The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir (Unabridged‪)‬

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From one of the most beloved and bestselling authors in the English language, a vivid, nostalgic and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the last century. A book that delivers on the promise that it is “laugh-out-loud funny.”

Some say that the first hints that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came from his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people’s hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman.

Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.” In this hilarious new memoir, he travels back to explore the kid he once was and the weird and wonderful world of 1950s America. He modestly claims that this is a book about not very much: about being small and getting much larger slowly. But for the rest of us, it is a laugh-out-loud book that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young.

Biographies & Memoirs
Bill Bryson
hr min
October 17
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

TerryAAustin ,

Bryson at his best!

If you're already a Bill Bryson fan then you know what to expect, if not then get in, sit down, hang on and laugh your backside off! Bill is, by profession, a travel writer. But that is misleading in the extreme. His outlook, his skills at turning a phrase can make something as bland as a ride from the airport as he arrives in Sydney Austraila make you laugh so hard you fear an accident with your internal bodily fluids. This latest offering takes the reader on a tour through growing up in the 1950s. This was a treasured tour through Bill's childhood with many instances I could relate to first hand. For all of you Boomers and Late Boomers GRAB THIS BOOK! You will relive some seriously treasured memories that you perhaps didn't even realize you'd forgotten. And, with Bryson at his wittiest, you're guaranteed to laugh until you hurt. Thanks, Bill - you've done it again!

C W Johnson ,

Funniest book ever

Okay, I've only heard the first 2 hours, but believe me, this is a most wonderful book. I just got back from walking my dog in Central Park while listening on my iPod. People kept staring at me because I was laughing so hard and had tears streaming down my face. That is an unusual sight, even in New York City. I had to turn it off a few minutes before I got home so that I could pull myself together. I have read most everything Bryson has written and consider him one of the best out there, but this is a real treasure. Buy it!

vector21 ,

Absolutely perfect!

I was skeptical at first, but a friend convinced me this was worth it... and it was! I found myself laughing out loud at some parts and feeling the same emotions as the author in other parts. Bryson does a great job of setting up situations, and his narration is dead-on perfect with the right inflection and timing. I didn't want it to end, but I suppose we all grow up eventually. I can't wait to listen to other Bryson books.

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