It's 1989, and Emma and her best friend, Dee, head to the USA to make their fortune. But completely inept and virtually unemployable, they discover that they can't even get a job in McDonald's.
Forced to travel from California to New York with only pennies in their pockets, they bounce from scrape to scrape, surviving on their wits and the kindness of strangers. Bad luck and misfortune throw everything their way - snakes, earthquakes, black magic and incontinent dogs. They even get kidnapped by a sex-crazed midget in a Ferrari. This never happened to Jack Kerouac.
A startlingly honest and ridiculously funny book, I Left My Tent in San Francisco tells the miraculous story of how the hapless pair made it back alive to tell the disastrous tale.
©2011 Emma Kennedy (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks
The book is consistently funny and Emma Kennedy is a great storyteller as she relates her adventures across America. Bad luck seems to follow her and her friend like a curse but even so they battle through with an unflagging joy and optimism that is actually inspiring.
I listened to this as a fan of Emma Kennedy rather than any real interest in travelogues. This is a great follow up to “The Tent, The Bucket and Me” which is the obvious thing to compare it to. Personally I prefer this one, though others might disagree (and do looking at other reviews. Each to their own). If she writes a third instalment then I’ll buy that too.
Hard to narrow it down. She tells a series of funny and touching anecdotes. Her writing style can be poetic when it’s required but is generally clear and insightful. Her personality shines throughout, which is complemented well by having her narrate.
I probably could have done given the chance. As it was I finished it in less than a week which is pretty fast for me.
Not sure of her pronunciation of “adobe” but I’m only basing that on the Pee-Wee Herman movie.
If you've ever travelled outside your comfort zone, this book will make you feel truly proud of your achievements and, more than likely, give you some wonderful memories. Out-loud guffaws throughout, you are almost guaranteed to love this book of you have ever backpacked or even packed a rucksack for a week of adventure! Highly recommended! Wonderfully narrated by the author too. Makes you want to be her companion on the trip (well, almost!!!).
I really enjoyed 'The Tent, The Bucket and Me', it was a real belly laugh at times but this one, although mildly amusing in parts, just didn't cut it for me. It hasn't put me off buying other Emma Kennedy books though.
I found the audio a bit inconsistent, really loud in parts and muffled in others, which affected my experience.
Didn't finish it so I guess not.
I listened to the book in the car so maybe the noise affected the audio quality, I couldn't hear a lot of it without turning the volume up high.
Older, working single mum of 2 teenagers -school/uni soon. Kids and I in choir/music groups, so I am the 'Taxi Driver' :-) - hence Audible!
... you'll be blinded by tears for laughter. if it could get any worse ... it did!
I re-listened to some parts - they were so good, and read so well!
A very entertaining story from Emma but volumes in narration made it so difficult to listen to at times. Sometimes unbearably blaring and virtually inaudible in places.
Having enjoyed Emma's first book The Tent, The Bucket and Me I was compelled to give this a whirl. I listen on my long daily commute in the car and have tried various genres similar to those I would normally read but Emma's books have been the most enjoyable. Light hearted, hilarious, toe curling mishaps delivered with brilliant dead pan comedic timing. Emma is a comedy genius. Laughed out loud throughout and was compelled to see if Emma and her best friend Dee would make it across America and home safe. I am somewhat amazed they did! Even welled up at the end not only with relief that they'd made it and the poinancy of the end of an era but because I will miss listening.
Very entertaining. Will definitely be giving it a second listening. Emma's performance really made it as an audio book. So glad I heard, rather than read it.
"Can you say blind adventure?"
Absolutely! This young lady figured out how to survive using her childhood camping lessons, and went on this adventure with a friend-so blindly. And she made it all work! Genius!
Her earlier book about the bucket. Look it up and listen. You won't be sorry.
Her zeal. Her attitude-all positive, even at her lowest moments.
Survival of the Fittest.
I sure hope another adventure happens. I need the next story! I'm amazed at how this girl camped during her childhood, and took those life lessons with her on her trip and improvised wherever necessary.
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