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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"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.
"More Bryson for Fans"
This is a fun book for fans of the Bryson style. There was rather a lot of baseball for my liking, but the Lindburg story interested me and the usual social history of a particular time in America I found fascinating.
I enjoy Bill Bryson, but some of the word/etymology books I find a bit esoteric.
Bill Bryson's dry humour and sardonic tone makes for a great listen. You can imagine his voice when reading the book, but it is nice to have a talking companion on a long journey.
"Excellently researched - Great listen!"
What a fantastic book. Bryson really went to town on this one!
I spent many an hour walking along the beach front listening to the wonders this book produced; from the exciting berth of american aviation and how it transfixed and entertained the world, to the athletic genius of Babe ruth hitting homer after homer week in and week out, to even listening to the exploits of the most notorious and ruthless gangster of all time, Al Capone, I can tell you that I spent many a happy hour becoming educated in all things 1920s america worth knowing.
I can honestly tell you Bill Bryson did his homework with all the great things that happened during this time and I would urge you to give it a go and learn just why the 1920s era was dubbed the "roaring 20s".
P.S. Bill Bryson as a narrator = I thought he was great! A little monotonous (to be expected from someone who is not a professional narrator) but I actually found this to be a positive as his voice is quite relaxing.
"Not up to usual standards"
Yes It was still interesting but not as good as other Bill Bryson books.
I would have made it less wordy and more humorous.
Mellow, smooth, hypnotic
"entertaining and utterly delightful!"
Bill Brysons voice made it for me. It was like being read to by a favourite uncle
I could'nt really choose - they were all so strange and wonderful, I guess I was captivated by all the aviators and learning more about Babe Ruth and early baseball was a delight. The darker stuff on eugenics was jaw dropping
His evident joy on researching all this stuff and passing on to me. It made the trip to work and back a real pleasure - am tempted to listen to it over again.
I wish he would read more of his books. He may not be the best reader but he obviously knows his own work and his delivery is charming.
"Interesting, but not a single-sit listen"
Yes, but with some caveats. The story and Bryson's research is impressive, and it was definitely interesting, but his voice is so soporific that I can't take too much of I just fall asleep.
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