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Summary

Leonard and Hungry Paul is the story of two friends who ordinarily would remain uncelebrated. It finds a value and specialness in them that is not immediately apparent and prompts the idea that maybe we could learn from the people that we overlook in life. 

Leonard and Hungry Paul change the world differently to the rest of us: we try to change it by effort and force; they change it by discovering the small things they can do well and offering them to others.

©2019 Ronan Hession (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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An absolute gem

What an absolutely fantastic book. The pleasure of family and friends, and accepting people for who they are.
Enjoying people's differences and finding comfort in subtle familiarity.
A must read for anyone who enjoy wonderful character building and who finds great pleasure in the 'everydayness' of life. A wonderful book with excellent narration.

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Leonard and Hungry Paul are completely fine!

A witty, quirky, charming novel about two unusual understated friends, in their thirties and still living at home with their parent(s), playing board games and sharing interesting facts.

It was a joy to share their world and hoping their is a sequel!

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Beautifully written & delivered perfectly

Absolutely loved this story, the author has a brilliant turn of phrase and the reader captures the characters perfectly. One of those books that I think may well be even better on audio than in print because it has been so skilfully read. The story itself is charming and a wonderful distraction. If you like The Rosie Project you would love this.

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Beautiful original story.

Loved this book - didn’t want it to end. John Hopkins did a great job and will appeal to most listeners but I’d love to have had a narrator from Dublin for this book.

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A subtle story about friendship

I was captured within the first few minutes of these beautifully read, gentle tale about friendship, cleverly observed human behaviour and filled with the warmth and humour. Loved it.

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very human

I really enjoyed this gentle book. There was a lot which resonated about family life. Interesting characters and a lot of warmth.

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nice book

struggled to finish, some nice profound sentiments but slow. should have had an Irish narrator for an Irish based book

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Delightful and insightful tale of extraordinary things hidden in the ordinary

Loved this simple tale of ordinary otherness and the beautiful simplicity of people’s lives.
I enjoyed the author’s fluid comfort with language although it would have better helped the tale’s sense of place had the narrator read with an Irish accent.

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LOVE

Simple, heartwarming and laugh out loud in places.
Loved every minute of it!
Highly recommended

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Simply a beautiful book

I’ve read this book 3 times now. The physical book, the ebook & now the Audible version. I always describe it as a gentle hug of a book that leaves me with a huge smile on my face. I have dipped into the physical book several times just to re-read favourite passages. It’s a joy & should not be missed. The narration was excellent

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  • 12-04-22

Monty Python and Forest Gump created 2 sons.

This story made me so happy. First just how funny these characters were made me laugh out loud. I don’t know if reading the story would be as funny as listening because the narrator did such a wonderful job getting the nuances of the characters. Bravo!
First part of the story I worried that my kids would be like these two men. Second part of the story I hoped my kids would be like these two men.
In their innocence and just seeing things as they are without pretense they show the shallowness of so many.

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  • 07-05-22

Wonderful

A beautiful, quiet story of two friends and others around them. The most rewarding book I’ve read in ages.

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  • 22-08-21

Hungry For More

loved it The story had moments when I laughed out loud, felt their heartbreak and never wanted to say goodbye.

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  • 01-07-21

Remarkable!

Wonderful book, wonderful reader. Much has been said about how gentle and grounded this book is, and those descriptors are accurate. Much less discussed is the humor in this story. Yes, the humor is understated and often subtle, but believe me it's there. Many of the omniscient narrator's observations are just plain hilarious, as is much of the conversation between Leonard and Hungry Paul. The book also contains sage lessons on happiness and healthy relationships. Bravo Mr. Hession! And bravo Mr. Hopkins for a spot-on rendering of all the book contains.

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  • 04-06-21

Tender, Quiet, and Charming

A deeply empathetic book filled with warm and delightfully human characters. No screaming bouts or fist fights...and yet somehow the tiny dramas of each pull you right along. Terrific performance by the reader as well.

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  • 13-02-21

Sweet story, excellent narration.

The story is so gentle and kind and sweet. I was pleasantly surprised. John Hopkins’ voice is silky smooth and really works well in this book. He captures all of the funny bits really well.

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  • 20-10-20

I can't rave enough about what a joy this was to!

I cannot rave enough about what a joy this was to listen to. the story was wonderful, the characters all lovely, and the narrator brought them all to life in such a loving way.

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  • 08-08-20

Love it!

I enjoyed listening to this book very much! The characters are so well drawn, unique, wise, funny, and warm. (I am still wondering why Paul is named "Hungry Paul"? )