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London Calling | [Edward Bloor]

London Calling

Martin Conway is sleeping his life away, aimless and unhappy, until the boy appears in his room. He is a long-dead English boy, and he has an urgent question to ask. Martin, for his own sanity, hopes and prays it is just a dream. But then one dream becomes two, then three, then four.
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Publisher's Summary

Martin Conway is sleeping his life away, aimless and unhappy, until the boy appears in his room. He is a long-dead English boy, and he has an urgent question to ask. Martin, for his own sanity, hopes and prays it is just a dream. But then one dream becomes two, then three, then four.

And the dreams are startlingly vivid. As Martin follows the boy through the blitz-ravaged streets of London in 1940, that city's fiery dreamscape thrills and frightens him more than any place in his own drab world. Each time Martin wakes, he discovers that he has met real people and been to real places. He has also learned real things, including dark, personal secrets, that no one could have possibly known.

Struggling to reconcile his dream world and the waking world, Martin slowly starts to believe in the boy, in time travel, in himself. And Martin's life, which had once seemed so pointless, takes on a great purpose that he could never have imagined.

©2006 Edward Bloor; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Evocative descriptions and elegant phrasings make the writing most enjoyable, and because the author uses a first-person voice, the story seems very personal, and readers will feel Martin's turmoil and angst." (School Library Journal)

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    Michael Orange, CA, USA 07-21-07
    Michael Orange, CA, USA 07-21-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Call this book"

    I heard about this book on NPR but the description was a bit light. I decided to get it anyways but it was a months before I actually listened to it. I should have listened sooner, what a sleeper ! I was very pleasantly surprised by the story line. The author did a fine job of mixing an unusual idea of an old radio that could transport a young boy back in time to help ease a souls passage in the afterlife. But it was more than that, it was a young boy learning about himself, how to care about others, how to trust one's own self even when others are very discouraging to you and how to forgive. The dialog over all was fairly well written, a few place it was a bit cramped but it did not distract from overall feel and pace. A few times I found myself not stepping out of the car to finish listening to a section of the story because I was so entranced by it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like something a bit different from the typical fiction fare.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Silicon Valley Girl Silicon Valley, CA USA 09-14-08
    Silicon Valley Girl Silicon Valley, CA USA 09-14-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Worth a listen!... Good family book."

    This story started a bit slow at first, but built momentum to become a very interesting story. Give it an hour and you'll be hooked til the end!

    The author had a great ability to teach about human weakness, love, trust of self, a historical time in WWII history, truth, and other nice lessons.

    Martin, the main character, travels back in time to London England during WWII and witnesses events that aren't well documented in modern day history. Events that have been twisted by members of his immediate community during modern times. His father is an alcoholic, his mother a doormat and his sister a strong young woman. As Martin's confidence in himself grows, those around him change for the better as well.

    If Martin was my son I'd be mighty proud of him!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer United States 04-17-10
    Kindle Customer United States 04-17-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Spell Binding"

    Just like little Jimmy Harker!
    The end is far too sudden and oh so final. Leaving you with one solemn wish.
    If there only could have been more.

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    SHELDON 05-11-08
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    "A good running companion"

    I'm training for a marathon and listen to audiobooks to help pass the time on long runs. This was an excellent listen. I know that it is a book written for teens, but it was full of adult themes and real heart. I heartily recommend it.

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    Recycleman5 Philadelphia, PA 01-19-11
    Recycleman5 Philadelphia, PA 01-19-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent book! Well written and spellbinding."

    This book is well worth the read. It takes you to an exciting place and is spiritually uplifting (not what you would expect from a time travel book!)

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    Amazon Customer Thornwood, NY, United States 05-07-14
    Amazon Customer Thornwood, NY, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    I love time travel but this was not my type of story. The narrator was excellent though.


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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 10-23-13
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Nice "Ghost" Story"

    This author does a good job weaving a coming of age story with family histories and the spiritual side of life. The story is interesting and fast moving with just enough character development to keep the story going. The narrator has a smooth voice that was engaging and varied with the different characters. If you like stories about World War II, spirits, and angels, you should like this story. It's not going to win the Novel Prize for Literature, but it should keep you entertained for eight hours or so.

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    "Nostalgic and Stimulating Yarn"

    Lovely story extremely well written. The narrator read it so well with believable characterisations. Sadly his attempt at cockney was embarrassingly inadequate! It brought back the woeful efforts of Dick van Dyke and was just as bad! Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed this time travel yarn.

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  • Elaine
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    11/18/07
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    "A wonderful tale!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was such an unusual tale and you never really know where it is taking you, but the conclusion is uplifting, if not inevitable. Well researched, well written and well spoken! I thoroughly recommend it!

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