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Alastair Humphreys: Around the World by Bike

Narrated by: Alastair Humphreys
Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Travel & Tourism
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Summary

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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Inspiring

Awesome book, well narrated by the author. I am now inspired and have succeeded in completing my first backpacking adventure as a result of listening to this book. Hopefully with more adventures to come.

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great book and listen

really enjoyed it. some of it flies though, but over 4 years to fit in that's no surprise.

slower to start then interesting listen.

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excellent honest story

so interesting and inspiring to hear the story and to have it read by the author is cool!!

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extraordinary mindset

Long, amazingly simple recount of the 4 year bicycle ride arround the world. I would like to say it is eye opening. Insights are invaluable. As for his first book ever - 10/10

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a truly great read of an epic adventure!

Alastair writes really well and covers a truly epic adventure with such personal feeling and description that you feel your wish you were there, taking part in your own expedition. There are many stories of cycling around the planet, many are a blow by blow record without the emotion, the struggle, the choices faced, but Alastair Humphreys account is truly memorable. I enjoyed this adventure and was disappointed it came to an end.

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A fantastically motivating book

A thoroughly enjoyable listen! Alistair’s wit, sensitivity, honesty and openness are so refreshing in a travel writer. No self importance, no self indulgence, no strong opinions. Having backpacked and cycled through many countries myself, I have to say Alistair has a real gift in communicating feelings, connections with people and atmospheres. This is a very uplifting book and puts your faith back in human nature across the globe. Alastair seems to be a really nice genuine guy and he met many many seemingly really nice genuine people around the world. We need to hear more of these sort of stories, instead of listening to The News. I’m sure we would all feel a lot happier and healthier if we did! Thanks Alastair for this reminder that we are living in a fantastic world, with lots of kind and interesting people and fascinating cultures around the world. This world is really worth holding on to!

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So glad I read this book before I started my tour

It was such a good read that I decided to listen again instead of starting

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Boring

I listen to books whilst I run and normally the hours fly by but this one dragged. I didn't finish it, it just felt like I was listening to a list of random places where nothing exciting really happend

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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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  • 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.