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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
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SusanE 21/05/2017
    SusanE 21/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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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

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    Julia 01/05/2017
    Julia 01/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    I loved this study of a life seen through a young boys' eyes. It was so touching. Beautifully beautifully read.

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    Nina Riikonen 20/04/2017
    Nina Riikonen 20/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    A gripping story that really pulls you in. The narrator is excellent and makes the listening experience a joy.

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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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