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Blanket of Stars: Thru-Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Travel Adventures, Volume 1
Narrated by: C.W. Lockhart
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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An unlikely pilgrim battles agoraphobia to reclaim life beyond the sofa. The 800-kilometer journey along the Camino Frances provides a scenic backdrop to ponder midlife crisis and chronic illness, an empty nest and marital discord, military service and post-traumatic stress, rage and grief, heartbreak and fear - and the way forward. 

El Camino de Santiago, known fondly as "The Way", is a matrix of trails with starting points across Europe leading to the sacred relics of Saint James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Often considered a Catholic pilgrimage, this ancient route predates Christianity. The Way continues to evolve, attracting spiritual seekers with and without religion, thru-hikers, fitness junkies, history buffs, and the curious. 

Armed with humor, grit, and a backpack named Little Agnus, Lockhart tackles emotional and physical obstacles, shares adventures with pilgrims from all over the world, mothers traveling teens, endures blisters and bicycle seats, and embraces the glory of Mother Nature and the intrinsic spirituality of peregrination. She finds herself transcending from a human being on a spiritual quest to a spiritual being on a human quest.

©2018 C.W. Lockhart (P)2018 C.W. Lockhart

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  • A. Leslee
  • 03-03-19

Highly recommend

I'm a little addicted to Camino books, and this is one of the best I've read (heard). It's very well written and authentic. The author shows courage and determination as she battles her own personal demons. Her journey 'rang true'. You will feel like you're right beside her, rooting her on. There was never a dull moment, a well crafted story. I looked forward to my morning walks (when I listen to audibles) and was sorry when this one was done.

The quality of the audible sounded professional to me.

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  • Karyn
  • 23-02-19

Great story, enjoyed sharing the adventure.

Thoroughly enjoyed the narrative. This was my first book about the Camino de Santiago. I liked the story, and enjoyed the weaving of the author’s two journeys - the Camino and her personal exploration.
The author’s performance was great, the low rating for performance has to do with the sound, through your the sound is more echoey and a bit tinny at times than most other books. The volume fluctuates also. Neither of these stopped me though. I was addicted to the journey and listened every chance I had.

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  • GoodnSimple
  • 04-04-19

With Spirit, but not dogma.

The author reads this herself, don’t give up on her. In the beginning she is monotone and breathes in all the wrong places, but much like walking the Camino, she soon hits her stride. Her voice becomes more inflective and warm and she even does different voices and accents fairly well. I appreciated her willingness to share her anxiety and growth, although she showed At least three people much more grace than I wanted her to. Peace and blessings.

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