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Time Travelling with a Hamster

Narrated by: Assad Zaman
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)
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Summary

A truly original debut novel from an extraordinarily talented new voice in children's books.

Laugh, cry and wonder at this race-against-time story of a boy who travels back to 1984 to prevent a go-kart accident and save his father's life....

My dad died twice. Once when he was 39 and again four years later, when he was 12. The first time had nothing to do with me. The second time definitely did, but I would never even have been there if it hadn't been for his 'time machine'....

When Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad's time machine, he finds that going back to the 1980s requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, burglary and setting his school on fire. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer....

©2016 Ross Welford (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Touching, silly and exciting by turns, this thrilling little book is an inventive take on time travel for children. Sure to be a hit with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder...an unforgettable, madcap story from a bright new talent in children's fiction." ( Waterstones)

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Excellent

What an excellent book - we listened as a family (three boys ages 8,11,14 plus mom and dad) all the way to Scotland and back. All of us were thoroughly entertained and committed to the characters! Superb audio presentation too. Highly recommend this book - so sad it is over.

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Very entertaining read.

I am certainly not a young adult any more but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny, poignant and intelligent but written in a friendly entertaining way and would appeal to all ages over about twelve, I would say, with an interest in science. Read extremely well by the narrator, my only bugbear being that he mispronounced a couple of names, but they were unusual names! Highly recommended.

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Suits all ages, really enjoyed.

This is an amazing book that suits ALL ages. It really gets your mind thinking about the laws and physics of time travel.

Summary:
Fictional tale of a boy that gets mixed up between parallel universes with his hamster Alan Shearer to try and save his dad. When disaster strikes, Al tries to undo the damage he has caused to the 'space time continuum' but finds out, it's not as easy as it looks...

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it! Aoife
So good, I loved it

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my 11 year old boy loved this!

Great story with thought provoking narrative. We all loved this and couldn't wait for the next journey in the car to hear more.

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Great read for kids and parents

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book with my 8 year old. The characters were beautifully described and the story line was original, comical and moving. It kept me guessing and hoping right to the end. A talented writer I hope to read more from.

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Fun adventure, well read

The book is written from the point of view of a young boy (Al) and captures his thought process well. It is humorous and casual in its use of language and I particularly liked the portrayal of his Grandfather Byron.
The manner of time travel works well and there are some interesting ideas in there for young readers to think about.
Audiobook: Assad Zaman’s narration is perfect for this book and he gets the tone of the book and the portrayal of the characters just right.

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TIME!

IT IS EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you read it? If you havent then DO!!!!!!!!! At times it can be sad.




























































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Awesome - we loved it!

I bought this for bedtime listening for my 6 year old and 9 year old. It gripped us all, including me. For the 6 year old he didn’t really get into it until the time travelling bit. But for the 9 year old and myself, we were captivated throughout. We all agreed this is the best children’s audio book that we’ve come across so far. For the last three nights we stayed up later as we clambered to hear more. This will be one we listen to over and over again I think. While my boyfriend found the narrators accent annoying, the kids and I really liked it.

Go Alan Shearer!

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Simply brilliant!!!

Loved it - really enjoyed listening to this with my 13,12 and 8 year old children. Wonderful narration, really liked the voices especially grandpa Byron.