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  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

    L. Gutman says: "Required reading for humans"
    "Compelling performance"
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    If you could sum up Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant Troubled Youth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock?

    Leonard's elderly friend, Walt, watches Bogart movies endlessly. Leonard enjoys watching them with Walt and they develop a secret coded language made up entirely of quotes from Bogart movies. Leonard has a similar acquaintance with Shakespeare.


    Have you listened to any of Noah Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. And I worry that his voice will be forever linked to this amazing character. He is extraordinary; versatile, clear, good pacing, and - given this amazing text - full of surprises; twists and turns.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I had to make a long drive up the California central coast and actually pulled over at Bean Hollow Beach to lengthen the trip. It was at that moment that the gun jammed or refused to fire. Spellbinding.


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect that I am not the target audience for this book. I am late middle age, female, and have no children. Regardless. The character is fascinating, fresh, surprising at every turn, sympathetic, lovely actually. I think Herr Silverman's suggestions to write letters from the future is a thoughtful exercise and, in this case, life saving. Loved the book and the reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (937)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Riveting/Boring all at once"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier ?

    Yes I would. James Pattersons books are always brisk and the Alex Cross character is like family. Andre Braugher is especially nice; and Mr. Grenier is has so much breadth of character(s). This is the first audio book that I have listened to that had sound affects. I'm not sure about that. Seems like the writing and the narration ought to create the mood without background noise. In general, I found that distracting.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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