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DadVentures

Amazing Outdoor Adventures for Daring Dads and Fearless Kids
Narrated by: Alex Gregory
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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The ultimate family activity guide for busy, daring dads in need of a little inspiration to spend quality time with their kids, by Olympic gold medallist, adventurer and father of three Alex Gregory.

A charming audiobook by Olympic gold medallist rower, adventurer and father of three Alex Gregory, DadVentures is packed with inspiration and aimed at busy dads in need of highly practical and fun ideas of what to do with their kids, which need little expense or advance preparation. DadVentures will appeal to anyone who wants an achievable, easy plan on an otherwise empty family day, without needing to do a sport or (shudder) resort to soft play.

The audiobook is divided into highly practical categories to fit into whatever time slots work within the busy day: after-school walk, 30 minute wander (essential listening for the feral hour just before tea time), two-hour run around, half-day experience, full-day exploration, overnight expedition, and pushing away from the land.

DadVentures is a pragmatic but inspiring book about easy ways to create family memories just by walking out the front door - as sometimes getting out of the front door is the hardest part.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Alex Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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A beautiful and inspiring listen

So an upfront disclaimer, I used to row with Alex and I think he is a wonderful person, I quit rowing and unfortunately haven't spoken much with Alex since long before his first Olympic gold. That being the case when I heard he was releasing a book it really interested me, so I pre-ordered it. I will write this review from an unbiased standpoint because otherwise, it will not be useful to others.

I listen to audio books mostly while I'm cycling to and from work, and the last few days have been noticeably slower cycling than usual because this was such an engaging and relaxing book to listen to.

If you're looking for an autobiography, which is what the Audible sample suggests then you will get some parts like that, but the majority is about different Dadventures, and I never knew Alex was such a woodsman. He has some great ideas for activities that he's learnt throughout his life, which he describes so well that you can almost see him doing these things with his kids. Each of these activities is followed by an anecdote involving the Dadventure in question, some were heart-wrenching, others were wonderful, and every one of them brought me back to similar times in my life, I'm sure they will you too.

His narration was also fantastic, I am not saying that he is as refined and as practised as Michael Kramer here, this is Alex's first book and Michael Kramer in my eyes is the best narrator in the business, but he does a perfect Jürgen Gröbler impression (I've met Jürgen Gröbler, trust me, it's uncanny), his flow is perfect, he brings so much emotion to the anecdotes (understandably) and finally (one of the most important things for narration imo) his volume is constant throughout the book showing that he's been setup well with his recording equipment and isn't looking away from the microphone and changing the volume a noticable amount.

I loved the Dadventure ideas and have already done a few (some I had done variations of before, but many were new or things that I haven't done since childhood), but my absolute favourite bits were his anecdotes.

Best of luck with this Alex, Andrew

p.s. I have already told him that I can't wait for the sequel!

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