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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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    Evey 05-31-15
    Evey 05-31-15
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    "This book saved me."

    If you want to kill yourself or self-harm, then I strongly suggest you read this book. It really helped me with to fight my depression and self-worth problems. There are some books that are just stories, not intended for anything but hearing. But this book wasn't just a book. Leonard's story really spoke to me in a way that I hadn't expected it to or experienced before. We see the world very similarly, and reading his story gave me hope. It really did. Even if you don't feel sad or angry all the time, this book can still help you learn/ understand the minds of others. Also. If you are different than this book might really resonate with you. This book taught me that it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, there is always something else to the story. And maybe some people are truly crazy. Insanity does exist. But so does confusion, anger, and messed up perception. Sometimes, being misunderstood can be the greatest destroyer. Misunderstanding and depression/self-hatred probably kill way more people than evil and contempt do. I want to leave you with a quote that really stuck with me, especially when I was feeling really down:

    "You're different. And I'm different too. Different is good. But different is hard. Believe me, I know."

    -Mathew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock)





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    Bond James Bond 05-05-15 Member Since 2008

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    "very good story"

    If you liked Silver Linings Playbook, it's the same author, and the story involves a young guy with a mental problem. It's well told, well narrated. I wished it was longer

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    Thomas Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-26-15
    Thomas Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sad, compelling listen"
    Where does Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well above average, and that is a complement. Very thought provoking for a father of teenagers.


    What about Noah Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Performance was excellent. He was Leonard from the first sentence on. I could not possibly have imagined Leonard's voice any other way.


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

    So many - Leonard's letters from the future were masterful. Contrasted with the teen insanity of his birthday plans. Of course, Herr Silverman's wisdom imparted under the bridge is a blade of hope in a vast landscape of painful adolescent mental illness.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard, excellent book and an outstanding performance. I would say not a children's book at all; not for younger teens, even. (Although I learned of it in the NYT Book Reviews of Children's literature.) One hopes that Leonard's troubles are unusual.

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    martin 04-06-15
    martin 04-06-15
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    "A Must Read !!!! 👏🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟"

    The book is amazing and unexpectedly reached my expectations and surpass them. I'm not much of a reader, but the book grasped my interest, and I devoured it in one sitting. It's a book that will make you go there and experience the feelings of the characters and made it so you as a the reader experience all of the struggles and misfortunes of the characters

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    Shofi Indonesia 03-31-15
    Shofi Indonesia 03-31-15
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    "Über cool story"

    Two words can indeed save someone's life. The narrator, Noah Galvin, really casts magic spell to Mathew's "übergenuine" characters. I loved this. I enjoyed this. It makes me want to be a better person to everyone. Thank you Mathew Quick, and thank you Noah Galvin. I am truly honored to meet Leonard Peacock.

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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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    Carol Joyce Pittsford, NY, United States 03-26-15
    Carol Joyce 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 2017
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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 2017
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    "Meh"

    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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