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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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    Sophie 02/07/2016
    Sophie 02/07/2016
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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
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    gill concannon 23/06/2016
    gill concannon 23/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Heartfelt and insightful"

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

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    Mary Dolan-McGowan 16/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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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!

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    Clare 07/03/2017
    Clare 07/03/2017 Member Since 2017

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    "wonderfully narrated heart warming story"

    Brilliant narration by Lenny Henry of this lovely book by Kit De Waal.
    I fell in love with Leon, the caring little boy torn away from his family and placed into care, I was really rooting for him to find happiness in his situation.

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    margaret 28/12/2016
    margaret 28/12/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Intriguing"

    A wonderful insight into a child's world with many cleverly crafted links. Sadly, not all looked after children find such a secure home.

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    Rachel Birmingham uk 12/12/2016
    Rachel Birmingham uk 12/12/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "So sad but well worth the listen"

    Loved this story even though it was sad in parts.
    Fell in love with Leon and wanted to protect him.
    Wonderful narration, great story.
    Well done Lenny Henry beautifully read!!

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    Bookaholic 25/11/2016
    Bookaholic 25/11/2016
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    "Excellent story telling by Lenny Henry"

    I really enjoyed this book - not my usual choice of genre, but glad I read it, especially as an audible book. Kit de Waal has done a great job of writing this book, but I think Lenny Henry in his narration brought the characters to life.

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    susan 01/11/2016
    susan 01/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator"

    Lennie Henry telling this story made it feel that you knew the character that you knew his mind and how he thought story telling at its best

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    M. Radford 21/10/2016
    M. Radford 21/10/2016

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    "Lenny Brings Leon to Life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Based in the background of early 80s Britain, with the political and racial outrage.
    The book is told in first person of a boy called Leon who is taken into foster care with his baby brother Jake. Jake is white, whereas Leon is mixed race, and the social workers have said that Jake is prime material for adoption because he’s a small white baby. Whereas Leon is a mixed race 9 year old boy, so they maybe separated.
    It is a heart breaking, wonderfully crafted and emotive book, it’s a family love story, a love between brothers, so many different kinds of love.
    The audiobook is narrated my Lenny Henry, who’s voice and acting skill brings it to life in ways I don’t think even the author expected. Lenny has a great way of making his voice very small and the character of Leon is just pulled into being.
    This will be the first in a series of books about Leon and his life, which I think is really cool. It will be interesting to see how this young boy grows into a man over the scape of other books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Name Is Leon?

    The emotion in lennys voice, he can make himself so small.


    Which character – as performed by Lenny Henry – was your favourite?

    Leon himself.


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

    Yes, it was addictive and compelling, I didn't want to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keen reader 01/10/2016
    Keen reader 01/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly brilliant"

    This is a poignant, moving and heart lifting story of a group of absolutely real characters. Lenny Henry brings Leon's world to life so believably with his own style that I was invested in each one of them from the beginning. The only problem with Kit's book is that I have finished it and feel bereft as though I'm missing friends! Hugely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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