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One Summer: America 1927 | [Bill Bryson]

One Summer: America 1927

One Summer: America, 1927, is 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Bill Bryson (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Eleanor
    2/4/15
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    "I learnt so much!"

    Mesmiring and all stories beautifully entwined. An excellent accompaniment to my long Sunday runs. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ninny.chris
    12/30/14
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    "Tedious in the extreme"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure really. Hardened Bill Bryson fans I suppose.


    What could Bill Bryson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There is far too much description and not enough action.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not finished the book as I completely lost interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Superpredator
    12/14/14
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    "A snapshot of America in its heyday."
    What did you like most about One Summer?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. With a good book, you want to devour the thing, but you don't want it to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Brown
    12/6/14
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    "Bryson captures the atmosphere of a bygone age."
    Where does One Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the Best Audio Book I have Heard so far, But I am a Big Fan..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    The Sad and disappointing end story of Linbergh and his wife.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first time, but he brings an extraordinary warmth to his performance and actually enthuses the listener with his subject.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You think the world today is nuts?


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this Book to anyone, I have actually listened to some parts several times over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom
    11/11/14
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    "Very interesting if a little long winded"
    What did you like most about One Summer?

    It covered the american history very well and in enough depth for an englishman to understand


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I like his style he has a friendly style and you can hear him chuckle at some of the more weird stuff


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh at some of the things that happend


    Any additional comments?

    This is the fouth book of Bills I have listened to and look forward to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    7/20/14
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    "A fascinating history"
    What did you like most about One Summer?

    The interweaving of the threads of events and characters that year. I learned a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lindbergh? The ups and downs, both literal and metaphorical, vividly showed the times and people.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sandra
    DEAL, United Kingdom
    7/10/14
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    "Long live BB"
    If you could sum up One Summer in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting,brilliant,superb


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting facts.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    He is a really brilliant story teller,


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Only in America


    Any additional comments?

    Only keep on writing Bill

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lepaul
    7/8/14
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    "packed with fascinating facts"
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare One Summer to, and why?

    currently reading Home Fires by Donald Katz, again recent American historical story


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The gentle manner he reads the story to you


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

    Hearing the accepted discrimination was shocking and hard to listen too


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BRMBDS
    7/7/14
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    "Fascinating"
    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    One of Bill Bryson's best books to date.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "An enchanting read"
    If you could sum up One Summer in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, entertaining, facts


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    The Lindbergh story was fascinating


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole thing was very entertaining


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Unusually for Mr Bryson, this did not make me laugh out loud, but his quirky humour is there for your enjoyment


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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