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My Name Is Leon Audiobook

My Name Is Leon

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Publisher's Summary

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one.

Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers.

Since Jake is white and Leon is not. Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how - just when we least expect it - we manage to find our way home.

©2016 Kit de Waal (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK

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  • Mary Dolan-McGowan
    3/16/17
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    "Get me more narrations by Lenny Henry!!"

    downloaded this book on the recommendation of YouTuber Lauren and the Books and was delighted with it.
    It's sad and funny at the same time and gave me an insight into 80's Britain one I looked at through the TV as a child in Northern Ireland. Really made me think about a lot of things. This book is a must!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    7/2/16
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    "exceptional "

    Such a wonderful poignant, heartbreaking and touching read with being hilarious too, told with the innocent voice of the protagonist. The setting location is perfect and should be used in modern fiction more often.... A must read.... beautiful. Also for audio book listeners Lenny Henry does a thoroughly excellent job I was pleasantly surprised. He immerses one into each and every character giving them all a unique voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • gill concannon
    6/23/16
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    "Heartfelt and insightful"

    This book trips along enticing the reader to live each moment alongside Leon. Brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/7/17
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    "A good cry"

    I've a lump in my throat. I want to hug this ccconfused little boy. A good read all in all!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne from Willenhall
    9/14/17
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    "Fabulous book."

    This book is wonderful. Full of surprises. Lenny Henry was easily the right narrator. Fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa
    9/7/17
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    "Moving and powerful reminder"

    Initially I couldn't get past the fact that it was 'Lenny Henry' reading. But he brought the book to life beautifully and I felt each character.
    Leon's point of view is so cleverly written and the way that children can misconceive and be misconceived is played with brilliantly throughout.
    Leon is an amazing character.
    This book is brilliant.
    Yes it's sentimental at times. But it's also a fantastic hard and stark reminder of life in the 80s for so many people ... and the hangover we still have from those times.
    Thanks kit de waal!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Grear
    UK
    8/30/17
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    "Wonderful"

    My Name is Leon is a beautiful story that's wonderfully performed by Lenny Henry. Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    6/21/17
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    "A beautiful story, brilliantly told"

    A touching story of children in care. Heavy issues are dealt with through Leon's young eyes. But the stand-out star is Lenny Henry - an utterly brilliant narrator who I would listen to again and again. absolute ear-fodder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J Harrison
    6/6/17
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    "The best audio book I've listened to this year."

    Brilliant book brilliantly read by Lenny Henry. I can't recommend it enough. The story is so beautiful and sad and I love Leon and Maureen and Sylvia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SusanE
    5/21/17
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    "Great story telling, told beautifully"

    Beautifully written and beautifully read.
    Sad but hopeful story read with great style by Lenny Henry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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