The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - A Memoir-logo

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - A Memoir

Bill Bryson

BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author. 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.

BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author. 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.
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BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author. 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.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 42m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:32


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:46


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:50


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:42


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:04


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:28


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:06


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:43


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:01


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:49


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:21


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:49


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:09


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:20


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:06


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:31


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:58


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:15


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:57


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:33


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:16


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:15


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:43


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:59


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:34


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

02:31


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:51


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:15


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:17


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:22


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:46


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:12


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:33


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:10


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:35