I love Bill Bryson's narrating. So I'm definitely a fan of the audio version.
Just the fact that he could get a person like me who's absolutely disinterested in baseball to gain a more full appreciation for the sport as a classic American pastime.
As good as the others.
I love Bill Bryson because he provides a lot of very interesting tidbits about subjects that I never would have cared to research on my own. And his humor is definitely a hoot.
Bryson books are like confections, like a box of candy with multiple, surprising fillings. This book is no exception although it is the first I have listened to out of the Audible stable. Bryson tells & interweaves many stories to keep the otherwise too long narrative fresh & interesting. This book focuses on many personalities of the period, among the major ones Lindbergh, Harding, Coolidge & Ford. Lindbergh & flying is a particular focus as are the [now] minor or forgotten colleagues in flight of the period. Bryson's works are not deep, not analytical. I might say "shallow" but I never feel that way when reading his work. I know I can find other works (indeed he often refers to those other works in the text) if I want to dig deeper. I am pretty familiar with the 1920s & with his main characters but I did not find much to complain about in his narrative.
It's rigid point of view.
Bryson bolsters his prejudgment about the authorship question with straw dogs and suppositions, but while he has added nothing of value to that scholarship, there is much to enjoy in this book about the period.
At this point, any book this guy writes, and especially if he narrates it, too, I will buy. Not only are they all fascinating (can you imagine hanging out, deciding what might be fun to research in depth and then write about it? And getting paid well to do it?). And his joy comes through. From The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, which is sweet and engaging and personal, to this new book, which illuminates not just a year but a nation at that time and the people who in one way or another represent that time, Bryson never disappoints. He has fun so we don't have to!
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
Someone asked, “Why 1927?” The answer, of course, is, “Why not?” What may seem at first like a random year drawn from a hat is in reality a summer of superlatives, achieved by legends like Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. But there’s also a wealth of surprising insight that’s new to most of us, about Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Al Capone, Henry Ford and the greatest flood on the Mississippi in its history—not to mention scores of colorful eccentrics you never knew existed but will not soon forget. When the author reels off the fates of all his characters in the epilogue, you realize you've been following a cast of thousands.
Bill Bryson delivers a deeply researched and endlessly fascinating account as only he can, finding quirks and unearthing indelible meaning in one eventful season between the Great War and the Great Depression. It was a time like no other, and if America could get through it, it just might survive anything.
All of history does not repeat itself. This is about what made the " Greatest Generation". thank God they were there. Scoundrels and heroes, good times and bad makes an interesting recipe for nation building.
The whole is truly better than its parts but baseball is makes it even better.
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
That's what I kept saying. I didn't know that. I didn't realize that. I don't remember hearing that. I never connected those events or people or times.
It is entirely possible that any year looks extraordinary when one considers all that happens in society, culture, economics, sports, invention and more but I do believe that 1927 was one heck of a year.
I am a Bill Bryson fan. His humor appeals to me. It is not uncommon for me to be working in the garden and burst out laughing. If this frightens a rabbit or two, better still.
I did enjoy the book.
Bryson is a great researcher and a brilliant writer. He can make anything entertaining. I've read most of his books. Still in this book, I did find myself skipping some sections of people I didn't find all that interesting when he was writing about aviation. Other sections great! Loved the baseball and boxing details. I kept saying to my husband, "did you know that . . . "
As much as l like Bryson as a writer, I would have enjoyed a professional performance of this book. I almost quit listening, but then adjusted to Bryson voice and style and finished it. I'm glad I did.