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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
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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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    Amazon Customer San Mateo County, California, USA 08-14-13
    Amazon Customer San Mateo County, California, USA 08-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Yes it's dark, but it's an amazing story!"
    Would you listen to Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock again? Why?

    Yes, I plan on it. There is such good writing and the thoughts expressed by Leonard Peacock are in many parts brilliant, that I want to hear them again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character in the story is memorable. I started listening to the book on a short walk which ended up becoming a long, long walk just so I could continue listening to the story. When I got back home from the walk I kept the audible book on and listened to it until it was finished. It really is one of only a few books I just could not stop listening too / reading.


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

    No, but he couldn't have been more perfect for the performance. He was the 18 year old Leonard Peacock.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't screw it up like Silver Linings (yes, the movie received many awards, but if one looked at it objectively, it was absurd).


    Any additional comments?

    For those who might be put off by the dark drama that it is, don't be. There's enough wit to get through that part and the journey is very, very rewarding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 10-14-13
    Trish Virginia 10-14-13 Member Since 2010
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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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    Susan'sEarbuds 10-18-13
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    "Begin with the End in Mind"
    What did you love best about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock?

    One of the authors that has stuck with me is the late Stephen Covey, hence the headline of my review. Why quote Covey for the headline of this review? Because the quote points to the healing process available to the young man--yes man--who is the title character. He doesn't know it, but he has grown up in spite of his parents and himself. Bravo! We were pulling for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My heart pounded through most of the book and not because I was walking around the block fifteen times to get my exercise in for the day. The author captured the vacated, self-centered suburban emotional landscape of many teenager's lives--too old to be latch-key kids but too emotionally unstable to root themselves into a healthy rhythm of self-discovery and respect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's one scene where there's an intersection between the young and vulnerable and the old and cynical. Which wins out? I'll only say that they both had the adage "begin with the end in mind." I was surprised by both the teenager's and the infirmed old man's response to what was a life-threatening situation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tagline for a movie of this book: Why it was foolishly ignorant for the city of Philadelphia--and the state of California and so many other cities and town--to lay off school counselors as if we don't need them for kids who are emotionally abandoned.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-03-17
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    "Anti Christ book for teens"

    This would have been a fantastic book where it not that it is Antichrist book typically written for teens. Apparently if you want to have a book published for teens it has to be Antichrist and pro-homosexuality.

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    clridenhour Charlotte, NC 09-21-17
    clridenhour Charlotte, NC 09-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Afraid to read any further..,"

    I found myself caring about Leonard so much that I was afraid to keep reading in case he didn't make it. I'm 52 years old, but I'm a mom who hates to see kids neglected or abused in any way, so this story spoke to my heart in a painful way. Noah Galvin does an excellent job voicing all of the characters. I hope to hear more of him!

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    Slowsync 09-19-17
    Slowsync 09-19-17
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    "Very engaging"

    I liked the book, it was a good reprieve from the dull non-fiction I am forced to listen to just because I wasted a whole credit. I am in my mid 30's, but I enjoy young adult fiction, maybe the teenager inside me is still lurking about.

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    Martha Marfa, TX, United States 09-17-17
    Martha Marfa, TX, United States 09-17-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Beautiful"

    Beautiful, insightful, funny, moving. Could not stop listening. Good narration. Looking forward to more books by this author.

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    jmac 04-18-17
    jmac 04-18-17
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    "Fantastic reader amazing book"

    I couldn't stop listening! The reader did such a nice job that I thought Leonard was actually reading the story! So good!

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    Marisa 04-14-17
    Marisa 04-14-17
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    "Great book"

    First off, I loved the narrator. Great job on his part.

    This book was really good. I'll admit it's hard for me to focus when listening to an audio book, I zone out alot. But when listening to Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, I didn't want to miss a moment. I finished it in two days because I couldn't stop listening to it. It deals with feelings that teens and adults alike can relate to, being lonely, feeling like no one cares. Things I've dealt with in my life, and I feel like the author really captured all of those things and put them into a character who, despite his flaws and darkness, I really enjoyed. All in all, I really liked the book. It's worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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