• A Little Thing Called Life

  • On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between
  • By: Linda Thompson
  • Narrated by: Linda Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (713 ratings)

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By: Linda Thompson
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Incredible life story

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Linda Thompson has had the most insane life. I love celebrity memoirs and this is one of the best. She went from being a beauty queen sewing her own dresses to Elvis's partner for 5 years at the end of his life. She married the Olympian Bruce Jenner when he was hot and still a man, had Brody and Brandon, married David Foster, composed the music to the BodyGuard and has had so many celebrity interactions and rollercoasters of emotions in between.The book wrote itself, but she does an exceptional job being fair to herself and the subjects she is writing about --- if you're into this sort of book, you will enjoy.

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surprise ..thought it was going to be a fantastic

she put Elvis's dad in the awkward position of having to turn off her credit card as she continued to use it after her and Elvis had split up..... keep in mind moving out driving the new Cadillac Elvis bought her moving into the house Elvis had bought her but somehow she was always the victim in all of her relationships.....
a book that could have been wonderful stories about some of the most famous people in the world but seem to turn out to be so poor me.... everyone has struggles and she did go through some but did we really need another book like this

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No one is THAT perfect!

It is a very interesting story and I did enjoy listening, however, I got a little tired of the goody-two-shoes tone for every single situation. I had to read the other reviews to see if anyone else agreed with me or I was being too harsh. I am not alone. I am not saying she is not being completely honest, but I think she would be much more relate-able if she said, "Yeah, I messed up - I'm not perfect" David was married and she was "seeing" him - admit it - don't give excuses. You stayed w/ Elvis knowing he was seeing other women? That is not empowering - so own it! Bruce had a pregnant wife... you chose to stay with him. None of these things are very "goody-goody", but somehow she always puts herself on a pedistal - It did get a bit annoying.

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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.

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Bad Taste in Men

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

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Great Book!

Ive known about Linda's relationship with ELVIS for forty years ,but just learned about her marriage to Bruce Jenner .I finished this book in two days.Thanks for sharing your story Linda! (my secret crush).

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  • Beetle
  • 10-03-22

Smug and unbearable

Linda Thompson’s smugness and subtle digs / one up manship at Priscilla are getting tired. It’s almost unbearable to listen to her self aggrandising story of manipulation and hustling her way through life.

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  • Ms Mclaughlin
  • 08-14-22

Lovely read

This was a really interesting boom. Linda read it herself in such a soothing manner..she was a pleasure to listen to. I have listened to some authors read their own words (Angel Strawbridge are you listening?) and it has been an endurance test and distraction. Not so with this book and author. If you like Elvis I would say this is the best book I have read and seems very honest and accurate compared to the others.

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  • ESS
  • 10-31-21

A truly great listen

Loved the sincerity of this book. You can feel the love jump off the pages and into your heart. Thank you Linda. It was worth waiting for ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-20

Great book

loved it, easy listening, great detail, will not want to press pause, Linda tells the story well

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  • Sadie
  • 11-09-20

loved it

very interesting life ! Linda's voice is very easy to listen to and didn't want it to end

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  • Mrs J. Oldershaw
  • 08-12-20

wonderful

the most truthful story of love and life, I have read to date. She is wonderful with words

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  • MidnightRambler
  • 08-01-20

It’s a case of knowing too much about your idol.

First of all Linda does an excellent job at narrating her stories about Elvis. But been an Elvis fan the stories are painful to hear. Elvis was an extremely self-destructive person in the 1970s and no one could save him. After reading nearly all Elvis books from those close to him, it seems the self-destructive button was firmly pressed soon after his mother died. Elvis needed spiritual guidance, NOT yes men. To me Elvis 1950s was the King of cool, The 1960s the King of the movie screen, Th 1970s... well from what I've read, I wish to forget the 70s Elvis.

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  • First time mum
  • 09-25-18

an amazing woman

I love her use of language and her philosophy on life.I just wanted to hear about Elvis' girlfriend but I got so much more. I am now a true fan of Linda Thomson. What an outstanding person, her talent and life inspire me.

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  • lidija
  • 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

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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...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-17

Very real and honest

Probably a very sincere account of life with Elvis and her other relationships and marriage

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-22

Wanted more about Elvis

Only really enjoyed hearing her talk about her life with Elvis. Was alright though. Good narration.

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  • Rage against age
  • 10-15-22

Loved it

The book was very compelling, as an Elvis fan I thought it was only right to read Linda's story. I found myslf wrapped up in the book far beyond the chapters based on Elvis, I found the book on a whole to be a great read ! definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-22

good book

Good narrating. I don’t like Caitlyn after listening to this. Glad Brandon and Brody always had Linda 👍

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  • sarah Tilley
  • 04-10-22

It’s true what they say…

Behind every man is an amazing woman….
What a beautiful woman Linda Thompson is….. such a delight listening to her story and hearing her stunning lyrics….
Beautifully written and narrated…

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  • charlotte
  • 02-17-22

disappointed

found it boring, more about Linda and Bruce.
very little of Elvis. if I wa Ted about Linda and Bruce
would have brought one.

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  • RIK RUSHTON
  • 01-09-22

'LITTLE' LESSONS ON HOW TO LIVE A 'BIGGER' LIFE!

Linda Thompson reviews her time with four iconic forces in their chosen field! The legendary Elvis Presley, the incomparable Bruce Jenner and the creative genius that is David Foster are the three men who share her life from 1972. Linda delves in to each of these relationships with an authenticity that commands respect and a writing/speaking style that allows you to immerse yourself in the topic and find the 'big life lessons'. The fourth icon is Linda herself. I doubt I have listened / read a more insightful book on life with so many lessons on gratitude, forgiveness, knowledge and wisdom than this modern day masterpiece! Linda's poems, lyrics and life philosophies will touch your heart and warm your soul! It’s clear why Linda waited to write this memoir. My only hope is we don't need to wait for her next one! Thank you Linda Thompson for the gift of YOU in this outstanding book!

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  • Milena
  • 02-11-19

A great read

Beautifully written and read by the author. What an interesting life she has had. Well worth a read.

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  • Helen Fearn
  • 09-10-16

A must read.

Honest & gut wrenching. Only a strong woman could handle so much with grace.