What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim

A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela
Narrated by: Jane Christmas
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Travel & Tourism, Europe
3.9 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

To celebrate her 50th birthday and face the challenges of midlife, Jane Christmas joins 14 women to hike the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Despite a psychic's warning of catfights, death, and a sexy, fair-haired man, Christmas soldiers on. After a week of squabbles, the group splinters, and the real adventure begins. In vivid, witty style, she recounts her battles with loneliness, hallucinations of being joined by Steve Martin, as well as picturesque villages and even the fair-haired man. What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim is one trip neither the author nor the listener will forget.

©2007 Jane Christmas (P)2015 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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LISTEN TO THIS BOOK if you like irreverent humor!

If you're looking for a travel guide, or a new-agey uber positive account of the Camino de Santiago, this is probably not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you can appreciate a sharp, irreverent sense of humor and don't mind the occasional swear word, then you will enjoy this brutally honest description of the trials and tribulations Jane Christmas encountered when she took a very long walk on a whim.

To celebrate her 50th birthday, Jane Christmas announced (on CBC radio) that she was going to walk the Camino de Santiago. Admittedly, she didn't have a firm idea of what this might entail at the time. Nor did she foresee the reaction her announcement would engender. Soon, a group of women had contacted her wanting to join in the fun.



Things sort of snowballed from there, and Jane found herself leading a group of middle-aged women along this pilgrimage. Given that Jane is intolerant of stupidity and shallowness, she soon found the dynamics of the group difficult to bear and eventually she broke off from the group to go it alone. That solved some problems, but also confronted Jane with new issues to overcome, including loneliness and the sheer discomfort of such a long walk. 



Her observations are sharp and sometimes less than kind, but Jane is also aware of her own shortcomings, too. The author narrated it herself. Her other memoirs ("The Pelee Project," "Incontinent on the Continent" and "And Then There Were Nuns") were narrated by actors. Some might prefer the professional narration, but I liked both - it is fun to hear her voice her own work.

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Don't listen to this book

Sadly I found this very disturbing, so much that I may change my plans to walk the Camino. The author is self absorbed, vicious and angry the entire journey. I kept thinking she would find redemption. I was wrong.

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Discouraging..

This is one of the most depressing books on the Camino. I almost became discouraged about my trip next year after reading the author's account. But after reading other books and accounts, I am again expecting the Camino to be a much more diverse and enriching experience.

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Too much negativity

I had to stop listening about 2/3 of the way through because the author is way too negative. Up to that point she had complained about everything and everyone along the Camino and I was tired of listening to her call everyone names and complain about wanting to quit every day.

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Anti patriot

I anti American snooty Canadian banter throughout this book was disgusting. Furthered by the authors general bad attitude, judgmental nature and general emotional ugliness. I finished listening hoping to hear a point that she had an AH HA moment. Where she would realize that her negativity and hateful way of being was wrong. But alas, she didn’t.

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Really negative story telling....it's a downer

What would have made What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim better?

The author is such a negative judgmental person....I believe she was just being honest about her experience, and I am sorry to say but she just is not a likable person.....I believe she thinks she is funny, but she really is just mean. I don't want to upset the author...I do not know her and am probably wrong about her, but in this book, she is a mean judgmental wanna be princess. I'm sure her other books are great, I mean getting published sounds tough...but this book is a complete negative experience. All she does is complain about everything and everyone...literally. That's all this book is.

What could Jane Christmas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not have written it

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I'm not sure there was anything that could have improved it unless it was rewritten.

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

Anger and disappointment. I have read about 4 other Camino books, or diaries and most of them are quite entertaining, but this one was a really negative experience. I found myself mostly thinking that this woman needed to be put in her place, she seems to think she is some special someone who is misunderstood....however, she is just mean, judgmental and it sounds like she was spoiled.

Any additional comments?

I am sorry for writing such a nasty review, it goes against my usual " live and let live" philosophy, but I was hoping for a personal growth or at least a nice travel diary from this pilgrimage journal, but wow was she mean, maybe her humor just doesn't come across well in the writing, but jeez, what a downer she was.

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An Intimate Expose of Jane's Camino

I initially found myself wondering about Jane's cynical discriptive of her Camino experience. This said however her story is timeless, completely applicable even today. Her daily escapades kept me captivated and I must say that her Camino ended up being a thoroughly enjoyable read. Thanks for taking me along! A definite should read prior to embarking upon your own Camino adventure.

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Hours of whining and sarcasm

I purchased this audiobook because I have an interest in making the journey myself so I’ve been listening to every experience. I can’t tell if the author was thinking her whining and incessant disrespectful sarcasm were to add humor? If you want to learn about the Camino and not just listen to a woman whining about other people, skip this one. It was as the author says time and again: disappointing.

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Must read for peregrinas

I'm getting ready for my first Camino and I was so happy to find this book. Jane is a woman after my heart. She's practical, a little cynical but with a great sense of humor. I totally enjoyed her journey and can't wait to start mine.

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Entertaining and inspiring

We are considering walking The Camino and chose this book at random out of the many offered. I loved this book! The author shared her adventure with humor and colorful stories. I am more inclined to head out on Camino now after listening to her book and I loved that she narrated it. I was sad when it ended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-17

Enjoy this book

This book is full of story and well recorded. It gives me cue of the Camino that I would like to do one day by myself. Recommend it.

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  • cazza
  • 09-05-16

brilliant

loved the honesty and quirky way your story was told thank you as I start planning my own camino adventure

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  • Adriana
  • 10-07-18

Aggravating

The lack of tolerance of the women of each other and the approaching of the Camino was painful to hear. So different to my experience which was peaceful and enriching through meeting people on the way, without the agenda of the women in the book (trying to find a man). I would not advise anyone to do the Camino as a group. Alone or with 2 gives, I think, the best experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-18

Easy listening - story better than performance

Read this as I wanted a ‘human’ take on walking the Camino St Frances rather than a travelogue. Found the story ok but not enough on the places experienced - a bit self-self-self heavy. The author read the story and, whilst she has a lovely accent (Canadian) and the timbre is ok...I didn’t warm to her somewhat theatrical reading which rendered a lot of the text to sound like it was being exclaimed.

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  • caya
  • 09-16-16

A must if you are thinking of walking the Camino

One of my ambitions is to walk the Camino and I think this book has prepared me for the reality of it. It is interesting to listen to the ups and downs of the authors walk. She seems to cope with the actual walking remarkably well, and I'm sure that this would not be the case for everyone. But for me the interesting part was the descriptions of the scenery and fellow travellers, crowded pilgrim hostels and their owners! I think it prepares you for what to expect on the route she chose and to perhaps adapt your plans accordingly!

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  • Bronwyn
  • 04-10-17

Ughhhh

Doesn't do any research before she leaves - complains about being unprepared for the whole trip.

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  • Dianne
  • 02-22-19

What a journey!

Absolutely loved listening to your story. I hope my Camino in April is as enlightening. Thank you Jane.

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  • Penelope Sword
  • 03-18-18

A Courageous told ‘ Midlife Misadventure’

Jane writes a confronting account of her interior journey on the Camino. Her blunt, self centred and at times plain spiteful reflections tell the story of a woman much wounded by life. Jane tells her tale as she sees it, albeit viewed entirely through the fractured lens of past experience. Unprepared in many ways for her self imposed undertaking to lead a large group of ‘woman of a certain age’ on the Camino Frances, Jane nonetheless gives a frank, honest account of her misadventures. Being a fellow peregrina, there were times when I could relate to Jane’s experiences and times when I could not. Such is life on Camino. I both cringed and giggled my way through her tale. I would recommend you have a read.