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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross Welford Narrator: Bruce Mann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9780735287174
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Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father’s life.

“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine and again four years later, when he was twelve”.

On his twelfth birthday, Al Chaudhury receives a letter from his dead father. It directs him to the bunker of their old house, where Al finds a time machine (an ancient computer and a tin bucket). The letter also outlines a mission: travel back to 1984 and prevent the go-kart accident that will eventually take his father’s life. But as Al soon discovers, whizzing back thirty years requires not only imagination and courage, but also lying to your mom, stealing a moped, and setting your school on fire—oh, and keeping your pet hamster safe. With a literary edge and tons of commercial appeal, this incredible debut has it all: heart, humor, vividly imagined characters, and a pitch-perfect voice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extremely clever and totally engaging.”

    Irish Times

  • “Smart, engaging, and heartwarming…In the end, Al cleverly engineers a total win, and if that seems unlikely considering the hazards of meddling with the past, readers won’t begrudge him.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Nods to classic time travel stories will delight some readers; those merely looking for a page-turning adventure will find that and more.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Bruce Mann’s lively narration and reflective tone help to build the world of this poignant, inventive tale…He tackles a variety of accents and personalities with fluidity and insight, and his pacing draws a keen distinction between the high stakes of the Al’s time-traveling adventures and the measured world-building of his homelife…Listeners will enjoy the ride. Ideal for road trips and fans of both science fiction and adventure.”


  • A 2016 New York Public Library Recommended Book for Young Readers
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About the Author

Ross Welford worked as a business journalist before becoming a freelance writer and television producer. He has worked on shows such as the Big Breakfast, the Morning, and Bridezillas.

About the Narrator

Bruce Mann, Earphones Award–winning narrator,studied classical acting at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been a successful voice-over artist and actor for over ten years.