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Summary

Calling Major Tom is a funny, uplifting tale of friendship and community about a man who has given up on the world...but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him.

We all know someone like Thomas. The grumpy next-door neighbour who complains to the residents' committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don't have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems. But beneath his cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he's about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world.

An irresistible and heartwarming tale of a very unexpected friendship, perfect for fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and A Man Called Ove.

You'll laugh, you'll cry and you will cheer on all the curmudgeons in your life.

Read by David Thorpe.

©2017 David M. Barnett (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Feeling Blue?

Oh my, this is a sweet book and an easy listen.

No nasty psychotic murderers, no complicated plot twists, no major worries that there will be an unbearably sad ending.

If you are hoping to find a book filled with redemption, gentle amusement and really good narration, give this one a go. It may make your day a little brighter.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous original funny sweet sad thoughtful book

This story draws you in gently and before you know it you want to listen to it all the time. I really enjoyed it.
It does leap back and forth in time but it works. The characters are believable and brilliantly described. I love the (spoiler) grumpy attitude of Major Tom and learning why he is like that.
The predicament of the family is realistic and topical.
Overall a great book, well crafted and brilliantly narrated

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Is this a silly tale or a clever story?

This reminded me of "100 year old man who climbed out of a window" BUT is so much more satisfying . It is warm, poignant, funny and hugely entertaining. Unusual but interesting story - sometimes predictable but couldn't wait for the next bit. The author has the pace just right- I was never bored.
This is bound to be made into a film and would be excellent.

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Surprised

I wondered at the beginning of this story- what on earth was it about- I resisted the chopping and changing- but at some point I forgot and the story is amazing, makes you well up, makes you cry, but from the goodness which can be found in. Unexpected places.
Karan

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Wonderful

The Imagination and sensitivity, skilfully used to weave this story together is quite unnervingly brilliant. Reigniting the memories of the past few decades through memories of TV programs, , icecream and weather is ingenious. This book had me chuckling, laughing and crying. The characters are honest and believable and varied. Such a different book from my usual choice, one I bought through pure frustration and sheer accident. love the granny character.

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  • Kaggy
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  • 09-08-18

A pleasant little diversion

This was purchased as part of a two for one offer and to be honest I took a bit of a flyer with this choice, but I’m glad I made it. This is like a Richard Curtis film, with his characteristic gentle humour shot through with some moments of genuine poignancy. Tom is a man who has made mistakes in his life but is fundamentally a good person who deserves our sympathy. His decision to go to Mars may not be entirely believable given the current state of the British space programme, but there are enough clever little details to make his adventure almost credible. The author makes use of genuine events (for example a misdialled phone call from space) to make this an enjoyable yarn that is very relatable. The only issue I have is the balance of the storyline. Once the Wigan side of the story is dealt with, the Major Tom side ends abruptly and this is rather a shame. On the upside David Thorpe is a terrific narrator and he carries this off extremely well. This is a light entertaining read/listen and let’s face it, we all need one of those every so often.




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Quite lovely

Just a lovely book and superb narration. I didn’t want it to end. I hope there’s a sequel read by David Thorpe

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  • Dawn
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  • 19-04-18

What a lovely story!

This was such a lovely book, the story was engaging and the narrator was just perfect, bringing the text to life. So glad I bought this book!

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Laugh out loud.

This is a great, moving story. It made me laugh out loud several times. I recommend this book to anyone, it's not a technical Sci-Fi.

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A heartwarming story with excellent narration.

Really enjoyed this book. The narrator was great, he gave each character a voice that really added to the story and made the characters emotionally connectable. The storyline was somewhat predictable but this is offset by the heartwarming message.

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