Using this persona as a springboard, Bryson recreates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality, at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous an audiobook as Bill Bryson has ever recorded. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young.
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"This affectionate portrait wistfully recalls the bygone days of Burns and Allen and downtown department stores, but with a good-natured elbow poke to the ribs." (Booklist)
I listen while driving. I drive a convertible. There aren't many books that have me literally laughing out loud every 15 minutes or so as I drive. The people around me on the freeway must really be wondering what I'm up to.
Thank you Mr. Bryson. A VERY funny book. I enjoyed it immensely.
Despite a lot of hyperbole, Bryson again delivers a great read! His description of his life in the 50's and 60's in middle America is a delight.
This audio book has a few moments of good laughs and funny anecdotes but simple stated this book is not as good as his other works. If you are looking for something like “A walk in the Woods” or “In a Sunburned Country” this is not it.
In a peaceful, verdant valley on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion
I too grew up in Iowa in the 1950s, but without the photographic memory of Bill Bryson. Yet when he says it, I recognize it. And although I was not aware that Bishops Cafeteria in Des Moines had atomic toilets, I'm grateful to know it now. This is an amazing, sensitive, delightfully exhaustive recollection of an incomparable decade of American social history, and it's done with the author's trademark hilarity. Listening to Bryson recount the essence of that era, you feel like he's grabbed it all back, just in the nick of time, before it faded forever.
Bill's travels have always been a favorite of mine. This one takes us on a journey back in time to a happier, more innocent, yet just a bit more twisted - childhood in a time where our own kids would be lost without the beep-beep of electronic toys. Thank you, Bill for some wonderful memories, and some of your exceptional belly-laughs! Keep 'em coming!
Nobody can write like Bill Bryson, and nobody can read Bryson like Bryson. Anyone born in the late 40's through the mid-50's must get this title. I laughed, I cried, and I loved every minute of it. I am getting the print book for my siblings and siblings-in-law who grew up in the 50's. I only regret that all of Bryson's books are not available in unabridged format, read by the author.
I have been a big fan of Bill Bryson but this book is his best! He had me Laughing the entire book. I grew up in the sixties but alot of the things he talked about related to me too. It brought back many of my child hood memories. Hes right too. Things were so inicent then.They will never be the same. I agree with him that the food wasn't too great either! No matter whose mother was cooking it! I can't beleive I loved TV dinners then! Bryson is my super hero auther!
A narrative of life in midwestern America in the 1950's. Bill Bryson's dry sense of humor and a child's sense of exaggeration make me laugh. I guess the 50's weren't all that different from the 60's!
I originally read this book about 5 years ago on my Kindle, and I loved it then. So when someone in my book club chose this, I was thrilled, but I knew I wouldn't have time to reread it, so I got the audible version. It was just as funny the second time around. I would be driving down the road howling. Bryson's writing is superb and as a child of the 50's myself, he evoked many poignant memories. I did, however, have a little difficulty reconciling Bryson's voice with the midwestern accent I expected. I understand now that he has spent most of his adulthood in Britain, which explains why I didn't hear what I expected.
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