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Zoe, a sometime artist from California, has recently lost her husband. Martin, an engineer from Yorkshire, is alone after a messy divorce. Both have ended up in Cluny, central France, on a separate journey to walk the Camino: 2,000 kilometres to Santiago, in northwestern Spain.

The Camino changes you, it's said. It's a chance to find a new version of yourself. But can these two very different people find each other?

©2018 Graeme Simsion, 2018 Anne Buist (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Even better than reading the book

I first read the book a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely but I think listening to this audio book is even better!

The two narrators were perfect for how I imagined Zoe and Martin to be 😀👍😎

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  • Trevor Cowan-Clark
  • 02-16-21

Memories came back

Thank you, the story took me back to my first walk in 2013 and the friendships that were made and still survive and grow to this day.

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  • Rady Gurl
  • 05-30-19

Didn’t love it didn’t hate it!

A bit slow going. Sometimes frustrated with story line and characters. Good ending. Overall a pleasant experience.

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  • Fmfliss
  • 05-04-19

Fun, thoughtful, and motivating

The story grew on me. Initially I “didn’t like “ Zoe, and was unsure if I would continue listening. However as it progressed I be came engrossed and looked forward to hearing some more. I now believe that this was in someway almost a parallel of where the characters were personally, their unease with themselves and their lives, relationships. As they grew my connection to them grew, and like them I undertook some introspection. So lots of layers to enjoy. I didn’t choose the book on its subject , the Carmine, but now am looking forward to finding more about it, and other trails.

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  • stephen
  • 07-19-21

Enter the Camino de Santiago!!

I so enjoyed this book and wished I had had the opportunity to walk this trail. It was a lovely jaunt to take with Zoe and Martin, hearing about the view, the hostels, the food, the people even in a fictional way. I immediately downloaded the follow up.

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  • Douglas
  • 07-11-21

Fun and creative story

Loving this story, written from point of view of two people who keep crossing paths along the French Camino, their opinions of each other and their encounters with many characters on the way. Almost a romance, but is it? I'm near the end and can't wait to find out if they get together.

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-12-21

Camino Calling

What a delightful tale of life and life's signposts. What a brilliant way to deal with grief and upheavel... walking. The romantic tension and relationships were played out in a realistic yet almost teachable moment way, which I think was a bonus from having the co author as a psychiatrist. I enjoyed the listen - although I took a while to cope with the American accent - and especially appreciated the author's notes at the end discussing the merits to walking Camino honouring the pilgrimage according to your own needs. Having friends complete it or sections thereof, I cannot ever picture myself carrying a heavy pack and enduring poor quality sleep... I'm a hypersensitive sleeper and do need my rest. The walking sounds amazing though! I love the idea of spending 2 nights in some places and having the freedom to explore and just be in the moment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-21

Warm and Fuzzy

It took me a while to not find the characters irritating. But towards the end everything came together well and I was left with a wholesoom good feeling.

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  • Louise Brasted
  • 05-06-21

Two Steps Forward

This story was great I really enjoyed the narration of both narrators all but Jeromes attempt at a 17 year old Brazilian girl, not cool at all, story sparks a feeling of wouldn’t it be fun to attempt a walk/pilgrimage of sorts 🥴

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-20

Inspirational...

It took a while to get into this with all the various characters. Yet I persisted and found it both inspirational and entertaining.
As someone who dreams of doing such a walk, I found that it has given me hope of doing so.
At the end I really wanted the story to be real!
Highly recommend...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-20

Enjoyable

Really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Would recommend it to anyone thinking of doing the camino.