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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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    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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    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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    jmac 04-18-17
    jmac 04-18-17 Member Since 2017
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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 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky 12-17-16
    Vicky 12-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Read. Just read."

    This is a must read for everyone.
    It will reach the core of your soul.
    It's a book you will remember forever, and a book that you SHOULD remember forever.
    It's honest, witty, soulful, heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time.
    Read it.

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    Gerald 10-26-16
    Gerald 10-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Salinger?"

    Not quite, but did read kind of like a modern day"catcher in the rye". narrator was a good fit

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    Lindsay B SOUTH ELGIN, IL, US 10-19-16
    Lindsay B SOUTH ELGIN, IL, US 10-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "forgive me"

    A challenging look inside the mind of a sad young man, the story of Leonard Peacock is a good one-but not for the faint of heart.

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    W Perry Hall 01-30-16

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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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.

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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.


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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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