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)
Not better- just different!
None- this book is hilarious!
Yes- all are excellent- this one is the funniest.
Many moving moments- if by moving you mean over the top funny.
GET THIS BOOK- it will lift your spirits- especially if you are a
Just an outstanding book. I'm a little biased towards Bryson - I have several of his books - but I'm biased because he just writes some very funny stuff.
There was one part where he kind of goes on a political statement of sorts, but I just went forward to the next chapter and only missed a few minutes of the book. No problem, and I don't even recall what axe he was trying to grind, but it wasn't enough to detract from the book.
If your childhood was during the early 1950's, this is a book that will bring you hours of smiles, laughter and joyful remembrance of a time that really was during a kinder more gentle nation. Not simply a recitation of things long forgotten, but a wonderful story that revives our memories of all those things in a delightful way.
Few books have reminded me of the joys of youth as this one has, and I envy your re-discovery of those times as read by Bill Bryson and the wonder of those innocent and fun filled days.
I really enjoyed listening to the book. My daughter had gotten me the Hardback book, but I hadn't read it yet. I love and have loved audio books since the 1980's when they were a bit scarce, not like today. Anyway, I really enjoyed the 'shared experiences' of growing up with this story. Although Bill Bryson is six years older than I am, it was still interesting and often funny to remember how similar my youth was growing up in (then) small town California to his in Iowa. If you to are of that 'age', or just what an idea of what your parents or by now, grand parents life was like, check it out!
I loved this book. It brought back so many memories about growing up in the fifties. Bryson has a unique talent for capturing unique things about places and times and he really captures the strangeness of the 50's. His recollections are almost like "Twilight Zone" stories, but mostly fact, not fiction. I've read a lot of Bryson's books, but this was my first Bryson on Audible. I enjoyed his reading of the book, with his "touch of British" accent.
I wish Bill Bryson had a thousand books I could read. I've read every single one so far and always come away with new and interesting facts through his uniquely funny stories. I am also a big fan of him reading his own material. Only Bryson can convey the unique viewpoints the way they way intended to write them. Buying this book is a no brainer. Get it. You'll love it. If you don't, you've lost your sense of humour about life and need therapy.
For anyone who lived through the 50s or 60s, this audiobook is a nostalgic, thoughtful and sometimes absolutely hilarious listen. I think Bryson's voice is perfectly fine to listen to - a combination American midwestern and British accent.(He has lived in England for almost 40 years) I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, including some side-splitting moments of laughter.
This is an exceedingly dull book. It was so disappointing after the witty and highly entertaining "Walk in the Woods" and other travel books by this author. If you've read "Walk in the Woods" and other Bryson travel books and are seeking additional Bryson style wit and originality - I think you will be disappointed.
I too grew up in Iowa, although a bit later and not in Des Moines (my parents still mourn the degeneration of the Des Moines Register), however I totally relate to this story of how life used to be in the 50's for kids in the Midwest. We should all be dead or seriously maimed. The story is very funny and a great listen - I've listened several times just to smile. His descriptions are so great - exaggerations worthy of any school aged boy!
As usual, Bill delivers! His wit and informative narrative remains highly entertaining. Bill grew up in the same era as my parents--giving me a incredible insight as to what life might have been like during their childhood. Bill also does a great job portraying life through a boy's eyes--delightfully insightful!
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