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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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  • Mclawz
  • 12-27-17

Suspend your disbelief, sit back and enjoy.

Totally unbelievable but funny and touching with characters you can root for. Recommend if you fancy a whimsical tale with a down to earth twist (pardon the pun).

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  • Nike
  • 12-11-17

Teasy

A bit disappointing. But quite entertainingly flippant. Thanks for trying. A lot more to read before Christmas

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-17

Fabulous

I absolutely adored this beautiful book a real heart warmer fantastic characters and storyline and greatly delivered

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  • Granny J
  • 11-29-17

You’ll fall for this spaceman!

A light hearted story with engaging characters, laugh out loud moments, real life situations interlaced with the surreal. Major Tom goes from zero to hero with some hilarious interaction and poignant moments along the way. I felt that I would love this as a film , I really enjoyed reading it. It’s not a classic more a holiday read but a worthwhile enjoyable one. Lovely and quirky , great happy ending.

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  • Mr. P. Mcenerney
  • 11-20-17

Thoroughly enjoyable

great story and narration. Lighthearted, funny, clever, touching and sometimes sad, it was a joy to have had as my companion over the last few days.