Get Your Free Audiobook

Listen with a free trial

A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook free.
1 credit/month after trial—to buy any title you like, yours to keep.
Listen all you want to a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
$16.45 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $29.95

Buy Now for $29.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions Of Use and Privacy Notice and authorise Audible to charge your designated credit card or another available credit card on file.

Publisher's Summary

In May 2006, armed only with a small rucksack and a staff, Tony Kevin, an overweight, sedentary, 63-year-old former diplomat, set off on an eight-week trek across Spain. But this was not just a very long walk - it was a pilgrimage.

From Granada, in the southeast, to Santiago de Compostela, in the far northwest, Tony followed the Via Mozarabe and the Via de la Plata, two of the many pilgrim trails that crisscross Spain and Portugal and that all lead to a single destination. In the Middle Ages, the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela was Europe’s most famous centre of pilgrimage, and in recent years it has enjoyed a remarkable revival; every day towards noon, hundreds of hot, tired, and dusty pilgrims stream into Santiago Cathedral for the daily Pilgrim’s Mass.

What, in our busy, materialistic 21st century, is this apparently anachronistic phenomenon all about? What drives tens of thousands of people of all nationalities and creeds to make long, exhausting walks across the cold mountains and hot tablelands of Spain, to take part finally in a medieval Christian liturgy of spiritual renewal and reconciliation with God?

Walking the Camino beautifully captures the flavour of what it was like to walk the camino, and is filled with fascinating observations and anecdotes about the nature of contemporary Spain. And because pilgrimage is such a deeply personal experience that has the potential to unlock the deepest recesses of hidden memory and conscience, it is also a profound personal meditation on the nature of modern life.

It will be of interest to people who contemplate making, or who have made this walk; to those interested in the politics and culture of contemporary Spain; and indeed anyone who appreciates fine travel writing.

Tony Kevin served in the Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister's departments over a 30-year period, and was Australia's ambassador to Poland and Cambodia. His other award-winning book is A Certain Maritime Incident: the sinking of SIEV X

©2008 Tony Kevin (P)2014 Audible Ltd

What listeners say about Walking the Camino

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    9
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    4
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story, appalling pronunciation.

While the book's plot is interesting, anyone with basic Spanish will cringe at the narrator's terrible pronunciation of Spanish words. Why wasn't a native speaker at least consulted?

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Is it a robot?

the narration is so dry it is boring. really detracts from any storyline that may have been there.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Interesting travel tale with woeful narrator.

Tony Kevin's background as a diplomat is evident in his thoroughly researched tale of his walk of El Camino de Santiago.
Much of it is interesting, if at times laborious, given the rich historical background information included.
However, the narrator is terrible.
He seemingly has NO IDEA of the sound of Spanish words.
Where Kevin has inserted prayers and poems into the book in their native Spanish, for brevity, the narrator butchers them with totally ignorant, unaware and cringe-inducing pronunciation.
I'm talking some of the most basic Spanish words like 'hombre' (he says 'jombre') and chorizo (narrator says 'choritzo', repeatedly), and 100 other words and names I happily - or rather, sadly - forget.
The narrator also is lifeless, bland, monotone. How can you read about the glory of the vistas and architecture Kevin encountered in such flat tone? Sacrilege! It robs the story of its life. I listened to most of the book at 1.5 times speed so as to not be lulled into sleep while driving.
For this native Spanish speaker, this was too much.
It ruins what might have been a very fine book. Purchase at your own peril.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Not much about the Camino .

It was long winded and very little about the Camino more about Spanish living and a history of Spain .tried on a few occasions to get into it but the readers tone was also hard on the ears along with very little about the Camino.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

annoyed me a little

if you want a book about Spanish history than this is for you. If you want a book that is more about walking the camino, find another book.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Quite highbrow

good to dip into but lacking humor . I listened to the serious chapters on politics and self development through religion but in retrospect would have skipped them.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

heartfelt and spiritual

loved it and was sad when it was finished, inspired anew to attempt my own walk someday soon

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

History and Spirituality

Lots of Spanish history to assist in understanding the country you are blessed to walk through (maybe too much for some people)

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Too much religiousity

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Minimise the religious soul searching

Has Walking the Camino put you off other books in this genre?

Nope

What about James Millar’s performance did you like?

The narrator was consistent but somewhat failed to convey any emotion.

Did Walking the Camino inspire you to do anything?

Confirmed my desire to travel to Spain. Maybe not the Camino though.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Suz
  • 30-09-2017

great narrator and the story of the walk was good

I loved most of this book - well written and the narrator was excellent. There was a little too much history detail and I did need to forward past stages that went to historical detail that was exhausting. If history was what you were looking for AND the story of the authors walk of the Camino this book is for you. It was worth forwarding past information that did not hold interest for me as the content was fabulous.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tim Daniels
  • Tim Daniels
  • 22-11-2016

Not really about the Camino

What disappointed you about Walking the Camino?

It is a good book if you are interested in the author's view on Global Warming, Geo-political issues, world history etc.Less about the camino then I liked.

What could Tony Kevin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Should have been called something else.

Would you listen to another book narrated by James Millar?

Maybe

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

exasperation.

Any additional comments?

none

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for jim
  • jim
  • 21-08-2016

Too much politics

I could have been a good story without the Anglo self hating diversions. Too bad he could not find peace on the Camino

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Douglas Worrell
  • Douglas Worrell
  • 09-01-2015

Bravo! Bravo!

Would you listen to Walking the Camino again? Why?

Yes I will listen to this book at least 3 times.

What did you like best about this story?

Best book on the Camino Pilgrimage. History of Spain, history of the pilgrimage over the years, the variuos camino routes, how to do it, gear, practical tips, good visuals, best exposition on the external and internal experience. A must read or hear for any potential pilgrim or vicariuos pilgrim. I love this book!

What about James Millar’s performance did you like?

Clear voice, keeps it interesting, I think he captures the voice of the author very well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

God and man in Spain.

Any additional comments?

I felt like was there with the author.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Coach Rupert
  • Coach Rupert
  • 09-04-2015

Lovely with the odd dry spell.

A well written book with some really interesting bits. There is the odd passage where the Spanish is read out that were too long for my liking but generally a small price to pay. Maybe 5% detraction and well worth persevering through.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-2018

Great Camino Story: lots of background!

This pilgrims tale was very informative on a route much less traveled. Mr Kevin give us not only an account of a modern pilgrims Joy's and travails on what is considered by many to be a challenging route, he informs the reader/ listener about many aspects of the Caminos history, and Spains history and culture. I'd read a number of books about the Camino and Spain prior to doing two Caminos and was surprised by the wealth of information contained in this one. I' m inspired to both read further and to put the Via de la Plata on my must walk list.
The performance of this book on the other hand left much to be desired. As I assume Mr Millar was paid for this performance I would expect a more professional approach to the material performed.
Many place names and Camino related terms can be challenging to an English speaker; but the narrator is not a casual tourist but a professional speaker. Many of the place names and terms came up repeatedly and I hope I'm not being too harsh when I say it was like nails on a chalkboard hearing an otherwise solid performance so compromised. A bit more prep would have gone a long way.

Overall Is still heartily recommended this book to anyone considering doing a Camino, or reflecting back on one!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jon Mielke
  • Jon Mielke
  • 17-02-2018

Too Much Politics, Too Little Camino

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

It would have been a good book if the author stuck to facts about the history of Spain and the movement of the spirit while walking the Camino. Instead it digressed into political bashing.

Has Walking the Camino turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just just this author.

Which character – as performed by James Millar – was your favorite?

NA

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, The parts of the history of Spain and the Camino as well as the authors feelings of the Camino were very good

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for suellen j darblay
  • suellen j darblay
  • 09-03-2016

Happy I hung in there!

When I first began this book, I was a little put off by the narrators slow and somewhat monotonous tone of speech, but I kept going because I wanted to hear the story. I am about to embark on my own Camino, and I'm enjoying all the different stories that are available. This writer did a different route than what I am planning, so I wasn't into the details of the specific villages, albergues, etc. Over time I grew accustomed to the speech, and even quite fond of it. I found the last few chapters to be the most enlightening and inspirational for me, but felt that I benefitted most by being with him thru the whole book.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-2015

About more than just the pilgrimage.

I very much enjoyed it, and am listening again. Ruminations on country, faith, humanity, purpose.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for J Davis
  • J Davis
  • 12-11-2015

Honest, personal account of one man's pilgrimage

I enjoyed the author's honesty and openness. I found him to be very humble. He added a significant amount of history and cultural observances to help the reader grasp a fuller picture of the areas he travelled. I honestly would have enjoyed a little less detailed history and more daily experience - but I was looking for a little lighter read and something to "take me there" rather than teach me about the various historic and political details. However, it was well written and enjoyable. This would be a good reference for one planning their own pilgrimage or a trip to these regions of Spain. I enjoyed the author's spiritual openness with his faith and learning about his growth along the Camino.

I typically like to read books narrated by the author, but I thought this was well done. I would read other books narrated by James Miller.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-2021

Far too political

I wish I understood how political this book was, hard for me to get through it. I stopped several times. I listen to travel and adventure books to escape this sort of thing. Wish I didn’t waste my money, I do not recommend this book unless you enjoy a writer using an unsuspecting audience to spew personal political opinion. Yes it’s his book but I feel it is mis advertised.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Yorkshireman
  • Yorkshireman
  • 16-08-2018

Not much talking about walking!

About 80% is about Spanish history, regions, politics, how Chritianiy was mean to the Moors, (nothing about how Moors were mean to everyone). The narration is a droning monotone and doesn't help the story. Sorry but I cannot recomend this one.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr Adrian Lamasz
  • Mr Adrian Lamasz
  • 30-12-2018

Wonderful run through of what to expect

a great book worthy of a read. I would recommend you take the time to consider.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Pete Starr
  • Pete Starr
  • 10-10-2021

Not quite what I expected

First let me say I did enjoy this book, but...
Primarily I wanted to understand the authors experience of the pilgrimage & the chapters devoted to this did a good job. some personal reflection and religious observations are par for the course but Kevin goes well beyond this using the book as a platform (it seems to me) to air his political, social economic & global views. All very well as it is his book after all but not what I wanted! especially irksome was a long, doubtless true, section on limited hydro carbon resources and the benefits of staying local while he has travelled a 20,000 mile round trip by plane to go for a walk! Tbis is the kind of insight that space, meditation or shamanic trips have blessed people with for millennia and can easily be experienced with less impact on the planet... but I digress.
I did like the way he summed up his experience, it was a mercifully concise and sincere reflection on the experience.
Finally a word on the narration, I was not taken by James Millar's narration - it seemed to me that the book deserved a bit more personality and feeling than he was able to give it. maybe he got a bit waylaid by the frequent deep dives into history or politics or other personal reflections of the author.
I'm not sorry to have listened to this book but it was not what I hoped for.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Trish
  • Trish
  • 15-09-2021

Boring

More educational than entertaining. Not what I was hoping so not for me I’m afraid .

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-2021

Excellent!

Loved it! Particularly the final chapter…very moving and only makes me more excited about my own pilgrimage in the spring, God willing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David Filce
  • David Filce
  • 26-08-2021

What a Great Story

This book was fantastic to listen to.

A tale of Faith and endurance. Love and commitment

Really recommend this book to anyone of any faith. It will lighten your spirits

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Pannika
  • Pannika
  • 12-08-2021

What a walk!

This had exactly what I'd hoped for - an insight into the route, the history, the politics, the religious background of the country as well as the personal experience and motivations of the walker and tips for anyone else wanting to walk the Camino, For anyone not interested in too much religion / politics, there are 'signposts' for the sections to skip, which seemed very considerate of the author.
My big grumble is the narrator. Honestly, This book deserves better. It needs a narrator who has a smattering of Spanish and is at least as well educated and knowledgeable as the author himself. Given the subject matter, the author had included the occasional prayer and poem in Spanish and sometimes in Latin. In addition, it was predictably full of Spanish place names, people's names, foods- all mangled by the narrator.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brian Hansen
  • Brian Hansen
  • 17-05-2021

Book title gives a false premise

Not what I expected, as the book title does not reflect the content. There is very little depiction of the Camino walk itself. Instead, it's highly focused on Spanish history, culture, religion and politics.

Can't recommend; if expecting a "Walking the Camino" book. The book could likely be good, if not going into with a false premise.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for donal hand
  • donal hand
  • 18-11-2020

Great insight into the Camino

loved it a different look at the Camino from a personal point if view really enjoyed it

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for pm
  • pm
  • 27-04-2018

A helpful book

I have known about the Camino for some years and it is a pilgrimage I hope to take one day. This is what attracted me to the book. Overall, I found the book both helpful and inspirational in the sense that it has strengthened my resolve to undertake this pilgrimage. The only reason I have given it 4 stars rather than 5 is that it occasionally descended into a preachiness about matters peripheral to the Camino that seemed out of place in this book.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.