• Blanket of Stars: Thru-Hiking the Camino de Santiago

  • Travel Adventures, Volume 1
  • By: C.W. Lockhart
  • Narrated by: C.W. Lockhart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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By: C.W. Lockhart
Narrated by: C.W. Lockhart
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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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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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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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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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A true journey.

Thank you for sharing such a deep, vulnerable, funny and real account of not only your time on the camino, but also how your life intertwined into the story. I really enjoyed the structure and pace of it. I gave it 5 stars all around, because it kept me engaged and interested in each part of the journey.

I think this would be a good read/listen for anyone interested in a real account of the Camino, and anyone on the cusp of personal enlightenment or self-assessment.

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Very entertaining

I'm personally walking the Camino in a few months this year to celebrate my 40th New year. Listening to her story was not only entertaining, funny and vulnerable, but informative which is what I was hoping for. I've def many notes on things I must not forget.
thank you C.W for sharing your amazing story, i can't wait to share mine. i loved your narration as well!

Buen Camino

Johanna

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Walk to find your true north

I loved this book. Couldn’t stop reading. The author is candid and raw and gives perspective to life at a time that is just right for my own personal journey. Thank you for sharing your story.

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the best Camino book yet!

I loved this book! My 3rd book about it and this one really touched my 💜❤️❤️❤️

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Well Done

I absolutely enjoyed traveling the Camino with Lockhart through this book! Her voice was pleasant and she was really good at copying the accents of her fellow pilgrims. She seems to have had a beautiful journey and I found it inspirational. This is my 4th book about the Camino and I pray that I am able to experience it myself one day.

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I loved this audible book!

The descriptive and candid pilgrimage of CW Lockhart was so comforting. This may sound weird but it just makes me want to learn more about my new friend. I realized then, and even more so having completed this audible while in the comfort of my hot tub, just how fortunate I am. I now have a clue - I didn’t before and had no idea what to expect when CW mentioned to me she had written a book. CW is truly an inspiration and I look forward to more from my talented friend, not only in her writings, but her grace and honest talks we’ve had into the nights of Studio 6. What a lovely story, you made me smile.

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Loved every minute!

This memoir from the Camino is excellent. I'm sure I will relisten to it again. The author captured both her experience and the fellow pilgrims with color, heart and honesty.

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  • andrew
  • 01-30-20

This was not really a story about the Camino

This was not a story about the Camino

As with many books about the Camino Way, its about the person walking and what they feel rather than the walk, and the facts about the walk. C W Lockhart managed to take this to another level, this was not about self discovery, this was about self pity, mixed with a chance to tell her life story. The woman comes across as a hypochondriac, the illness she suffers from and all the different traits of feeling ill. The pain of the walk, the pain of the cycle ride the pain of this.
What really hit me through this, is just about every person she became friends with runs away from her. And yet at no point does she examine this or really cover it. there is a part when a friend moves on, I had to revisit that chapter to try discover what happened, and there was nothing. This happened twice more.

She comes across to me as someone you really do not want to meet on the Camino. Shes often describes herself as a Camino Mama. i will leave you to read what her won sons might think of that.

There is a plus side, i could not stop reading, I really do not know why

I liked the way she took to Spanish food, to the Spanish people, and the fact she was prepared to mix with the culture.

However she starts the walk as a true peregrina and by the end you are sick of that word, then she gets to the point where in my opinion she loses the purpose of the walk. (I will not spoil the story)

This is the only book on the subject where there has been an issue with bed bugs, lucky our heroine is prepared, as she is for most things except the fact that she is going to walk.

There is one part of the book, where she describes an American mother and daughter, it is just like the scene from a book of an american daughter and mother in another book on the Camino Way, at this point I started to doubt half of this book s true.
The characters and the story, start to sound like a story. Not a book about one woman walk along the way.

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  • Miss Roslyn J Mcgarry
  • 03-03-22

Great camini thru hike tale - needs trigger warnin

I loved this story of a fellow pilgrim's trek. Was left feeling jarred and sick with unexpected historical rape story out of nowhere in the middle. An undoubtedly important part of Lockharts personal story but was it was triggering when it unexpectedly derailed my tranquil story time, my time for being in my 'happy space' and getting in right mindset for work / sleep etc. perhaps a mention of this in book description.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-21

wonderful

have listened to this several times ,love the honesty and the journey .and the voice is perfect .
still deciding on which route to take for my first Camino .

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  • 02-06-22

Camino Dreaming

Great story. I did find the narrator a little whinny and annoying at times but still, a beautiful journey through the Camino.

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  • Mark Walsh
  • 12-16-21

Honest, raw and at times unfiltered

Blanket of Stars is a Camino memoir by American C.W. Lockhart. As the author walks the Camino Frances from Pamplona to Santiago, she confronts anxiety, trauma and fear as well as the physical challenges that come with walking and cycling this ancient path. The account is full of vulnerability and humour and the writing is raw and unfiltered, with the author holding little back about herself and others. Whilst this is often engaging, it can also be challenging and may put some readers off. The book is available as a paperback, ebook and as an audio-book read by the author, which I listed to.

Typical of most Camino memoirs, Lockhart tells the tale stage by stage, revealing other details of her life to give the reader a better sense of the challenges and trauma that she carries with her along the way. A constant refrain throughout the book is “resetting”, be it to regain her emotional equilibrium, ditch a walking companion, or when she is ditched by others. Each of these minor resets eventually leads to a major life reset for the author, who describes walking as: “good medicine” and “the perfect medium for finding and maintaining equilibrium.”

Lockhart also spends time confronting “Camino Purist Syndrome”, though thankfully she is more judgemental of herself than she is of others. She occasionally fast forwards, choosing not to walk some parts of the journey and sends her bag ahead to preserve her stamina and her feet. In a very humorous section, she even hires a bike with another pilgrim to cut down her time on the Meseta, but finds this much harder than walking. I quite enjoyed the flexibility she allowed herself and the ways in which she was able to keep herself and others going.

Lockhart walks with the mantra, “I will greet each pilgrim with love and kindness in my heart”, and although she is tested at times, she mostly lives up to this aspiration. Characters like Luke, an Australian pilgrim, are depicted with all their flaws and moral ambiguity, yet also with some sympathy. Raul, however, is another matter all together. These shadows aside, the tale is punctuated with regular acts of human kindness particularly from locals living along the Camino who regularly surprise the author with their generosity. Lockhart meets numerous Camino Angels and is an engel herself to others.

Whilst I found C.W. Lockhart a difficult companion to begin with, I was gradually drawn into her transformation and glad I didn’t do a reset and ditch her to walk with someone else. Day by day, Lockhart achieves both a sense of physical and psychological balance, eventually feeling “safe and happy and grateful.” A colourful ensemble cast accompanies Lockhart on her journey, sometimes providing cameos and other times as recurring characters, as she moves in and out of the endless stream of pilgrims and tourists making their way to Santiago de Compostela.

This is a journey that is ultimately unfinished, even though Lockhart reaches Santiago and attends the Pilgrim mass. Lockhart understands the importance of the journey and that Santiago is merely an end, not THE END. In her won words: “I did not walk into Santiago today to end my pilgrimage. I am not attending mass to check the last box on my peregrino-to-do list. For me, there is no end. And for this, I am profoundly grateful.”

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  • Trevor Cowan-Clark
  • 05-10-20

Mono tone and boring.

I found the author to be a self centred and have an approach that many take, maybe should have realised that before going, very negative approach.

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  • NADIA
  • 03-17-20

i really loved this booked,

really loved this booked and although I am not intending to walk the frances I loved her voice her tone and her journey

highly recommended