Blanket of Stars: Thru-Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Travel Adventures, Volume 1
Narrated by: C.W. Lockhart
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Travel & Tourism
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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Story was engrossing, quality not great

SPOILERS INCLUDED; CONTENT WARNING

While I enjoyed the story of her thru hike, the recording quality was not what I've done to respect from audible. I tried my phone speaker, Bluetooth speaker, car stereo and tablet but it was the recording. After a while, you stop noticing it but for the first few chapters, it really pulled me out of the story. The narrator mispronounced many words, such as saying douched instead of doused. She includes flashbacks to her childhood, which were a nice component but also an extremely detailed rape memory in section 10.

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Loved it!

So many stories in one. I can relate to the crown and many other thoughts in this book.

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Inspirational

Great stories and fun to listen, learned about the journey that will not end. Will listen again

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Poorly recorded, sounded like the narrator was in a cave. Just ok for a story written by a someone who teaches writing at a university level. If you want to endure thru her rape memory then this is your story. Frequently Lockhart's story sounded more like what audio descriptions are on TV then she redeemed herself with some brilliant moments of literary imagination. Hard to listen to. Not the quality recording I come to expect from Audible. I am not going to put myself thru Lockhart's volume 2.

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once again a female complaining bla bla bla

Annoying book to listen to. don't listen. Its too much whining and too little story...

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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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  • 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