those of each of the other character. I am not a football fan but I found the games, pre games and post games dramas highly entertaining. Buy it!
I wished it would have been better...
I was so looking forward to listening to this audiobook but I came away a little disappointed. Maybe it was the monotone reading of the narrator. I agree this style of narrating may have been to portray the effect of an emotionally wounded man but it didn't do it for me. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie… I hope it doesn't disappoint too.