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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.
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By Leahmgordon on 08-27-16
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Tonya on 10-04-17
I'm not the audience for this book but so what...
I'm positive I wasnt the demographic for this book. I'm near the age of Linda's oldest son and I know who Elvis is obviously. Thought he was good looking, can name about 3-5 of his songs, know where he lived and is buried, but beyond that, I have nothing for you. It was laying around at a farmhouse I airbnb'd, and I wanted to sip coffee and relax on the porch, so I grabbed it. I couldnt stop reading, that I downloaded it via audible and bought wireless headphones so that I could be mobile in my movement and still listen! I loved it. She made me think about, pardon the cliche, "that loving feeling". She described so well how she felt about each man, that it made me think of those feelings when I was in love! Then to discover she wrote a few of my favorite songs and is an accomplished song writer and actress made me respect her so much. I only knew her name because of the Real Housewives show, and because of the premise of the show, I had a very wrong assumption of her. Excellent book, fluid thoughts!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By lidija on 06-14-17
i still have 3 more hours but i am really enjoying
Would you consider the audio edition of A Little Thing Called Life to be better than the print version?
such a nice book to listen to if you have to commute to work
Which scene did you most enjoy?
her life is just so interesting and also she comes across as somebody that you would want to be friends with
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If I was on a long haul flight - DEFFF like this I have to keep it to enjoy every morning and evening commute...
By Anonymous User on 05-08-17
Very real and honest
Probably a very sincere account of life with Elvis and her other relationships and marriage