Genre: Young Adult


Performed by:
Nick Podehl

An unusual psychological thriller asks: Is it possible to fix a tragic future by changing the past—while experiencing life backwards?At the moment Dan's life ends, the Rider's begins. Unwillingly tied to Dan, the Rider finds himself moving backwards in time, each day revealing more of the series of events that led to Dan's suicide.As the Rider struggles to figure out what he's meant to do, he revels in the life Dan ignores. Beyond the simple pleasures of a hot shower and the sun on his face, the Rider also notices the people around Dan: his little sister, always disappointed by her big brother's rejection, his overwhelmed mom, who can never rely on Dan for help, and Cat—with her purple hair, artistic talent, and misfit beauty. But Cat doesn't want anything to do with Dan. While the days move in reverse and Halloween looms, it's up to the Rider to find out why Cat is so angry, and what he must do to make things right.In his second novel for teens, Todd Mitchell turns time around as the Rider attempts to fix the future by changing the past and experiences the joys and heartbreak of living backwards.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 6 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, Download, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Todd Mitchell

Todd Mitchell is the author of The Secret to Lying, as well as the middle-grade novel The Traitor King, and is a co-author of the graphic novel A Flight of Angels. About Backwards, he says, “I wanted to tackle some tough issues head-on while also writing an intriguing, uplifting book, and the only way I could think of to do that was to flip things around and experience the story backwards.” Todd Mitchell lives with his wife and two daughters in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nick Podehl

Nick Podehl has been named a 'Best Voice' by AudioFile magazine in 2010 and 2011. He has narrated many young adult, fantasy, and romance titles, several of which have won awards, and has appeared in a number of theatrical productions and independent films.

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