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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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  • 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
  • Lesley
    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
  • Steve_Morris
    6/18/14
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    "More Bryson for Fans"
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bill Bryson? Why or why not?

    I enjoy Bill Bryson, but some of the word/etymology books I find a bit esoteric.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    6/15/14
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    "Excellently researched - Great listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Little Mountain, Australia
    6/11/14
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    "Not up to usual standards"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes It was still interesting but not as good as other Bill Bryson books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made it less wordy and more humorous.


    What three words best describe Bill Bryson’s voice?

    Mellow, smooth, hypnotic


    Was One Summer worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexis
    CANTERBURY, United Kingdom
    5/20/14
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    "entertaining and utterly delightful!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    Bill Brysons voice made it for me. It was like being read to by a favourite uncle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pippa
    UK
    4/21/14
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    "Interesting, but not a single-sit listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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