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    • Paris to the Pyrenees

    • A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James
    • By: David Downie
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 17

    Driven by curiosity, wanderlust, and health crises, David Downie and his wife set out from Paris to walk across France to the Pyrenees. Starting on the Rue Saint-Jacques then trekking 750 miles south to Roncesvalles, Spain, their eccentric route takes 72 days on Roman roads and pilgrimage paths - a 1,100-year-old network of trails leading to the sanctuary of Saint James the Greater. It is best known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela - "The Way" for short. The object of any pilgrimage is an inward journey manifested in a long, reflective walk. For Downie, the inward journey met the outer one: a combination of self-discovery and physical regeneration.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Keep Walking,,,There's nothing to hear here...

    • By KJM on 02-03-17

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Paris, Paris

    • Journey into the City of Light
    • By: David Downie
    • Narrated by: Max Winter
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Élysées to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens, and the aristocratic Île Saint-Louis midstream in the Seine.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great preparation for a trip to Paris

    • By LB on 07-11-14

    Regular price: $20.97

    • A Passion for Paris

    • Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light
    • By: David Downie
    • Narrated by: Jean Brassard
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Abounding in secluded, atmospheric parks, artists' studios, cafes, restaurants, and streets little changed since the 1800s, Paris exudes romance. The art and architecture, the cityscape, riverbanks, and the unparalleled quality of daily life are part of the equation. But the city's allure derives equally from hidden sources: querulous inhabitants, a bizarre culture of heroic negativity, and a rich historical past supplying enigmas, pleasures, and challenges.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A disappointment after Paris, Paris

    • By ABrooks on 03-21-16

    Regular price: $24.95