Who Is Tom Ditto

  • by Danny Wallace
  • Narrated by Christopher Ragland, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We join the action just as our ‘hero’ Tom, (early thirties, reads the ‘news’ on the radio) finds out that his girlfriend has not left him.
Tom, I have not left you. But I am gone. Please carry on as normal. Love always, Hayley.
Has Hayley gone or hasn’t she? Is she coming back? If she has gone, but is coming back, when is she coming back? And what is he supposed to bloody do in the meantime? And what if she’s never coming back?
Trying to work out what’s happening to his confusing life, Tom tries to track Hayley down. In doing so, he stumbles across a strange and eccentric group of people with an irregular and highly-addictive hobby. Next, he’s being followed, but he’s not sure by whom. And then he also almost loses his job at the radio station in the now infamous ‘Jam Nazi’ episode, which of course, you know about. Above all, Tom is trying to work out who everyone is. Because who is Hayley? Who is this new girl following him around the supermarket? And who, for that matter, is Tom Ditto?

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Most Helpful

Brilliantly entertaining...and masterfully read!

Would you listen to Who Is Tom Ditto again? Why?

Again and again and again......this book is very entertaining and has a twist that is fascinating. I LOVE the style of the author and the narrator. I am wild about the expertise of Kobna Holdbrook Smith in delivering all his expertise and art in a truly magnificent rendition of personalities..his ability to do many other voices give one the feeling of real separation...like listening to a play.


What did you like best about this story?

The story was innovative and superbly executed.


Which character – as performed by Christopher Ragland and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

Pia was my favorite character apart from Tom Ditto


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Thoroughly enjoyed it immensely..it made me smile.


Any additional comments?

Kobna Holdbrook Smith is an excellent narrator. Cant get enough of him! Listened to the London River series and just long for him to read us more and more. Rarely have I ever enjoyed a narration so much. I hope he does more and more narrations because I would read the books just to be with his voice and characterisations.

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- S. Cocks

Surprising, relatable, and excellently narrated.

The story was intriguing and the characters well-developed - I really cared about them by the end. As someone in her late twenties who lives in London there were parts of the tale that resonated with me particularly. I feel that there's this myth that our parents generation had their life sorted out by 30. As it approaches it can feel like you're not going where you thought or that you're living someone else's dreams and ideals - whether that someone was once you or not. It was interesting to explore that and how the characters change in response to the absurd and the pointedly not.

I chose this because I really enjoyed Kobna-Holdbrook Smith's narration in the Rivers of London series. He is brilliant. I was worried that I would get character bleed - having associated the narrator with the aforementioned 5 books (that I've listened to multiple times each). However, his performance and the writing create a character that has, perhaps a touch ironically, a strong sense of self.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-04-2014
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks