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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.
  • 09-05-17

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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  • Dappledwood
  • 09-04-17

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
  • 08-29-17

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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  • Jumpin' Bean
  • 07-19-17

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
  • 02-16-17

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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  • mrs dawn m hickin
  • 04-19-18

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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  • Mr
  • 04-17-18

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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  • Josh
  • 03-28-18

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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  • "bunstance"
  • 03-03-18

Tosh, but well-crafted, likeable tosh.

What did you like most about Calling Major Tom?

David Bartlett makes no effort to pass off the premise of the story as remotely plausible, and as far as I can tell, you will learn nothing factually correct about space travel, communications technology, schooling/policing in Wigan or what Guardian crossword clues are really like. But if you don't like this, you may find that, like me, you quickly develop an affection for the Ormerod family and their travails, and engage with the tragicomic life story of Thomas Major which unfolds in flashback. The writing is good and the story flows well, so this was easy to get into and quick to finish.

What other book might you compare Calling Major Tom to, and why?

The first two authors that sprang to mind were Charles Dickens and Kurt Vonnegut. This is as similar to those as they are to each other.

Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I recognised him from The Verdict by Nick Stone and then discovered he also did Company of Wolves by Karen Maitland. I've enjoyed him in all of these, despite him fluffing the odd sentence. Good voice, good characterisation and pretty good accents, in this case a decent enough stab at Wigan to satisfy a non-native who spent a few years there.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The author's manipulation of my emotions was not very subtle, but it was effective, for example the end of the storyline with Thomas's mother. The depictions of a first experience with alcohol and a dire stag night are more typical of this author, and they are firmly slapsick humour rather than emotional drama.

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  • Chris
  • 03-02-18

Wonderful

What made the experience of listening to Calling Major Tom the most enjoyable?

Natural characters but the real winner is the absolutely Superb voice work

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom. I fully related to his need for solitude

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favourite?

Nan. Brilliantly brought to life and voiced to perfection

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In space.. no one can hear you groan

Any additional comments?

Loved every minute