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One Summer: America 1927

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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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  • Phil Harris
    7/3/15
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    "Full of interest and enchantment"

    Wonderful. So much detail and never boring. Bryson, yet again, brings history to life. Thank you.

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  • Annie V
    Buckinghamshire UK
    5/9/15
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    "Brilliant"

    A fascinating account of a short period of American history. It's packed with amazing characters and events you couldn't invent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    4/14/15
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    "The past comes alive!"

    I have come to the conclusion that Bill Bryson can write interesting books about anything - and this one is no exception.

    Set in and around 1927 (in fact things do wander around the years quite a lot, mostly setting the scene) the predominant themes are aviation, baseball, boxing, crime and government. However - do not let any of that put you off...!

    For example - I am not a baseball fan (nor do I know very much about it), but the manner in which Bryson weaves together a multitude of themes and frankly fascinating facts - ensures it is both interesting and entertaining. I actually feel like I've learnt a lot listening to this - and enjoyed doing so. Perhaps Bryson should be paid to write text books for the masses!

    Although I was initially unsure about Bryson as narrator - he is excellent. His voice and accent are pleasant and his pace is spot on. Being the author, his delivery seems to have an added authority. I'm not sure exactly where his accent is from but found myself - unsuccessfully - trying to say some words the way he does (even simple ones like "sea"!)

    If you enjoy slightly quirky history, and certainly if you are interested in any of the main topics listed above - you will almost certainly enjoy this. If you have a strong aversion to any of them - or the America centered viewpoint puts you off (although the clue is in the title) you may not find it as enjoyable and interesting as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    3/23/15
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    "Entertaining and informative."

    I've listened to a few of Bill Brysons books now and always feel like I've had my money's worth. I prefer the one's read by Bill himself, as Indeed this one is, and was kept interested from beginning to end.

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  • robbyv
    coventry
    3/20/15
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    "Great immersion into US history and culture."

    A nicely woven story across baseball,politics, media and flying. Fondly obscure and core facts used to show brilliantly a snapshot of the U.S. A great audiobook for the car as the common threads and wandering stories enabled duping in and out with ease. I recommend it.

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  • Greg foster
    3/14/15
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    "An excellent account of the summer of 1927"

    I love Bryson , his books always turn potentially boring accounts of events into something which comes alive and is far more interesting than a casual reader/ listener could perhaps imagine . This account of the people and events of one summer- 1927, is also a must listen for fans of Bryson . It's fascinating, insightful and fun , just like all the rest of his books I've read !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Viney
    Somerset
    2/27/15
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    "Wonderfully Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    The list of characters and events detailed in this account so many of which are vaguely familiar to us being given form and insight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The details around Lindbergh and his life besides the events surrounding him in 1927 were both remarkable and fascinating.Celebrity culture is not quite as new as we all like to pretend.


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

    As usual Bryson is so readable and therefore easy to listen to that the whole experience is a pleasure.


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

    It captures a moment in history that is not actually so long ago but sounds as if from the distant past. The characters and their trials, tribulations, achievements and failures are fascinating and thought provoking and wonderfully dealt with by Mr Bryson as both writer and narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth taking the time over if you like your history stimulating and not too stuffy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    2/26/15
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    "Fascinating facts fabulously folded into a tale"
    If you could sum up One Summer in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking narrative


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

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

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

    Al Capone funded Chicago police to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars per month… in 1927!


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know how interesting baseball, prohibition, and American politicians were! Bill Bryson manages to generate interesting narrative around some extraordinary events that took place nearly 90 years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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