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.
©2006 Bill Bryson; (P)2006 Random House, inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"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)
Even though Bill Bryson was a few years older than me, many of the experiences of his childhood brought back many of my own memories of the 50's and 60's. It reminded me of a simpler time yet one that wasn't quite as utopian as we all thought. I loved it!!!
The story takes me back to a time when kids were kids and we did really stupid things and survived. The story is bittersweet funny and made my heart ache.
It was nice and light, entertaining, and joyful. Made me remember seeing the world from the eyes of a kid. Also very interesting look into history and learned some things that made me laugh, and some things that made me shutter
. I absolutely loved getting a glimpse into the midwest in the 1950s and enjoyed fantasizing over being a child or house wife in that era.
Bill Bryson's childhood memoir gives the listener a brief glimpse of what it was like to grow up in the fifties and gives more than a few laughs along the way
Perfect picture of The 1950s and the Midwest.
If you've never been to The midwest you will live this story!
As a child in the sixties I remember southern California having much character and uniqueness from town to town and city to city.
It was fun to hear about Iowa and Bill's childhood. This book chronicles the simplicity yet richness of the fifties and sixties in the USA!
Bill Bryson could be the best thing that has happened to literature in my lifetime. Whatever he writes, you are guaranteed to have a laugh while also learning something new. This book is no different. It is funny, informative, and of course nostalgic.
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