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)
To relive your childhood, unless you grew up in the city, you only have to open the cover of this book. ENJOY!!!
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.
Read by author- low, soft, understated- moves it from humour to comedy.Reading his own work is key to the success of his books in audio form.
Stories of wonder and good natured fun, vignettes used as a springboard for further discussion about that time in history. Beautiful language, offering the listener robust images of the 50s and 60s in the US.
Bill Bryson takes us back to a much simpler time and much happier place in a joyful, hilarious and somewhat emotional memoir.
I can't recommend this chapter of Billy's life highly enough.
Bryson is a master storyteller with endless whit. This is one of his best books I have yet to read. Although this book is set and revolves around growing up in the fifties I still found it relatable and humrous even though I grew up in the nineties. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a laugh, or just wanting that nostalgic feeling you get when you think back to the favorable memories of your childhood.
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