The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Audiobook CD - 2006
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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 funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his all-American childhood for 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 wearing a jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck, vanquishing evildoers--in his head--as "The Thunderbolt Kid." Using his fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality--a life at once familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.
Publisher: New York, N. Y. : Random House Audio, p2006.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780739315231
Characteristics: 6 compact discs (7 1/2 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.


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Mayflower94 Feb 11, 2017

"Good old days" of the 1950s are not always so good, so rosy. I just like Bill Bryon's writing style.

May 12, 2014

Perfect summer audio listening for those library patrons sporting these qualities*: (1) male; (2) born in the 50's; and (3) grew up in small town, America. Bryson's thesis is that the 1950's presented a particularly strange time for a kid to grow up in America. For example, being told nearly every day by trusted adults that nuclear annihilation, getting blown to smithereens by the Russians, was really quite likely. It wasn't of course. But 1950's kids were constantly told that anyway. Maybe adults thought it would toughen the kids up. The kids had no problem to see through the magic-trick charade. All it did was make the kids appreciate sarcastic humor even the more. Mad magazine for example. Pop-culture was changing fast: TV, music, sports, the cold war, comic books, newspapers, movies, downtown vs. mall shopping, outdoor vs. indoor activities, cigarettes, alcohol, race relations, art, literature, neighborliness, what it means to come of age, all changing, and very fast. In this short, and most excellent memoir of his childhood, growing up in the 1950's near Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson describes how it all affected him. Him, personally. Simultaneously poignant and humorous. Just like life. * Others without the above traits will probably find this fun reading too, but may have some difficulty understanding what he's talking about in places. Recommended.

Feb 12, 2013

Very funny - as a midwestern baby boomer I could relate to much of what he "lived"

Jan 13, 2011

Bryson is always good, and this memoir of his early years in white picket fence america is no exception.

Jan 08, 2011

Hilarious! I bought this book for my dad for Christmas and he liked it too!

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