I'm already a fan of Bill Bryson, so I was predisposed to liking this, and it did not disappoint...he's not the worlds best narrator but much better than some of the reviews suggest, IMHO. Listen for the history--fascinating and well-told.
Although this book is very informing on the events that occurred during the summer of 1927 as well as numerous facts, the book had no real plot. For the first two chapters I was awaiting some sort of story line but there was none. If you're looking for a good personal story on the events that occurred during this time in history then DO NOT read this book, for it resembles a history textbook used in an American history class.
I thought I knew a lot about 1927 until I listened to this book. A series of fascinating stories, told in Bryaon's inimitable style. I was laughing one moment, crying the next.
Bryson's an expert of the pop history novel and One Summer is, again, one of his best. Bryson jumps through several decades to tell the story of 1927 in America, a year that history doesn't usually remember quite as well as, say 1865, 1941, or 2001, and yet our modern age would be entirely different without it This is the perfect summertime history book and should not be missed.