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review 2019-06-10 09:54
Wow
Anstand - Matthew Quick

Inhaltsangabe

Er liebt sein Land, das er nicht mehr versteht. Er hasst die Liberalen. Er schläft nicht ohne seine Waffen. Er ist das Gegenteil von politisch korrekt. Er liebt seine Enkelin Ella über alles. Er hat einen Gehirntumor, für den er das Agent Orange aus dem Vietnamkrieg verantwortlich macht. Er überlebt die Operation. Er nimmt die letzte Chance wahr, sich mit seiner Vergangenheit, seinem Sohn und seinem Erzfeind aus dem Krieg, Clayton Fire Bear auszusöhnen.

Er heißt David Granger, 68 Jahre, Vietnamveteran.

Er ist: Ein Mann mit Anstand. 

 

Meine Meinung 

Diese Story hatte ich damals ganz schnell ins Auge gefasst, dann ist sie jedoch ziemlich schnell wieder in Vergessenheit geraten. Als ich bei Spotify auf das Hörbuch gestoßen bin, dachte ich mir, das ist ein Zeichen, nun wird es Zeit.

 

Warum mir die Story ins Auge fiel?

Ich mag das Cover unheimlich gern! Manche sagen, es ist nichtssagend, ich finde es sehr ausdrucksstark. Zu dem interessieren mich Geschichten um Kriegsveteranen sehr.

 

David Granger’s Geschichte wird hier kontinuierlich von Volker Lechtenbrink erzählt, als ob der Mann direkt neben dir sitzt. Da ich das Hörbuch ausschließlich beim Auto fahren gehört habe, saß David bei jeder Fahrt neben mir und hat von sich erzählt. Erzählerisch war das ganz großes Kino!

 

Anfänglich konnte mich David natürlich mit den Geschichten aus dem Dschungel in Vietnam fesseln. Er nimmt beim Erzählen kein Blatt vor den Mund und sagt frei heraus, wie es ist.

 

„Mit Männern, die gute Weine verkosten, kommst du nicht wieder lebend aus dem Dschungel raus.“ (Kapitel 3)

 

Und dann bleiben diese Begegnungen in Erinnerung, egal ob es hier um den Kambodschaner Tao oder um Bullshit geht. Mein Herz war erweicht.

Zu dem punktet der Autor mit Themen, wie zum Beispiel das Agent Orange, da habe ich im Nachhinein tatsächlich sehr viel nachgelesen.

 

„Das lernt man übrigens im Dschungel.

Du schläfst, aber du schläfst nie wirklich.“ (Kapitel 22)

 

Neben den Erzählungen aus der Kriegszeit, erzählt David Granger aus seinem Leben. Von seinem liberalen Sohn Hank, seiner verhassten Schwiegertochter Femke und der geliebten Enkelin Ella. Die Beziehung zu seinem Sohn war vor allem interessant zu verfolgen, denn hier lag einiges im Argen, aber David nimmt sein Leben und auch das einiger anderer in die Hand.

 

„Jeder, der den Dschungel in Vietnam überlebt hat, kennt sich mit dem Tod aus.

Ich kenne den Scheißkerl besser, als du dich selbst kennst.“ (Kapitel 7)

 

Wunderschön zu verfolgen, war sein Verhältnis zur kleinen Ella.

Denn ja, David hat auch eine weiche Seite.

 

Ich könnte ewig aus seinem Leben erzählen, aber das würde einfach zu viel vorwegnehmen. Hört oder lest selbst, über welche menschlichen Begegnungen und Hürden David noch erzählt.

 

„Nur die Guten sterben jung und ich hatte böse gelebt.“ (Kapitel 5)

 

Ich brauche bei Büchern nicht immer ein besonderes oder schönes Ende.

Das, welches hier auf mich wartete, gefiel mir super und bringt die Geschichte zu einem krönenden Abschluss.

 

Mein Fazit

Für mich war „Anstand“ tatsächlich einer der besten Hörbücher, die ich bis dato gehört habe. Mich konnte sowohl der Protagonist, als auch die gesamte Story um ihn herum packen. Der Sprecher macht diese Geschichte zu einem Hörgenuss und das Hörbuch vereint Ernst mit Humor.

Meiner Meinung nach hätte man nichts besser machen können.

Absolute Hörempfehlung!

 

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review 2019-03-01 01:07
3.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel - Matthew Quick,Inc. Blackstone Audio, Inc.,Darwin Porter

 

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Mental Health
Contemporary Adult Fiction
Dysfunctional Family
Love & Other Stuff
Lots of Football
 
 

With Audio Performed by Ray Potter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
I wasn't going to read/listen to this, at least not until Audible offered it for free around Christmas.  Since I've already seen the movie (but found myself not remembering too much about it) I didn't really know if I wanted to even listen to this...but a reading challenge (Snakes & Ladders) gave me the push to finally do so.  It's wasn't too difficult to get into this, despite the numerous football references and shenanigans, I still liked the story overall.  I've never really gotten into reading any classic literature and the varied references to them in this were insightful and helped to reassure me that I probably not missing out.

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3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 3.7/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 3/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 3/5
Pacing⇝ 3.8/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3.8/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Movie Cover...
Setting⇝ Philadelphia, PA
Source⇝ Own Audible Audio
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Kindle eBook | Audio

Add to Goodreads | Add to Booklikes 



Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.



 

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text 2018-04-30 16:10
April Re-cap
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook - Christina Henry,Samuel Roukin
Asking for it - Louise T. O'Neill
Crushed - Eliza Crewe
Sorta Like a Rock Star - Matthew Quick
Unraveled (Perfected) - Kate Jarvik Birch
Retribution Rails - Erin Bowman
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
End of Days - Susan Ee
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier
Pines - Blake Crouch

 

 

I usually can finish about nine to ten books a month, but this month I've read/listened to fourteen. It's amazing how many books I can get through when I'm not working.  I'm currently on medical leave due to the foot surgery that I had on March 20th.  I should be off until the middle of June...so hopefully, I'll have at least a couple more good reading months.

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Lost Boy: The True Story of Captian Hook by Christina Henry

Finish Date:  04/02

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

Finish Date:  04/04

4.3STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Kindle eBook) Crushed by Eliza Crewe

Finish Date:  04/04

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Sorta Like A Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Finish Date:  04/07

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Netgalley eARC) Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

Finish Date:  04/08

3.8STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Finish Date:  04/11

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Hardcover/Kindle eBook) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  04/14

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

(Re-read Audiobook) End Of Days by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  04/17

4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Netgalley eARC) Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Finish Date:  04/17

2STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) Pines by Blake Crouch

Finish Date:  04/20

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Finish Date:  04/24

3.2STARS - GRADE=C+

 

(Audiobook) Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  04/26

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

Finish Date:  04/28

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(eBook) Odd & Tru by Cat Winters

Finish Date:  04/29

☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

 

14 Books Total, 9 of those are Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley eARC's & 1 combo hardcover/eBook.

For a total of 4,907 Pages (including Audio).

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-04-08 17:25
3.7 Out Of 5 "tragically hip" Stars
Sorta Like A Rock Star - Matthew Quick

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Sorta Like A Rock Star

Matthew Quick

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Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism—and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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At first, Amber Appleton annoyed me quite a bit.  She is tragically hip, saying words like True and Word constantly.  Maybe, in 2015 when this was published, she might come off as less annoying, but somehow I doubt it. I was poised to give this something like a 2-2 and 12 Stars, and then somewhere along the way, she started to get to me.  Somehow, she burrowed her way under my skin.  I even shed a tear or two.  Seriously.  Of course, I could just be feeling sorry for myself, I just had surgery, after all, and I can't do much right now.

 

Ultimately, the message or the tone of this book came through to me, despite all the religious references (for the most part they were referenced in a non-preachy way).  Granted, it's has a sappy "ABC After School Special" feel to it, but for the right audience…

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ ☆4☆ She's definitely perky…but she didn't pull those "Word" and "True's" off to well.

Setting~ IDK

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-01-01 12:52
Its Not About Happy Endings But What We Want In Closure...
The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick

Truth - I had watched the movie version first and I do find it oddly attracted to the movie in many ways (the performance, the story, the theme) that I truly enjoy it a lot. What I did not was reading the book first. I had this with me for a year over now and last month, I decided (based on a mention) to read it and it was then, I never thought how honest this book turns out to be. There are many realistic themes about this book that makes it not just sad but emotional, troubled but relief and undeniable but real... because in reality, there are no happy endings. Just closure.

 

Pat Peoples was released from an institution he could not remember why he was there in the first place. At age 34, staying with his parents is the only way he could recuperate his mental health. With a football season starting, Pat has to improve himself physically and started reading books to return to his wife Nikki, so that his 'apart time' is over. He can't wait to go back to his wife until he befriends Tiffany, his friend's wife sister and the secrets they both block and keep together in their own way to come to terms with their hearts and mind.

 

Its not easy to write characters that are broken and in ways, how damage they become. I can relate a lot with Pat Peoples and most of all, people who do not understand him well. Much like how TiffanyPats and his family and friends, the joy and happiness and the opposite of it. The anger and opinions about the books Pat reads and how he needs help from people he never expect. Its what I believe why this book works because its real. For me - a real positive message is better than a hopeless positive message advice given and for a long time now, I never thought I would read a book that really hits it. Although the movie adaptation and the book had a lot of difference in terms of content, both in their own way is good except I like the book better.

 

My first 2018 book rated very highly because this book makes me feel in so many ways that I can say I loved it a lot and its one of my favorite reads. I would highly recommend to readers who doesn't believe happy endings are real but believe that we are all part of life to who wants to be happy but not in a Disney way.

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