I've walked the Camino de Santiago 500 miles from southern France, across mountains, to the Atlantic. I'm about to set out on a 350 mile European Peace Walk from Austria to Italy. So much of Cheryl's story resonated with me. I knew her lessons because I'd learned many of them myself. I also walked alone.
This is beautifully written and performed. I'll listen to it over and over.
If you are looking for a book to take you into someone else's life this is the book for you. Descriptive and real the story will take you not only through Cheryl's trek but also her personal life. It provides an opportunity for the reader to reflect on their own life but also to understand and feel the pain, joys and triumphs of another.
In some ways the book reminds me of Eat Pray Love. The journey of self-discovery.
No, great story, but once was enough. Lots of good books out there.
The narrator is really, really horrible. She changes her voice to make the characters sound different from each other, which may or may not in itself be a good idea, but what is so offensive about her performance is that she makes all the male characters sound like sleazy molesters and all the women like frail little girls on the brink of tears. At some point she tries to do a Swiss accent that sounds terrible, and more Russian if anything at all. The narration really detracts from the book. A lot.
Although it was hard to get into, the story does pick up, but with lots of detail throughout. Teaches you important lessons, such as enjoying the journey that you are on, having the journey be the reward, and not a path to said reward.
Women are strong
Cheryl, of course, because she had a goal that wasn't easy, she was ill equipped and pretty much uninformed, yet she never gave up.