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Calling Major Tom Audiobook

Calling Major Tom

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Publisher's 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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    S S. 05/09/2017
    S S. 05/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dappledwood 04/09/2017
    Dappledwood 04/09/2017
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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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    Karan Main 29/08/2017
    Karan Main 29/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jumpin' Bean 19/07/2017
    Jumpin' Bean 19/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    heraldicrose 16/02/2017
    heraldicrose 16/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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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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    Christoph Fischer 16/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Rather surprised just how much I enjoyed this"

    This came highly recommended by a fellow blogger, so when I saw this as an audio book it was the perfect choice for me.
    This is the story of a disgruntled astronaut who can't wait to leave earth behind but then gets entangled - via phone calls - with a family and their unique problems. At times I found it too far-fetched maybe and implausible, yet, I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does an excellent job at various accents and at a lively impersonation of the odd characters. While you kind of figure there might be a happy ending somewhere lurking for us, you are kept on tender hooks and the way things work out are not quite what I had expected, for sure.
    Likeable characters, feel-good moments a la "A wonderful life", humour, qitty observations of human behaviour and a few nice surprises await those who are ready to launch into this story.
    I was surprised how much I missed Gladys, Tom and Claudia when the recording had ended. Definitely an author I'll be watching. Highly recommended.

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    ali brighton 05/10/2017
    ali brighton 05/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "entertaining"

    obviously very silly plot and unbelievable. ending and some of the action very obvious from early on. however very sweet and nicely narrated. good commute listen.

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    Di 28/09/2017
    Di 28/09/2017
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    "So different, loved it!!!!"

    Yes the flashbacks are a little disconcerting at first but then you're hooked. The back story of Major Tom and the trials of the Ormerod family. I kept wondering how their story would progress when I couldn't listen. Not many books hold me quite like this one has. A very different story but all tied up with emotion and some regrets.

    Perfect narration brought all the characters to life, thank you, a job very well done!

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