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My Midsummer Morning

Rediscovering How to Live Adventurously
Narrated by: Alastair Humphreys
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

Seasoned adventurer Alastair Humphreys pushes himself to his very limits - busking his way across Spain with a violin he can barely play.

In 1935 a young Englishman named Laurie Lee arrived in Spain. He had never been overseas; had hardly even left the quiet village he grew up in. His idea was to walk through the country, earning money for food by playing his violin in bars and plazas. 

Nearly a century later, the book Laurie Lee wrote - As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - inspired Alastair Humphreys. It made him fall in love with Spain - the landscapes and the spirit - and with Laurie's style of travel. He travelled slow, lived simply, slept on hilltops, relished spontaneity, and loved conversations with the different people he met along the hot and dusty road. 

For 15 years, Alastair dreamed of retracing Laurie Lee’s footsteps but could never get past the hurdle of being distinctly unmusical. This year, he decided to go anyway. The journey was his most terrifying yet, risking failure and humiliation every day, and finding himself truly vulnerable to the rhythms of the road and of his own life. But along the way, he found humility, redemption and triumph. It was a very good adventure.

©2019 Alastair Humphreys (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Humphreys is clearly slightly bonkers and this is a wonderful thing." (Geographical Magazine)

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Inspirational!

Anyone who loves outdoor adventures should listen, truthful, uplifting and wonderfully written and read from the heart.

Read Microadventures and now religiously follow anything this brilliant man produces.

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A gentle book with valuable life lessons

I’m a similar age to Alastair and share many of his insecurities and frustrations, but maybe not quite the same level of wanderlust.
I like his easy-going style and gentle humour.
To be honest I didn’t expect too much from the book and it surprised me not because his adventure across Spain was thrilling but because it shows the lessons you can learn from stretching yourself a little. Also, that adventure doesn’t have to be a death defying voyage.
This book has many life lessons and reaffirms many of the things I already know. Along with his micro adventure book it’s encouraging me to have more adventures (even if they are micro ones) of my own.
Bivvy bag has been ordered.

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Expected adventure, received wisdom

I’ve been following Mr Humphries on social media for a while, having been linked to his promoting of the “micro adventures” concept, and this is the first of his books I have listened to. I was expecting a report of his trip through Spain: highs, lows, struggles, challenges overcome etc, which the book of course delivers in a very entertaining way.

What I was not expecting was the dive into Alastair’s personal life, and the challenges he has faced with balancing his thirst for solo adventure with the realities of brewing a husband and father. This felt raw and honest, and added a lot of depth to the story.

The audiobook was well narrated and easy to listen to.

Thanks for sharing your adventure and being open and vulnerable Alastair. It would be great for you to go on a podcast like London Real and really dive deep into how you overcame the family and mental challenges.

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A great walk

If you are planning a big walk, you should read this book. If you are planning a big sit down, you should read this book. If you can play a musical instrument, or if you can't, read this book. If you know Spain, or if you would like to, read this book. If you ever doubt yourself or the life you have chosen - or if you don't - read this book. If you're looking for something substantial, or want an easy read, read this book.

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The book I would love to write

I love audiobooks and have been subscribing for years now, this is my favourite so far I like Alistair Humphreys other works but this stands head and shoulders above anything he has done yet! And struck a real chord with me pardon the pun one of life's good guys telling you how it truly is on the road and in your head excellent thank you

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loved it

the was the first book by Alistair Humphies I have read and I really enjoyed it. I great take of adventure and I love his outlook on life. i would recommend this. very easy listening.

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Loved it!

A great easy listen and very well read. Factual, humorous and inspiring. Can’t wait to listen to more of Alastairs adventures.

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An amazing read

What a great book I enjoyed listening to every word. Thank you for another great book

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Massively enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed story of his travel through a Spain, his courage to try something new (playing violin for income) even knowing he is far from perfect as well as background story about his family. I think it's perfect book for matured free spirits. If you still have that wanderlust but also agree with LESS IS MORE philosophy this is perfect book for you!

Txs for setting example that family comes first, your wisdom and bold spirit! Narration was really good too!

My next listen is going to be his "Microadventures"

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  • 21-12-19

A beautiful introspective look

I think is my favourite of Alistair's books so far. Each one has has brought excitement, fed ambition and also reminded me of the extra beauty that can be found in a bountiful existence. this is a story of quiet daring that made me nervous just thinking about myself doing it.
This book talks of Alistair's struggles with domestication, which really hit home for me too as I struggle with wanting to do so many adventures. Out of 100 audiobooks listened to this year Alistair's have made the biggest impact on me and I can't wait to share his podcast, books and adventures with my daughter and my friends. I'm lucky to of found these books.

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  • Rosalind Burns
  • 16-02-20

Beautiful book, listen NOW! And get outside!

One of the best travel books I’ve read in a long time. Beautiful imagery, raw and introspective, and a fun and relatable journey. We can all live a little more adventurously! Admitted, I was frustrated by the authors lack of insight into the opportunity to adventure with children. I am a 26-year-old mother, and I have three children. I have taken my five-year-old, two-year-old, and three week old baby hiking through the mountains. I have even done solo day hikes, carrying my baby strapped to my chest, and my two-year-old and a hiking backpack, with all of the gear strapped around him. If I can carry 65 pounds of children on my back for a day of splashing through creeks and climbing over rocks, surely Alastair Humphreys can introduce his own children to adventure. Strap the kids to your back and go!!

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  • Peter Marshall
  • 10-09-19

One of the best travel / adventure books out there

I love this book. Open, honest, and heartfelt. This is one I will keep coming back to.

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  • Ryan B
  • 28-07-19

A beautiful and inspiring book

I loved this book even more than I thought I would. I was expecting an entertaining travelogue that would motivate me to go on a trip of my own, and Alastair definitely met that expectation. But I was happily surprised with how much time he spent discussing the challenges of balancing the “selfish” life of adventuring with aging, being married, working a job and having a family. He goes into great detail about his personal struggles with, what felt like, a life devolving into domestic mediocrity. It was encouraging to see, almost in real time, him working through his conflicting desires for happiness as he pivots from “living life for the next adventure” to “living an adventurous life”. This is a great read for anyone who has wanderlust, and required reading for anyone in a mid-life or transitional period.

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  • Katie
  • 07-07-19

Another adventure with Al

I’m so glad Al’s books have finally started to come to audible. I have enjoyed reading every single one (including his kids books to my classroom). His story about balancing work, life, adventure, and family really hit home with me. I sympathize with his selfishness of adventure and freedom yet wanting to be a family man. Thank you for writing this book Al!

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  • Justin Brown
  • 04-06-19

it was a good book

but please give us a more gentle ending. I want to know more about your life and your miss. the ending came too quick. I'm interested in your new life.