London Calling

  • by Edward Bloor
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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.
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- Michael

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!
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- Ex-Silicon Valley Girl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2006
  • Publisher: Listening Library