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  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (340)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "The 1950's all over again"
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    If you could sum up The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Small Town Remembrances


    What did you like best about this story?

    The great storytelling and the vibrant way he brings growing up in small town, middle America to life in the 1950s.


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Since this is his life and his experience, having him deliver the story brought a certain passion and depth to the story that just reading it might miss.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Bill talks about his dad, the Des Moines Register sportswriter, and his unique ability to be at the right place at the right time and to tell wonderful sports history stories. These are stories that were bigger than life in the 50s, and often Bill was taken along for the trip with his dad - given the chance to "be there" and to meet legends of baseball.


    Any additional comments?

    Growing up during this time brought up feelings of nostalgia as well as brought things to memory we have not thought about for years. Bill has a keen eye for observation, and wonderful ability with language, and an ability to find the humor in many situations. Whether this would hit the same reaction in someone who has not grown up nor experienced mid-west America in this era, I don't know. It certainly was a wonderful trip down memory lane for us.

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