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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Audiobook

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

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Publisher's Summary

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. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood in an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons) in his head as "The Thunderbolt Kid".

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Wonderful, simply wonderful."

    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.

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    Sandra K 09-02-16
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is such a charming book that brought back wonderful memories and made me smile at how we all grew up in the 50's.


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    beverlie 05-22-16
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    "Fantastic!!"

    Very entertaining, laugh out loud funny! Once again Bill Bryson delivers a fantastic book! Highly recommended!

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    Cecily Monet 05-10-16
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    "Timeless tale of childhood and adolescence"

    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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    Kara Arnold 05-05-16
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    "Hilarious,witty,and well written"

    Bryson almost never fails to impress me with his skill in writing and his books often make me laugh.


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    Toni Miles 04-26-16
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    "Enchanting and memorable."

    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!!!

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    mark 03-17-16
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    I think Thunderbolt kid was a great story. it reminds me of growing up in Des Moines in the fifties and sixties.

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    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.

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    "Perfect in every way"

    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.

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    cher m 05-18-15
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    "Entertains!"

    My husband and I listened to this book on a road trip this spring. It brought back memories of our childhoods growing up in Wisconsin & Minnesota in the 50's. Fun to listen to!

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