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Publisher's 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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Fantastic and inspiring

Perhaps try eastern Canada next time...? This was great listening during the COVID pandemic when our ability to bike beyond our borders is so limited. Thank you Alastair Humphreys!

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Loved the comments on travels

Alastair makes you giggle when you least expect it. He’s so brave to camp out in the nights, facing the rain and snow and getting in trouble for silly actions. I will listen to this again. He’s doing so much good for charity too.

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Wow! Great book

Wow, Alastair. That's all I can really say! What an amazing feat and adventure.. well written and well narrated. I loved everything about this book!

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  • Sam Kaiser
  • 2020-01-07

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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  • Andy Niewald
  • 2022-08-20

Excellent travel experience

I really enjoy all of Alastair Humphreys’ material. Several years ago I read both books that this audio book is based on and I was very moved by the experience that I felt I could relate to because of his insightful writing style. I’m glad I took the time to listen to this adventure story again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-06-17

Around the world in 20 hours

I always love a good audiobook read by the author. It brings so much more to the story. Author does a great job bringing you along on his journey and does not shy away from his real thoughts as his ride progresses. Definitely recommend.

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  • Scott Shirley
  • 2022-03-12

Fantastic adventure

Every morning as I step onto the treadmill at my local gym I pressed play on this book for my hour long cardio. As I looked out the floor to ceiling windows of the gym I was blessed with the view of the back of a Taco Bell and McDonalds. While my eyes say the world in front of my the story took me mind away to far off lands and memories of my own adventures through life. Such a fantastic tale of travel and adventure. Every morning it made me long to go out and travel again. I will get the opportunity to again soon. I guess it is time to pick my bags and finally see Asia.
Great book and narration. I am sad it is over. For now.
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  • dale shahan
  • 2022-03-05

Amazing adventure

Alastair takes you on a honest journey around the world. The book never seems to slow or get bogged down. Just constant forward motion both on the bike and in this book. Quite enjoyable!

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  • Dariusz
  • 2022-01-19

Alastair, you are my guru!!!!!

This is such an epic story! I have no idea why it is not at the top of travel book rankings. Neither do I have an idea why on two occasions in my life when I was given a clean slate to start it all over again, I failed to hop on my bike and go around the world like Al. The world is suffering from Comfort Crisis (btw. this is a title of another great audiobook) and bicycles can be so good at curing the global disease of 'comfortosis'.

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  • Jo Anna Woodruff
  • 2021-06-23

worth it, but I tuned out a lot

Good narrating. some of the story is interesting. He pontificate a lot, which is boring.

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  • Mike XYZXYZ
  • 2021-06-22

what a story!

this is an incredible story of a young man who set out to "see and experience" the world by bicycle; not just circumnavigate. listening to him tell his story; it will certainly serve as inspiration for my own big adventure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-21

thank you!



way more than just cycling around the globe.
getting to know the world is closer!
and there is the way the story is told. just thank you!

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  • Luis Entique Name Acosta
  • 2021-03-24

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.