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
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.
A very entertaining story as always from Emma but volumes made it difficult to listen to at times. Sometimes unbearably blaring and virtually inaudible in places.
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.
"Excellent flow up to The Ten, The Bucket and Me."
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!!!).
"Fabulous... loved it!"
Really really enjoyed this book, laugh out loud funny!! You can't believe some of the mishaps... seriously how could anyone find themselves in this kind of bother!!
I hope Emma finally found her 'what if!'
"hilarious and heart warming"
I bought tgis audiobook after lovibg the Tent The Bucket and Me, Emma's other book detailing the trials of family camping holidays. This book, an account of a summer spent travelling through America with her best friend Dee, is just as funny and well written. I have well over a hundred audio books now and would say Emma Kennedy is my favourite narrator of them all. She brings these books to life and I felt bereft at the end as though I had been on the journey too. a brilliant listen.
This is the 2nd time of listening -just lovely lovely!
I can identify with her .
"Nothing like as good as 'The Tent, The Bucket ...'"
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.
A great semi autobiography that continues from her previous exploits of family holidays in 1970s
"Don't Listen and Drive!"
... 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!
"I left my tent in San Francisco - another good book but"
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.
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