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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Audiobook

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Teens, 2014

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was - that I couldn't stick around - and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.

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. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting audiobook, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made - and the light in us all that never goes out.

©2013 Matthew Quick (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    masonpamela@sprintmail.com Aromas, California on five acres 08-25-13
    masonpamela@sprintmail.com Aromas, California on five acres 08-25-13 Member Since 2008

    Country life, raising plants, hard working, love reading, wishing I had more time to read, aging, soon will have more time to read.

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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 10-14-13
    Trish Virginia 10-14-13 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Wonderful Story!!"

    I was hesitant to buy this book since I had mixed feelings about Silver Linings Playbook. But I did buy it, and am very glad I did!!

    This is a beautifully written story, and perfectly narrated. It is a young adult story, but still thoroughly enjoyable for adults (and I am old!!). I looked forward to returning each time I left it behind.

    Do yourself a favor and don't pass on this book--it is worth every penny (or credit!), and you will not be sorry!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 01-30-16

    One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope

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    "As popular as a waterlogged dog at a Sunday social"

    Lenny Peacock is a high schooler with a dreadful secret and a serious shortage of self-esteem. He's not a bad kid, but he's as popular as a waterlogged dog at a Sunday social. Today, he plans to murder a former friend and kill himself.

    I bought this short novel when it was on sale because I really enjoyed the author's Silver Linings Playbook. "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" is geared more toward teens. While I used to be one, and thus both appreciate and hate that place of awkwardness and angst, if magic made a time machine, I'd go back to 21, not 16.

    I should have read the signs, and known I would find this book mediocre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Greg D United States 09-28-15
    Greg D United States 09-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Really? No Ending?"
    If you could sum up Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in three words, what would they be?

    an amazing book that should have gotten all 5 stars from me but does't because the author decided that an ending was not necessary. What a shame...


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

    The whole entire book was memorable. Seriously a great book, but I think the most memorable moment was when he went to make the pancakes because his mother got too busy to do it for him.


    What about Noah Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Noah Galvin has the perfect voice for all books that are being narrated by a teen. In fact, I think that if you have a book that is narrated by a young man, it should be mandatory that Noah performs it. It's not just his voice that makes it so good, it's the way that dramatizes, but does not over do it.


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

    Yes, the end, when I realized that there was no ending to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Duno 07-03-15 Member Since 2015

    Gardener, Reader

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    "Well Written and Performed"

    Well written and performed. Didn't blow me away but had two or three moments that did pierce me emotionally.

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    Evey 05-31-15
    Evey 05-31-15
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    "This book saved me."

    If you want to kill yourself or self-harm, then I strongly suggest you read this book. It really helped me with to fight my depression and self-worth problems. There are some books that are just stories, not intended for anything but hearing. But this book wasn't just a book. Leonard's story really spoke to me in a way that I hadn't expected it to or experienced before. We see the world very similarly, and reading his story gave me hope. It really did. Even if you don't feel sad or angry all the time, this book can still help you learn/ understand the minds of others. Also. If you are different than this book might really resonate with you. This book taught me that it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, there is always something else to the story. And maybe some people are truly crazy. Insanity does exist. But so does confusion, anger, and messed up perception. Sometimes, being misunderstood can be the greatest destroyer. Misunderstanding and depression/self-hatred probably kill way more people than evil and contempt do. I want to leave you with a quote that really stuck with me, especially when I was feeling really down:

    "You're different. And I'm different too. Different is good. But different is hard. Believe me, I know."

    -Mathew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock)





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Hawkins 05-05-15
    F. Hawkins 05-05-15 Member Since 2008

    silentsun

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    If you liked Silver Linings Playbook, it's the same author, and the story involves a young guy with a mental problem. It's well told, well narrated. I wished it was longer

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    Thomas Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-26-15
    Thomas Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sad, compelling listen"
    Where does Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well above average, and that is a complement. Very thought provoking for a father of teenagers.


    What about Noah Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Performance was excellent. He was Leonard from the first sentence on. I could not possibly have imagined Leonard's voice any other way.


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

    So many - Leonard's letters from the future were masterful. Contrasted with the teen insanity of his birthday plans. Of course, Herr Silverman's wisdom imparted under the bridge is a blade of hope in a vast landscape of painful adolescent mental illness.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard, excellent book and an outstanding performance. I would say not a children's book at all; not for younger teens, even. (Although I learned of it in the NYT Book Reviews of Children's literature.) One hopes that Leonard's troubles are unusual.

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    martin 04-06-15
    martin 04-06-15
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    "A Must Read !!!! 👏🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟"

    The book is amazing and unexpectedly reached my expectations and surpass them. I'm not much of a reader, but the book grasped my interest, and I devoured it in one sitting. It's a book that will make you go there and experience the feelings of the characters and made it so you as a the reader experience all of the struggles and misfortunes of the characters

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    Shofi Indonesia 03-31-15
    Shofi Indonesia 03-31-15
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    "Über cool story"

    Two words can indeed save someone's life. The narrator, Noah Galvin, really casts magic spell to Mathew's "übergenuine" characters. I loved this. I enjoyed this. It makes me want to be a better person to everyone. Thank you Mathew Quick, and thank you Noah Galvin. I am truly honored to meet Leonard Peacock.

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