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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Audiobook

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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.
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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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    Trey Wilcox 03-27-15
    Trey Wilcox 03-27-15
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    "A Very Strong Story"

    This book hit home for me. It was beautiful and it kept my attention. ..I generally have a hard time reading or listening because is hard to focus. Nothing was boring in this book and I could not turn away, whatever the reader has experienced, no matter the religion, you can identify with the protagonist of the story. overall, it was intense.

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    Laken 03-26-15
    Laken 03-26-15
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    "Captivating Narration"

    Noah Galvin does a wonderful job bringing the story to life and making you feel as Leonard does.

    A memorable cast of characters and an important message make this a great listen.

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    Amazon Customer Pittsford, NY, United States 03-26-15
    Amazon Customer Pittsford, NY, United States 03-26-15
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    "Required Read"

    Narrator did an excellant job; as good as any adult I've heard. This story should be a required "read" for every person.

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    Grace Seattle, WA, United States 03-24-15
    Grace Seattle, WA, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Dear Parents: READ THIS BOOK"
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    What a great insight into the mind of an outcast highschool student and the series of events that bring him to his 18th birthday, a gun in his pocket and a plan in his head. A tragic story made all the more so because we know there is so much truth here: that parents regularly let their children down by their own selfishness and blind ignorance.

    Various versions of of Leonard Peacock walk by us every day as we make assumptions about how good their lives must be or judge how awful and weird they behave.I never felt sorry for Leonard or thought he was being weak, dramatic, whining or self-absorbed. The author slowly revealed the mind of a damaged child who rightfully was pointing a finger at all the idiot adults in his world who didn't fulfill their end of the bargain, yet showed how he could forgive them, and with the help of one caring person, ultimately himself.

    That the credits in the end of the include a long list of social workers and mental health professionals tells the sad truth behind this fictional character.

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    Erin AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-08-15
    Erin AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    This book was really hard for me to get into. In fact, I almost deleted it about a third of the way through. It finally caught my attention and I was very glad I continued listening. But the ending was not satisfying. I don't feel like the story was wrapped up very well and I have so many more questions. The narrator was great though. I really enjoyed his interpretation of the characters.

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    Michelle 02-28-15
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    "Mesmerizing"

    The narration for the book was spectacular. The story and the voice left me thinking about Leonard Peacock long after finishing the story.

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    Lisa Easton, PA 02-25-15
    Lisa Easton, PA 02-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Narrator!"
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    I liked this book a lot! Best narrator I have had so far!! Only wish they had an epilogue. It felt like the book just ended when the story was not finished!

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    Whitney 02-04-15
    Whitney 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful Story!"

    This will make you laugh, cry, get angry, sympathize with the characters. This is an amazing read.

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    Cheryl Pruss 02-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    I really enjoyed the narrator. The story was good. Very believable. I would read another book by the same author.

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    Gina 01-31-15
    Gina 01-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very poignant"

    Never knew what it would be like to be inside the head of an 18-year-old boy ready to commit murder and suicide. This is something all adults with children to help them better understand where their children or their classmates children's could possibly be coming from indeed pain and sorrow.

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