- Audio CD: 8 pages
- Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; UNABRIDGED edition (4 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846071070
- ISBN-13: 978-1846071072
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.2 x 15.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: (Complete and Unabridged) (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Sep 2006
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"A wittily incisive book about innocence, and its limits, but in no sense an innocent book...Like Alan Bennett, another ironist posing as a sentimentalist, Bryson can play the teddy-bear and then deliver a sudden, grizzly-style swipe...might tell us as much about the oddities of the American way as a dozen think-tanks." (Boyd Tonkin Independent)
"Always witty and sometimes hilarious...wonderfully funny and touching." (Literary Review)
"A funny, effortlessly readable, quietly enchanted memoir...Bryson also provides a quirky social history of America...he always manages to slam on the brakes with a good joke just when things might get sentimental." (Daily Mail)
"Takes us on yet another amiable ramble through terrain viewed with his characteristic mixture of bemused wit, acerbic astonishment and sweet benevolence...we come closest to the real Bryson in this, his first true memoir...encompasses so much of human experience that you want to smile and sob at once...Bryson's evocation of an era is near perfect: tender, hilarious and true." (The Times)
"He can capture the flavour of the past with the lightest of touches...marvellous set pieces...As a chronicler of the foibles and absurdities of daily life, Bryson has few peers." (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bill Bryson on his most personal journey yet: into his own childhood in America's Mid-West. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Although the stories contained in the book are interesting in their own right, it seems that a certain emphasis has been placed on the comedy aspects, although this never feels like it is forced. Tales of the `toity jar', a Grandmother's public confusion over liquorice baby sweets and Bryson's one-of-a-kind father had me absolutely howling with laughter.
`The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' is an appealing slice of Americana, and a timely reminder that the USA was once a pretty fascinating and charming place. Highly recommended.
In this new book, however, he deals with his upbringing in the Central U.S. in Iowa. Bryson proves himself to be a renaissance man, writing about growing up and his strained relationship with his father. Everybody who's experienced this, which is many, can relate.
Bryson is at his FUNNIEST, WRYEST, and MOST TOUCHING in this book. It'll make you laugh and maybe even cry. If you're the sensitive sort.
This is one of three books in the past few months that made me laugh out loud. Repeatedly. The others are "Dave Barry's Money Secrets" a send up of investment books and Martha Bolton's "Maybe Life's Just Not That Into You" an EXTRAORDINARILY FUNNY spoof of self help books.
I hope Bryson writes more books centering on his youth. Although I cannot relate in the least to growing up in this place called Iowa (I always thought it was "Ioway") he's a marvelous writer and made me feel like I was born in Ioway. Er, Iowa.
Bill Bryson is the master of the jovial, chuckling and mischeiveous sideways glance.
For me this was a great book on a couple of levels.
First, the warmth. America in the 50's is a really god backdrop. The theatres, the baseball, the apple pie, the early days of television and hilarious stories of missed female flesh in the treehouse.
Secondly though, its the really powerful and delicately done stories of America's dark side; the Anti-Communist obsession, racism, failings on the space race, nuclear testing, the exploitation of countries by Corporate America. He never laboured the points or tackled them in an obvious way.
This book could easily be bedtime reading for the Anti-American, Anti-Globalisation and Anti-Everything briggade.
Overall its a sad book. Fond recollections of an era gone by.
I feel the same myself.
Until he writes another book.
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As ever Bill Bryson has a wonderful sense of humour and gives amazing insights into the past and present dayPublished 2 months ago by eundum
A fan of Bill Bryson. This combines humour and fact. A good read.Published 3 months ago by A. M. Barnes-hunt
Growing up in Des Moines is different from growing up in England, but growing up is the same all over the world. Bill Bryson's unique style is as readable as ever. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Renko
Bryson paints a detailed picture of America in the 1950s with exceedingly humorous anecdotes and characters. I enjoyed every page and was sad when the book ended, as it has too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr Solomons
All of his books deliver.
A light humorous, yet informative read.
If you read one of Bill's books, read them all