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Walking the Camino Audiobook

Walking the Camino: A Modern Pilgrimage to Santiago

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Publisher's Summary

In May 2006, armed only with a small rucksack and a staff, Tony Kevin, an overweight, sedentary, 63-year-old former diplomat, set off on an eight-week trek across Spain. But this was not just a very long walk - it was a pilgrimage.

From Granada, in the southeast, to Santiago de Compostela, in the far northwest, Tony followed the Via Mozarabe and the Via de la Plata, two of the many pilgrim trails that crisscross Spain and Portugal and that all lead to a single destination. In the Middle Ages, the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela was Europe’s most famous centre of pilgrimage, and in recent years it has enjoyed a remarkable revival; every day towards noon, hundreds of hot, tired, and dusty pilgrims stream into Santiago Cathedral for the daily Pilgrim’s Mass.

What, in our busy, materialistic 21st century, is this apparently anachronistic phenomenon all about? What drives tens of thousands of people of all nationalities and creeds to make long, exhausting walks across the cold mountains and hot tablelands of Spain, to take part finally in a medieval Christian liturgy of spiritual renewal and reconciliation with God?

Walking the Camino beautifully captures the flavour of what it was like to walk the camino, and is filled with fascinating observations and anecdotes about the nature of contemporary Spain. And because pilgrimage is such a deeply personal experience that has the potential to unlock the deepest recesses of hidden memory and conscience, it is also a profound personal meditation on the nature of modern life.

It will be of interest to people who contemplate making, or who have made this walk; to those interested in the politics and culture of contemporary Spain; and indeed anyone who appreciates fine travel writing.

Tony Kevin served in the Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister's departments over a 30-year period, and was Australia's ambassador to Poland and Cambodia. His other award-winning book is A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X

©2008 Tony Kevin (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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    Douglas Worrell 01-09-15
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    "Bravo! Bravo!"
    Would you listen to Walking the Camino again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to this book at least 3 times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Best book on the Camino Pilgrimage. History of Spain, history of the pilgrimage over the years, the variuos camino routes, how to do it, gear, practical tips, good visuals, best exposition on the external and internal experience. A must read or hear for any potential pilgrim or vicariuos pilgrim. I love this book!


    What about James Millar’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice, keeps it interesting, I think he captures the voice of the author very well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    God and man in Spain.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like was there with the author.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    suellen j darblay 03-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Happy I hung in there!"

    When I first began this book, I was a little put off by the narrators slow and somewhat monotonous tone of speech, but I kept going because I wanted to hear the story. I am about to embark on my own Camino, and I'm enjoying all the different stories that are available. This writer did a different route than what I am planning, so I wasn't into the details of the specific villages, albergues, etc. Over time I grew accustomed to the speech, and even quite fond of it. I found the last few chapters to be the most enlightening and inspirational for me, but felt that I benefitted most by being with him thru the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coach Rupert 04-09-15
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    "Lovely with the odd dry spell."

    A well written book with some really interesting bits. There is the odd passage where the Spanish is read out that were too long for my liking but generally a small price to pay. Maybe 5% detraction and well worth persevering through.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-14-15
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    "About more than just the pilgrimage."

    I very much enjoyed it, and am listening again. Ruminations on country, faith, humanity, purpose.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzie Humphreys Texas, USA 11-30-16
    Suzie Humphreys Texas, USA 11-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Using the Camino as an excuse to show off his skills as a historian"

    Horrible! Started out great lyrical and I expected great depth. Got half way through and felt misled, scammed! The Camino is the story. Not the authors take on history!😱

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    Tim Daniels 11-22-16
    Tim Daniels 11-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not really about the Camino"
    What disappointed you about Walking the Camino?

    It is a good book if you are interested in the author's view on Global Warming, Geo-political issues, world history etc.Less about the camino then I liked.


    What could Tony Kevin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Should have been called something else.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by James Millar?

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    exasperation.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Sproul 08-21-16
    J. Sproul 08-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much politics"

    I could have been a good story without the Anglo self hating diversions. Too bad he could not find peace on the Camino

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    R. Easterling Honduras, C.A. 11-14-15
    R. Easterling Honduras, C.A. 11-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm Ready!"

    Tony was about the same age as I am. I feel something missing and think this would be a good place to find it. I enjoy his spiritual connections.

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    J Davis 11-12-15
    J Davis 11-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Honest, personal account of one man's pilgrimage"

    I enjoyed the author's honesty and openness. I found him to be very humble. He added a significant amount of history and cultural observances to help the reader grasp a fuller picture of the areas he travelled. I honestly would have enjoyed a little less detailed history and more daily experience - but I was looking for a little lighter read and something to "take me there" rather than teach me about the various historic and political details. However, it was well written and enjoyable. This would be a good reference for one planning their own pilgrimage or a trip to these regions of Spain. I enjoyed the author's spiritual openness with his faith and learning about his growth along the Camino.

    I typically like to read books narrated by the author, but I thought this was well done. I would read other books narrated by James Miller.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 02-19-15
    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 02-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Bad choice!"

    So horribly boring! It's all over the place. Quite depressing. Worse book of 2015 so far. I need to pick up another book, NOW, to get rid of the bad taste this book has left.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Ok"

    Chapter 13 don't bother reading, inaccurate diatribe about Catholic Church who according to Mr Kevin have never done anything but good. It was written in 2006 do no excuse.

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  • Alex
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    "Facinating"

    I bought this book as I was interested in finding out more about Walking the Camino.
    I got this and much more. The history of the walk, Spanish history, Spanish politics, Spanish countryside and the towns along the walk. I also got to enjoy the thoughts and experiences of a great writer.
    This Australian writer is fascinating and tells an honest experience.
    Superb book read by a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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