The experiences in this story seem so real that it seemed like they were taken from real life. I think the narrator did an amazing job.
I don't know if Noah Galvin is a teenager or not. He tells this story like he lived it.
I'm new to Audio-books and already hooked.
... not an easy road for any of us. I liked this book. Made me sad, yet comforted.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I've never read the print version but I can say with honesty, the the audio edition of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was meant to be listened to for human understanding, in its truest form.
The most memorable moments of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock was the attempt of Herr Silverman to take his cell phone number and give it to Leonard. Leonard thought that he did not have any reason that he would need the number but he did put it in his pants pocket so that Herr Silverman would take his hand away that held the piece of paper. Another memorable moment was when Linda, what Leonard called his mother, came home from New York and with hands on her hips, yelled, I drove two hours to come home and I had twelve meetings that I had to cancel, so you had better have a dam good reason for me being here. I'm "listening," Leonard. You see, Leonard lived in New Jersey while his mother lived in New York as a designer and rarely came home. His father had fled the country for tax evasion and had never been heard from since. There are very memorable moments throughout the novel and I would say it's a must listen for everyone. The couple of moments I wrote about, when put into the context of Leonard's life, are powerful.
Noah Galvin did a great job with all of his characters, implementing all the variations of feelings. However, Leonard was my favorite.
The moment that moved me was when Leonard took the time and went back over his adolescence. He took the time to actually put all the puzzle pieces together. He finally knew, without question, that he was not responsible for what had happened to make him want to commit suicide. Acceptance that this was really the truth would take time but I think, that Leonard would eventually understand the real truth.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is only six hours in length which I read in one sitting. It was a poignant novel that did not require more or less time, all that needed to be said was said. I know that Leonard will one day have a wife and a daughter named, S. He will hold his head high and no longer think he has to ask for forgiveness because there was not anything that he needed to be forgiven for.
Love to write, love to read, love a great story
One of the best
The big reveal of the character's main motivation
Noah Galvin gave Leonard just the right amount of naivete and depth. It was enchanting
I actually pulled the car over so I could listen to the ending.
This book was thoughtful and enchanting. Leonard was so sweet and wounded I wanted to go out and hug every lost teenager I see. But that would be creepy.
Noah Galvin made a good really story GREAT. Loved his voice which made me laugh and cry.
This is a simple story of a troubled youth who is different and considering drastic measures. The plot has some parallels with "Ordinary People", but is far more riveting. All of the characters are extreme, yet they all remind us of people we know. The narration is among the best I've heard. If you are not moved by this story, you have no heart.
poignant, well-written, gripping
so many but I particularly enjoyed his time with Walt
pancake breakfast with his mother
I would give this 4.5 stars if I could. Leonard is a wonderful, interesting character. His view of life and people is touching and, at times, comical. I'm a 60+ attorney, grandma and avid reader. I don't have much free time so I am pretty particular about books I bother to write reviews about but this one was really hard to put this down. beautifully written. If you liked Goldfinch, you'll enjoy this.
I read Silver Linings and this was a total surprise. It was so sad, but at the same time AMAZING and CRAZY and sometimes even FUN. The book description does not do the story justice.
Leonard Peacock tells us he plans to murder a classmate then off himself. So, naturally any listener goes in to such a story hoping that the end, well, pays off. If he does it, let me understand and feel some kind of resolve and not come out on the other end of these six hours with a bleaker, more cynical view of the world. 'Cause I don't need help with that, thank you. Or, okay, if he doesn't go through with it, let me not feel cheated by the premise of this story or feel the author side-stepped the seriousness of the material.
I will tell you that I had to stop my world for that last two hours to listen to the ending. I will also tell you, without giving anything away, the ending truly is the thing here. As the tale spooled out I had a fairly good idea of where the author would finally wrap the story up. After all, the whole novel's premise is this idea that we are building up to the murder and the suicide, but Matthew Quick seemed to have more to tell. It is because of the last few chapters that I feel especially privileged to have experienced this book.
Matthew Quick treats the subject and his characters with gravity and affection and does not compromise reality to deliver a neat and tidy ending, and I did find my eyes welling up in the end.
What a wonderfully complex and fascinating character is Mr. Peacock.
Finally, I must once again sing the praises of Noah Galvin, who I Googled after thoroughly enjoying his narration of 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower.' They young man is a theater actor which explains why both readings are so engaging. He really performs the book- almost like a monologue, fully inhabiting the character. With some material that kind of reading would be unwelcome and maybe even limiting to the listener's imagination. But here again, in a first person narrative, Galvin's conversational style is totally enthralling and 100% convincing. I would even go so far as put his performance up there with the likes of Jim Dale who expertly gave- in a different way- a new experience to millions of Harry Potter fans.
I will be listening to more from both Quick and Galvin.
I've never read Matthew Quick before, and this is not the sort of book I would normally pick up. I've no idea what made me buy it, but I am very glad I did. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's not an easy or comfortable book, but it is a compelling one.
The main character is very much alive. My heart ached for his pain at the same time I smiled at my own remembered teen melodrama and anomie. That's not to say that Leonard is your average teen with only an average teen's problems. He's not. However the more mundane teenagian tangents in the book are what makes him come alive.
I cannot say enough good things about the narration of this book. Noah Galvin does an amazing job, so much so that I can't imagine this book being read by anyone else. Just the right amount of bite, pain, anger, and passion in every phrase.
Get this and read it. It's a wonderful book.