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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: July 2004 ISBN: 9781415918463
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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 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 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 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 Robin | 3/10/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 12/28/2012

    " I should like to book a trip to Austin now please. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry (sethurner) | 9/12/2012

    " I listened to this one on CD, read by Mr. Friedman himself. His deadpan Texas drawl made it for me. Basically this is a tour of Austin, complete with juicy bits of history and side trips to watering holes and music halls. Lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/27/2012

    " I got thise audio book from the library and put it on my ipod to listen to during dog walks and it's actually good. It's got a lot of fun Austin history and trivia in it. I'm really enjoying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 8/20/2012

    " Pay no attention to the other reviewers, anyone who has a place for Austin in their heart will love this book! Kinky Friedman provides an intimate portrait of Austin from the 60s to the 90s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Boyles | 7/29/2012

    " A fun read on my (possible) future home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 11/18/2011

    " Our son has lived in Austin for a few years now and we visit at least annually. I decided to read this book as a travel guide and was pleasantly surprised by the stories and humor the author adds to a city he obviously loves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena | 11/7/2011

    " I read this before a trip to Austin, and it was a definite bonus to the trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 3/29/2011

    " Enjoyed what I read of it (about half) but then got sidetracked when I returned from Austin and never had a compelling reason to finish it. I'll go back to it before my next trip to Austin, which will probably be in October (2011). Friedman is one of a kind, a genu-wine character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 3/2/2011

    " The raunch and misogyny I've come to expect from the Dream Governor of Texas, plus really good restaurant tips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bigmuzz | 1/27/2011

    " a guide to austin from the kinkster's point of view.... if i ever find myself in america, i'll definitely have to go through austin and look for willie's bus... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/9/2011

    " Great notes on Austin. I love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mintymedley | 11/2/2010

    " I know it is difficult to get in to travel books that don't have handy maps or any photos but I would recommend this one to anyone thinking about heading to Austin Tx for any amount of time. The author has a sarcastic humor that keeps you going through all the descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 5/3/2010

    " The raunch and misogyny I've come to expect from the Dream Governor of Texas, plus really good restaurant tips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 6/5/2009

    " Great notes on Austin. I love this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry (sethurner) | 11/2/2008

    " I listened to this one on CD, read by Mr. Friedman himself. His deadpan Texas drawl made it for me. Basically this is a tour of Austin, complete with juicy bits of history and side trips to watering holes and music halls. Lots of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/6/2008

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/8/2008

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 2/10/2008

    " Pay no attention to the other reviewers, anyone who has a place for Austin in their heart will love this book! Kinky Friedman provides an intimate portrait of Austin from the 60s to the 90s. "

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About the Author
Author Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman is an author, musician, defender of strays, cigar smoker, and the governor of the heart of Texas.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.