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E.

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  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1279)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Bryson Doing What He Does Best"
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    BB could tell a story about his shopping trip to YOUR Supermarket and you could be sure of two things:
    1. You would be thoroughly entertained, and
    2. You would learn a lot about the place where you have shopped for years.

    The year 1927 was a year of firsts, lasts, prophetic beginnings and tragic endings - precisely the kind of raw material the BB weaves into a tapestry that is wholly Americana. Along the way he adds flesh and bone to the usual sound-bite rehash 1920's history.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (931)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Burkes Color at It's Best-New Palette"
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    Switch from Dave R. to a Texas sheriff allows new vistas into a few of Burkes recurring themes. It is a fabric glorified after WWII, ignored by polite society after Korea, renounced in and after Viet Nam and then given a kindly but superficial embrace in our Mid-East escapades - those who make war and those who know war. The terrifying vista of the military-industrial complex Burke portrays is only overshadowed by the reality that DDE warned us about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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