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At the age of 24, Alastair Humphreys set off to try to cycle round the world. By the time he arrived back home, four years later, he had ridden 46,000 miles across five continents on a budget of just £7,000. 

From frozen Siberia tundra to the jungles of central Africa, Alastair recounts his extraordinary adventures in two parts - Moods of Future Joys and Thunder & Sunshine - brought together in audiobook for the first time. 

Moods of Future Joys is the story of the first stage of this epic journey. Struggling with the enormity of the challenge he had set himself, Alastair recounts the hardships of the expedition with great honesty. His ride through Europe, a turbulent Middle East and down Africa is buoyed by the kindness of strangers and the thrill of the freedom of the open road.

In Thunder & Sunshine, Alastair continues his journey from South Africa back to Yorkshire, via the whole of the Americas, South to North, Siberia, Japan, and back through China, Central Asia and Europe. 

A tale of physical and mental endurance, of taking on wilderness, loneliness and danger in a time before mobile phones and GPS - this is a refreshingly original account from one of today's great adventurers.

©2019 Alastair Humphreys (P)2019 Bonnier

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really enjoyed his story. Narration is excellent

Alastair seems like a decent guy, loved his all round attitude to life and his" feck it, why not" ideology. Inspiring in a rather contrasting way. Humble attitude to a monumental achievement. Bravo.

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What an adventure

Loved the adventure aspect and Al's performance was fantastic.

really enjoyed hearing the differences between what we enjoy in the UK and the developed world and how the attitudes of the people are so different in these far flung lands.

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Great inspiration for anyone interested in bike packing and travel!

Really enjoyed Alastair’s epic ride around the world. Honestly told, warts and all tale of what can happen when you stop day dreaming, take a leap and just begin your journey.

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An unlikely adventurer

I loved every minute of this book because Alastair is so disarmingly honest about his situation and his feelings about them.

Highly recommended.

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Brilliant

Absolutely loved listening to this book. The perfect accompaniment to my long runs. Brilliantly written and read by Alastair. Didn't want it to end.

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Alistair nailed it

Probably one of the best books I have listened to. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning to the end and it rang through so many times having done long distance cycling through other countries myself years ago, it was lovely to be reminded of those experiences and those emotions as he had the same. I thoroughly recommend reading this book

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honest diary of an extraordinary trip.

quick taste of multiple countries around the globe. easy and inspiring read. a must for traveling lovers

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Around the world by bike

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, when I finished it I went back to the beginning, and started again.
Wishing I was younger, fitter and a lot more brave than I am.
Recommended.

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A great adventure to take you away and inspire

I really enjoyed being taken away on a adventure with Alastair, he has a great way of depicting his environment and it's easy to become lost in your imagination while listening. I highly recommend this book and you will want to go for a mini adventure afterwards.

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excellent story telling and inspiration

loved it brilliant story telling guided many a commute to and from work. thank you for living your dream.

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  • 07-01-20

Great Adventure Story

Great story of modern adventure to be enjoyed be all, more so if you are a cyclist.

Author depicts his journey and allows you to ride along with him during his experience.

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  • Luis Entique Name Acosta
  • 24-03-21

Great outlook on the world

The author takes you around the world from the seat of the bicycle. Al is a great human being that always see the good in people.

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  • J_M
  • 05-02-21

Must read for any adventurer or anyone longing for adventure from home

I lived vicariously through Alastair. I visited all these places through him while being forced to stay home through the pandemic. It’s an amazing read, especially right now

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  • Blake Boles
  • 04-02-21

A modern classic

A touching, humble, thoughtful, and well-written tale of true adventure—made ten times better by Alistair’s personal narration. Very long and very worth it.

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  • Avoidposson
  • 28-10-20

An enjoyable epic of beauty, pain, and triumph

This book was quite the listen, both in terms of length of the audiobook and scale of the journey. I think Humphreys is a very talented writer and enjoy his work in other mediums (newsletters, podcasts, etc). I appreciate the variety in his writing, shifting from introspection to beautiful descriptions of what he encountered, from the triumphs of the road to the struggle of continuing onwards.

I definitely recommend, especially because it's read by Humphreys himself. You won't regret it!

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  • Trevor Hayes
  • 06-10-20

Inspiring and absorbing adventure

A lovely journey with a true intrepid adventurer. Learn about the world as you travel with Alistair. Note that he ignored the continous dire warnings and predictions of doom and proved them all wrong.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-20

Brilliant

Loved it from beginning to end. That the narrator was the writer was very special. Felt like I had gone along for the ride.

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  • James
  • 21-06-20

More than just a bicycle ride, so much, much more

I go on cycle camping journeys, albeit much, much shorter cycle camping journeys, so I really enjoyed this fantastic and well written account of a round the world bicycle trip. Travel broadens the mind and so too does hearing about someone elses trip.
A very relatable adventurer, Alastair takes us on an immense and at turns funny, rewarding, sad, tragic, heartening, but never dull, four year journey that opens our minds and hearts to the landscapes and people he meets along the way. If you have any sense of adventure, four words alone... Cycling Siberia in Winter... should excite the explorer in you and thats just one of the many different legs of Alastair's epic circumnavigation. Highly reccommended.

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  • C. Davis
  • 29-05-20

Excellent in every way.

I can't get over how much I liked this book. Usually, an author does not a good narrator make. In this case, I am so happy Humphreys narrated his own. Good adventure... making great story, good writing, good narration... The whole thing... What a feat!

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  • TR
  • 14-05-20

I am personally inspired

Thank you. What an incredible adventure. What an incredible physical and mental feat. I am not 25 but am fit. I love challenges and feel I am overdue. Just purchased a new gravel bike with the purpose of traveling. This is fuel for my fire an extremely well-written.