Audible is proud to present One Summer: America, 1927, the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson.
Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.
It was the summer of the first talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, and the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth.
With an unforgettable cast of personalities, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism, and delirious energy. What a country; what a summer; and what a writer to bring it all so vividly to life.
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951; he moved to and settled in England in 1977, working in journalism until becoming a full-time author. Bryson is much-loved for his best-selling travel books, from The Lost Continent to Down Under, and Notes from a Small Island earned a particularly special place in the nation's heart - a national poll for World Book Day voted it the book that best represents Britain. A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. Bryson has also written a memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and acclaimed books on language and social history (Mother Tongue, Made in America, At Home).
He lives in the UK with his wife and family, and was awarded an honorary OBE for services to literature.
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"I learnt so much!"
Mesmiring and all stories beautifully entwined. An excellent accompaniment to my long Sunday runs. Bravo.
"Tedious in the extreme"
I'm not sure really. Hardened Bill Bryson fans I suppose.
There is far too much description and not enough action.
I have not finished the book as I completely lost interest.
"A snapshot of America in its heyday."
It has a beautifully elegant construction, linking wider issues and quirky vignettes together, month by chapter by month, using celebrities of the day (Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh and others) as continuity. Bryson excels at this sort of thing, and it brings the book together, rather than leaving it as a collection of individual stories and occurrences.
Gotta love Babe Ruth. He'd have been a star in any age. You've got to admire a man so apparently likeable who indulged his appetites to the full and beyond all his life, and STILL out-performed his rivals and left a sporting record which stood for decades. Most early sporting records fell with the advancement of sports science and modern training, but Ruth's remarkable home run records (60 in one season over 151 games and most career home runs, 714) weren't broken until 1961 and 1974 respectively. AND it took Roger Maris an extra ten games to break Ruth's single season record.
Hearing a book read by the author is always a treat and not only can you hear his obvious involvement in and enthusiasm for the narrative, but he has a really pleasant speaking voice too. Bryson is obviously not a voice performer, but he's a good narrator.
Yes and no. With a good book, you want to devour the thing, but you don't want it to end.
"Bryson captures the atmosphere of a bygone age."
Probably the Best Audio Book I have Heard so far, But I am a Big Fan..
The Sad and disappointing end story of Linbergh and his wife.
No this is the first time, but he brings an extraordinary warmth to his performance and actually enthuses the listener with his subject.
You think the world today is nuts?
I would recommend this Book to anyone, I have actually listened to some parts several times over.
"Very interesting if a little long winded"
It covered the american history very well and in enough depth for an englishman to understand
I like his style he has a friendly style and you can hear him chuckle at some of the more weird stuff
Laugh at some of the things that happend
This is the fouth book of Bills I have listened to and look forward to the next one
"A fascinating history"
The interweaving of the threads of events and characters that year. I learned a lot.
Lindbergh? The ups and downs, both literal and metaphorical, vividly showed the times and people.
One of the best. Although amusing in parts, it wasn't laugh out loud funny like some earlier books. Bryson's gentle narration enhanced his excellent narrative. How does he find all this stuff?
There were several key threads woven through the book, interspersed with numerous surprising anecdotes. The year was pivotal in so many ways. Initially I was unsure about whether I'd find a whole book on one year of American history to be absorbing. It certainly was.
"Long live BB"
He is a really brilliant story teller,
Only in America
Only keep on writing Bill
"packed with fascinating facts"
Recent historical facts presented in a easy tale telling manner. 1927 was a fascinating year in America, the research pulling little ideas that I had together made the facts memorable.
currently reading Home Fires by Donald Katz, again recent American historical story
The gentle manner he reads the story to you
Hearing the accepted discrimination was shocking and hard to listen too
I read the book and found that so informative and entertaining, I decided to listen to Bill Bryson reading it.This fascinating account of just 6 months in the history of America brought to life and filled in my sketchy knowledge of people like Charles Lindberg, Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, the anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti and many others.I highly recommend this audiobook - perfect accompaniment to a thriller or two to entertain on holiday.
One of Bill Bryson's best books to date.
"An enchanting read"
Fascinating, entertaining, facts
The Lindbergh story was fascinating
The whole thing was very entertaining
Unusually for Mr Bryson, this did not make me laugh out loud, but his quirky humour is there for your enjoyment
Not my favourite work of Mr Bryson (The life and times of the thunderbolt kid had me peeing my pants) but nonetheless immensely enjoyable. The research that went into this book must have been intense and his light hearted look at the various events was thought provoking.
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