Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I had no idea what to expect from this book and was very pleasantly surprised. Leonard Peacock is a young man we all can identify with, either from our own experiences or from someone we knew while we were in high school. With no family support whatsoever, he is struggling to come to terms with his self-worth and has some very big decisions to make, which will be either life-shattering or life-affirming. Join Leonard on his 18th birthday to see what happens. This book elicits a lot of different emotions--sadness, anger, frustration, and maybe even some joy. It is a story that will remain in my mind for a long while.
Excellent, believable narration adds to the experience.
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.
My rebellious spirit never allowed me to enjoy classics when I was in school, so I have some catching up to do... 😉
Never having been a fan of The Catcher in the Rye, I found this book mellow dramatic. That being said, I think a lot of angsty teens who are not sure where they fit in will identify with Leonard. The message of it came across as very open-ended, though, so don't expect many answers. But I liked that. It's not neatly wrapped and tied with a bow. My least favorite part (although it was funny) was the cliché description of Christians. I think the author was attempting to describe Baptists or Pentecostals but then he would describe them to sound like Catholic or Presbyterians or Methodists. It was confusing. But one thing is for sure, I have NEVER met Christians such as these. It was utterly ridiculous. However, if it was meant to come off as Leonard's Atheistic view of how they SEEMED after first meeting them, then I can possibly understand that. But I guess that wasn't the point - it was just confusing/funny/annoying so I thought I'd mention it. :)
I'd recommend it to select friends. It was a good and quick listen but the story line was deep and sad and even disturbing at points.
Yes, it was hard to find a place to stop because I wanted to know Leo's whole story and what his next moves would be.
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.