Paris to the Pyrenees

  • by David Downie
  • Narrated by P. J. Ochlan
  • 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. More than 200,000 pilgrims take the highly commercialized Spanish route annually, but few cross France. Downie had a goal: to go from Paris to the Pyrenees on age-old trails, making the pilgrimage in his own maverick way.

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Keep Walking,,,There's nothing to hear here...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Content: Well researched and knowledgeable on French history and politics, but this material overwhelms much of the other reasons that people might want to read the book. Kept hanging on for some form of personal breakthrough/ epiphany that I could take away with me, but alas, there was none.

Enthusiasm: The audiobook (through no fault of the narrator) conveys the passion of an automobile operating manual.

Optimism: Lighten up on the portrayal of everyone/everything (residents, politics, religion). You need to keep on walking if you're still this detached and cynical. Life lessons are still in front of you.


Would you ever listen to anything by David Downie again?

Sincerely doubt so.


What three words best describe P. J. Ochlan’s performance?

Best delivery possible (given the material).


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

Disappointment, Irritation


Any additional comments?

Remove from the Camino section. VERY MISLEADING.

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- KJM

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.