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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Best Bryson book ever

    If you were born in the 40s or 50s, this book will have you laughing all the way through. And, if you were born in Iowa, it is a must-read. I'm a big Bryson fan but this is my favorite. I read it at night and found myself repeatedly trying to stifle my laughter so as to not wake my husband up. I think it is consistently the funniest of all of his books (with the possible exception of the chapter in "A Walk in the Woods" where he finishes his first day of hiking.) Enjoy!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Bryson's books

    It's almost like you have to be from the midwest to truly appreciate this book. I personaly didn't connect with the humor. Walk in the Woods much more clever and entertaining.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    A nostalgic romp!

    3.5 stars! I would love to give this a 4 star rating but found that it didn't really flow well at times. However, what a hoot! I love Bryson's sense of humor. His zingers sort of sneak up on you. They don't need set up line. They just sort of lay in the sentence naturally just daring you to notice them. I would have loved to have witnessed the confetti bomb the Willoughby boys unintentionally detonated within their bedroom in the wee hours of the morning--who would laugh at an explosion that blows the windows out followed by an outburst of confetti. I also couldn't but help but laugh out loud at his pepetually pantsless father. I would highly recommend this one for those people who were born in the 50s and 60s. Will be sending this one along to my brother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

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    I like Bill Bryson's books and his dry sense of humor. 'Walk in the Woods' was the BEST. 'Thunderbolt Kid' is my first audio encounter with the author. The book is ok, probably will be enjoyed more by baby-boomer males who probably lived and played quite similar lives. My big problem with audio format is that the author is the reader. I was expecting the voice of a midwestern Iowan and instead get what sounds like a member of the British royal family. Yes, I know Bill lived in England for a time, but can't he lose the English accent when giving us his autobiography of a child growing up in Iowa?

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