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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kinky Friedman Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kinky Friedman, the original Texas Jewboy, takes us on a rollicking, rock-and-rolling tour of his favorite city: Austin.

Maybe you want to know which restaurant President Bush rates as his favorite Austin burger joint. Or maybe you want a glimpse of Willie Nelson’s home life (hint: Willie plays a lot of golf). Perhaps you want to get the best view of the Mexican free-tail bats as they make their nightly flights to and from the Congress Avenue Bridge. Or maybe you’re itching to learn the history of a city that birthed Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and countless other music legends. It’s all here in The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic, the slightly insane, amazingly practical, and totally kick-ass guide to the coolest city in Texas by none other than Kinky Friedman.

This ain’t no ordinary travel guide, neither. “Like most other busy cities these days, Austin is not very effectively traversed by foot,” Kinky explains. “You must understand that ‘a walk in Austin’ is primarily a spiritual sort of thing.” As might be expected from this politically incorrect country-singer-turned-bestselling-mystery-author, the Kinkster’s tour includes a bunch of stuff you won’t find in a Frommer’s guide, from descriptions of Austin’s notable trees and directions to skinny-dipping sites to lists of haunted places and quizzes and puzzles. So put on your cowboy hat and your brontosaurus-foreskin boots and head down south with the only book you need to get to the big heart of this great city.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dear Kinky: I have now read all your books. More please. I really need the laughs.”

    Bill Clinton

  • “Kinky’s writing cannot and should not be compared to that of any other writer or of any other genre. He is his own genre…He is a wordsmith of the first order.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This quirky tour of Austin, Texas, delivers the whole enchilada…Whether or not a trip to Austin is in your future, this slim book paints a vivid picture of a city that’s as appealingly offbeat as Friedman himself.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Obisbooks | 11/17/2013

    " Kinky's hometown view. A bit of history, a bit of travel a bit of silliness (Apparition-American) but a view of Austin you don't get from regular travel guides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 6/22/2013

    " Wow, what a cool way to learn about Austin. It makes me want to take several trips there right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 3/30/2013

    " Tips on cool things to do in Austin. We went to some of the restaurants he recommended, and we liked them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 3/10/2013

    " This is a tour of Austin TX with history, anecdotes, restaurant reviews. Always humorous, Kinky sells the city! "

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