The Silver Linings Playbook

  • by Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining.
Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat’s parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they’ve been keeping from him threaten to come out.


What the Critics Say

”Utterly original and a real word-of-mouth classic” (Easy Living)
”A delightful debut . . . a smart, touching, quirky read.” (Scotland on Sunday)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautifully disturbing

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

I chose this book because I'd seen the film advertised. However, I hadn't seen a synopsis or looked into what the book was about. I was pleasantly surprised that it was incredibly complex and covered mental illness in such an honest and imposing way.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the characters, especially the portrayal of Pat and Pat Snr. The issue of mental illness and how it affects those around the sufferers was stark and unapologetic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

One part which stuck out for me was when Pat went to the beach and the situation turned sour when a seemingly innocent act is viewed through the eyes of a protective mum. The reactions of both Pat and Tiffany are moving.

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- Sam

Great novel even after seeing the film

I came to this having seen the film first. The film is excellent, and I am glad I saw it first because the book is *better*. The characters have a depth to them far surpassing that in the film, and the story deviates enough that most scenes do not have a film equivalent to spoil it. On the other hand, it was tough to get Jennifer Lawrence's face out of my mind while reading; but then, she made for an excellent Tiffany and there is no harm done.

I normally dislike reading the novel behind a film I loved; however, on this occasion the literature stands apart, and it is excellent.
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2013
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd