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Teacher Lady

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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
    (1471)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1314)

    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?"
    "Another fascinating foray with Bill Bryson"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    The content of the book; Bryson is such a wordsmith, and I love how he weaves all the events of the summer together with interesting, odd, even weird, details. I could clearly see my grandparents sitting in their parlor, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, and discussing these events.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In reverse, my least favorite characters were Hoover, Lindbergh, and Henry Ford. They don't come off as very pleasant people, but I really enjoyed reading (hearing) about their idiosyncrasies.


    What three words best describe Bill Bryson’s voice?

    Warm, pleasant, humorous. I hate to say it, but I was a bit disappointed with the narration of this one, though. It seemed full of unnatural hesitations and pauses.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by how innocent America was in 1927. Even after the horrors of WWI, it seems like we were just on the cusp of worldliness. My mother was born in the spring of 1927, so it was great fun for me to imagine my grandparents, young and happy with a new baby girl, reacting to the events of that summer.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book, make no mistake about that. The cadence of the narration just seemed slightly self-conscious. There were parts where Bryson apparently forgot he was narrating and just told the story naturally, and those were the parts I enjoyed most. I will still eagerly anticipate future audiobooks written and narrated by this author.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Double Prey: Posadas County Mysteries #7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By Beth Richmond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (22)

    A rattlesnake fang pegged in a teenager's eye is just the beginning of a spring day for Posadas Undersheriff Estelle Guzman. The injured lad's older brother goes missing, and is found dead in an arroyo, apparently killed by his cartwheeling ATV. But most puzzling is what the dead boy found moments before he was killed...an astonishing discovery that takes deputies back to a five year-old killing. Estelle and the now retired Bill Gastner find themselves looking for a murderer altogether too close to home.

    Teacher Lady says: "Great story--narrator not so much"
    "Great story--narrator not so much"
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    I really like the Gastner/Posadas mysteries by Steven F. Havill. The earlier audio books narrated by Rusty Nelson are great. The narrator spoiled this one for me--too sing-song, and Gastner's voice sounds like a quavery old lady. The book is great, but I had to stop listening and get the book in print form to finish. I know this narrator has read several of the earlier books, and I can't put a finger on what annoyed me so much this time. Too bad; good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (354)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "A Boomer Must-listen"
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    Nobody can write like Bill Bryson, and nobody can read Bryson like Bryson. Anyone born in the late 40's through the mid-50's must get this title. I laughed, I cried, and I loved every minute of it. I am getting the print book for my siblings and siblings-in-law who grew up in the 50's. I only regret that all of Bryson's books are not available in unabridged format, read by the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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