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Publisher's Summary

Phil Cousineau's lifetime of pilgrimage has taken him from the depths of lost jungles to the heights of the human soul, always with passion, curiosity, warmth, wisdom and humor. And in this little golden guide, he brings us along with him. This is an experience not to be missed, for any reason.
©2000 Phil Cousineau (P)2009 Phoenix

Critic Reviews

"Thinking of those who intend to embark on a journey with a deep purpose, Cousineau explores why travelers plan trips and then, upon getting to their destination, have a sense of unfulfilled expectation. Cousineau suggests that this disappointment results from the way travelers engage with the place, not the site itself. Stories, anecdotes, quotes, vignettes, and practical suggestions from travelers and pilgrims throughout history create a guide to building a personal journey by learning to slow down and linger, savor, and absorb each stage - from the first strands of desire to travel through the journey to the return. To help the reader get involved, Cousineau includes a series of meditations and imagination exercises." ( Library Journal)
"Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.'s, voice is soft and evocative of the traveler who is enchanted with all that he sees and experiences, lending credence to the work. From planning the trip, to going there (whether in your armchair or for real), Zimbalist's delivery will inspire you to think and experience the world around you more fully." ( AudioFile)

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  • Leona
  • Sun City Center, FL, USA
  • 05-24-10

Travleling with an open heart

Listening to this audiobook enhanced my travel experiences one hundred-fold. I became aware of subtle movements, changes, and my daily itinerary in a very open way. Chapters include why we choose one place over another, how to travel like a pilgrim in search of new experiences, arrival, and accepting the reality of what happens rather than being miserable if something is not as you thought it would be. Highly recommended for travelers who go with an open heart and want more than just what a guide book will offer

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good narrator, useless book

This book was written by a white man feigning intersectional spirituality. Every other phrase is a useless anecdote or a quote pulled from some other literary source. Totally disingenuous, bad advice for how to live an out-of-touch, super-privileges life. Loved the narrator though.

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Fine book, sloppy pronunciation

The narrator was pleasant to listen to until he mispronounced proper names, like Thich Nhat Han. Cringe-worthy. Do your homework!

The messages of the book were pretty good, but didn't keep my attention a lot. There was an undercurrent of unexamined privilege in a white American man telling others how to travel. This was a little annoying. In general I gained a helpful perspective/orientation to travel by putting it in a lens of sacred pilgrimage.

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  • David Schutz
  • 05-08-18

50% wisdom and 50% sentimentality

This is basically a broad anthology of various individuals' ideas and feelings about travel as "pilgrimage", with the author's own insights thrown in for good measure. In any such collection of random ponderings, there are bound to be some true and helpful insights.

But in general, I found a great deal of it to be utter sentimentality. Being a pilgrim is nine tenths sweat and toil and meeting the practical demands of the journey. But this book focuses on the poetic and aesthetic aspects. The author talks a lot about the importance of "spirituality", but shies away from anything too religious (especially if it is orthodox Christianity!).

In terms of the audio production, the reader reads well and expressively, but it is very often unclear whether you are hearing the voice of the author or of one of the many people he is quoting.