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Leverage Audiobook

Leverage

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Publisher's Summary

Part Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger, part Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, this debut young-adult novel tells the incredibly powerful story of bullying and how—taken to the extreme—it can wreak havoc on the lives of teenagers.

Kurt is a talented but emotionally damaged football player. Danny is a rising star on the gymnastics team, an outsider in a school where the football team rules. But the two form an unlikely friendship, and when one member of the gym team is viciously assaulted by the quarterback and his cronies, Kurt rises to his defense and challenges the entrenched stereotypes of high-school sports.

Reminiscent of the early work of Markus Zusak, this is that rare book that authentically captures the voices, fierce loyalties, and harsh justice of teenage boys.

©2011 Joshua C. Cohen (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sports novels don't hit much harder than this.” (Booklist)

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    Lifesavr 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 02-22-11
    Lifesavr 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 02-22-11 Member Since 2015

    Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.

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    "Disturbing, but worth the read"

    In one way I wish I had never listen to this book. It is extremely disturbing. On the other hand I do feel that it is a book worth listening to. This is about bullying. It is about jocks. It is about being vulnerable. I know only too well what this is like. Fortunately, the physical abuse that is portrayed here never happened to me is all I can say. Maybe I???m not the person to review this book, but I guess I want people to be aware that this is not a book for children or even young adults, I feel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lauren United States 06-08-12
    lauren United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "hard hitting truth about todays bullying"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Leverage to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kurt. For some one to overcome brutal upbringing as he has. Experience the terror and abuse that he did that has left him with a near disability to be strong enough to not only bow to peer pressure in order to keep from becoming the target again but also stand up for those who cant protect themselves is beyond brave. To risk everything to do whats right and buck the system is so near impossible these days. But he did. Regardless of consequence.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That trimmer of emotion of fear. That true frustration when kirk cant
    get his words out. The pure off their rocker rage the 3 captions have when the have lost it and are in that space in time of nothing but rage. They bring that to life like your right there with them.


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

    I could hardly break away. I did not get to Finnish it in one sitting. But did in a 24 hr period!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda South Chicago heights, IL, United States 09-10-12
    Linda South Chicago heights, IL, United States 09-10-12
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    "I couldn't put it down"
    What made the experience of listening to Leverage the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the way the story was told from different views. It kept me interested and I really got to know the main characters


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Paul Michael Garcia ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any Paul Michael Garcia, but I have heard Kirby Heyborne do The Long Walk. Also a wonderful read. That is how I found this one I searched for more of his narration.


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

    I don't want to give anything away but it was the last chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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