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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 Aug. 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ7PE8
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Warm, witty, informative and evocative. The book has me wishing I was growing up in 50s/60s America. I couldn't put it down.Published 2 months ago by Rondo K
Hilarious and with many of Bryson's sobering accounts of the best and worst of American life. His evocation of growing up in small town America is as impressive as Stephen King,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by hardtruth