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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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  • Sam Kaiser
  • 07-01-2020

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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  • Avoidposson
  • 28-10-2020

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
  • 06-10-2020

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
  • 16-08-2020

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
  • 21-06-2020

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
  • 29-05-2020

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
  • 14-05-2020

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.

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  • greig johnston
  • 18-11-2019

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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  • Chris
  • 14-10-2019

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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  • BooMama
  • 04-10-2020

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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  • David
  • 16-12-2020

Inspirational , fantastic, heroic, effin amazing

Didn't want it to end, I loved every minute, well written and read by one very special man, a great example of strength of character, I felt his struggle and joys.

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  • charliekneecap
  • 14-12-2020

Thank you Alastair

At 56 years young , this book has lit a fire in me as it has countless others , i did not want it to end just bloody brilliant .

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  • Robert Doyle
  • 12-12-2020

Loved it listening on the road

Listened whilst on the road myself over a couple month's travel. Havnt enjoyed an audiobook as much as this. Excellent story and so well narrated by alistair himself u can really feel his experiences as he recounts them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2020

Fantastic!

What a great book, couldn’t stop listening. An epic adventure, well narrated by Alastair. Cant recommend enough. Thank you for 20 hours of adventure and humour. 👍😂

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  • David Filce
  • 07-12-2020

Incredible Audiobook

I hadn't heard of Alastair prior to this book. but now he is an inspiration. Okay I'm a bit over the tripping round the world age, but his story leaves me wanting to simply go somewhere not to far, and not so uncomfortable , and somewhat milder in temperature and have a little adventure. Thank you And the, I realised I had heard of Alastair before. Two weeks before I listened to this audio book, I bought, for my partner's wanderlust son, a book about Microadventures. In this big old world, it can also be small coincidental world. Alastair, thank you again

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  • Nigel
  • 07-12-2020

GREAT but not unsurprisingly, a long long listen

A great reflection on the authors find yourself adventure. It captures his 4 year journey circumventing the globe with the surprises and people he encountered. I enjoyed but it's a very long listen and personally I struggled to concentrate due to the duration and looked forward to the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2020

My all time favourite - Move over Michael Palin

I could and have, listened to this adventure time and time again. It's the most amazing recount of the journey of a lifetime. Alastair's sense of humour and understanding and learning of other cultures makes this the most entertaining and educational "read". I just wish that he'll do more, even if just around the UK.

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