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A Little Thing Called Life Audiobook

A Little Thing Called Life: From Elvis's Graceland to Bruce Jenner's Caitlyn & Songs in Between

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated yet enigmatic modern American superstars - Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner.

For the last 40 years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s, when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.

Now, for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between. From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five-year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland's greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis' twin demons - drug abuse and infidelity, forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death.

It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis' death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal-winner Bruce Jenner. Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the apparently perfect life that they built with their two young sons - Brandon and Brody - before Bruce changed everything with a secret he'd been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly 30 years, a secret that Bruce's transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world. Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce's identity, and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together.

And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster, a relationship that lasted for 19 tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before.

Filled with compelling and poignant stories, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda's incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.

©2016 Linda Thompson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Suhair dubai, United Arab Emirates 21/11/2016
    Suhair dubai, United Arab Emirates 21/11/2016 Member Since 2010

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    If you're a fan of Elvis, this book is for you. If you've ever wondered what was behind that whole Bruce Jenner thing, this is for you. My favourite was the Bruce thing. Linda explained her side of course but honestly gives an amazing insight into the reasons behind it. She doesn't sound bitter which I commend her for as I think I would not have been as forgiving as she was. This is a very good book for all those wanting answers of many things we saw on TV. I highly recommend it.

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  • LWC
    06/09/16
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    "A Little Thing Called Life:"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Thing Called Life?

    When Bruce opens the door for the first time dressed as Kaitlyn


    Which character – as performed by Linda Thompson – was your favorite?

    Herself


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Star Fucker........sorry, crude but true.


    Any additional comments?

    Linda has made extremely bad choices in men. However she appears to have raised her children well and see good in everyone. I hope she find a long term partner to see her through her golden years.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leahmgordon
    Little Canada, MN
    27/08/16
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    "Its hard to not fall in love with the lovely Linda"
    Would you listen to A Little Thing Called Life again? Why?

    I absolutely would listen to this book again for three reasons. First, because Linda is an actress and her voice, inflection, and tone is amazing. I hope she decides to read again for an audiobook production of a famous novel.... I can totally imagine her reading a famous novel... or at the minimum... reading to her grandchild. :-)

    Second, I would read this again because I think Linda blends her journey at the time with what we know today about things like prescription drug abuse, transgender identity, and relationship understanding that only comes with age and (albeit very unique) life experience.

    Last, I would listen to it again because I think Linda treated the people in this book with honesty and dignity. I have had the great pleasure in my life of knowing a few of the characters she mentioned personally myself, and I think she was guarded with her information as well as her heart, and I respect her all the more for sharing her story without being harmful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing about Elvis. He is a hero of mine and we all have been waiting for a long time to hear Linda's thoughts on her life with him.


    What about Linda Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Linda is an actress, that is clear! She is a wonderful reader and her accents and vocal range made the audiobook.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Listening to her version of what happened when Elvis died. I am not a mother, but I also found her experience as a mother very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read. I know it cannot possibly be every morbid detail.... and there are some of us Elvis Fans Forever who do not need that. That being said, she does give us insight into the loving, fabulous man that Elvis was and brings a humanity to him that reminds me yet again why he is still so revered 39 years after he passed away. Thank you Linda for your honesty and compassion. This was a beautiful listen I will treasure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarina Wiechens
    26/09/16
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    "Interesting story but one-sided"

    What an interesting life story; however, about half-way through I realized the author/narrator ALWAYS takes the high road in her opinion. She states she was always so nice, always doing the right thing, etc. After a bit into the story it just seemed like she was trying to defend her life in some way. She has had 2 failed marriages yet none her fault. Her spouses were not faithful yet when she met her second husband he was married. So much of the story seems like typical "Hollywood" not really the life we all live in. I've never written a book review but on this one, I couldn't resist. My favorite part of the book, which in the beginning I didn't think I would like at all, was her song lyrics and how they tied into her life experiences.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce A. Brannon
    06/09/16
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    "Yuck!"
    What disappointed you about A Little Thing Called Life?

    The sappy poetry and the sugary way Linda Thompson describes her life and "loves".


    What could Linda Thompson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I expected to learn about her life and experiences in a more realistic way with less self aggrandizement.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been less sappy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Little Thing Called Life?

    The interludes of her silly poetry.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I had not purchased this book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Empathy Guy
    27/08/16
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    "This Extraordinary Adventure Will Change Your Life"

    When you combine beautifully uplifting vocabulary with heartfelt vulnerability, honesty, creativity, empathy & comedy ("brimming with gold"), you get a magnificent exchange of synergistic energy! This gorgeous breathing artifact weaves a magical tapestry of history and serendipity as we peek into Americana while contemplating current themes around ethnicity & gender identity🙏

    Congratulations team-humanity. Not only is this a phenomenal read but ICYMI Linda just planted a new paradigm of empathy within a single linguistic seed. Thank you for this emerald, Ariadne😎 ~@Compassioning

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    15/09/16
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    "A must read for a variety of reasons"

    This book was interesting on a number of levels -- pop culture icons, human behavior, love relationships, independence as a women involved with strong male partners, blended family, lyricist, single mother and business experiences. I don't think you could have added anymore fullness to the life Linda related in sharing her story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found her great outlook in spite of a number of painful experiences to be quite inspiring.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • K. Vieira
    San Jose, CA United States
    14/09/16
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    "A little thing called life"

    This is a good read. Linda seems like a true genuine person. Someone you would want as a friend. Check it out !!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Erika
    09/09/16
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    "LOVE!"

    Great book! I loved reading about Elvis! I want to read more books about just him now!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa O'Haire
    09/09/16
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    "Did not want it to end."

    This book was so good I can't stop telling everyone I know to get it. I wanted it to go on and on. Linda is so honest and real with this story. It is a must read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • GARY HYMAN
    15/11/16
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    "Fell in Love with the Story and the Story Teller"
    If you could sum up A Little Thing Called Life in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging Passionate Loving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Linda Thompson is an amazing women. She endured, prospered, and loved 3 type A individuals. She is definitely the hero of the book to persevere and have a wonderful outlook on love and life.


    What about Linda Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Linda's story is an amazing life journey. The highs the lows and how she was so patient and loving throughout. Linda is full of passion for life and especially family.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to it in my car and found myself taking longer routes to finish a chapter. I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Her read is fabulous. For me it added so much to the book. She has excellent language skills with an underlying hint of that sexy southern accent. Her energy and enthusiasm is evident in the book and her read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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