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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"What a year that was!"
Bill Bryson draws the reader in to a time of momentous change, a tipping point in American culture. From the first air crossing of the Atlantic to the exploits of 'Babe' Ruth on and off the baseball field. A fascinating piece of popular history.
"Long winded but interesting"
There is too much detail on some topics, but it remains interesting. Bryson reads well, although I prefer his slightly more serious tone in At Home. I bought this to fall asleep to, and so far it has been successful
"Another great Bryson"
Great story with loads of interesting stories and facts.
I believe it really adds to the story when it's read by the author, it makes it feel more personal.
"Bill Bryson usual great style :)"
Great book, as usual :) loots of facts delivered in interesting way. Wouldn't mind to listen again
"Captivating and brilliant"
Wow - what a sweep of every class of history: politics, sport, economics, social, entertainment, media, scientific and more. That could sound like a pretty boring read, but the whole thing is beautifully orchestrated into a wonderfully entertaining set of stories, biographies, themes and anecdotes that recur and intersect in unexpected ways. I have no adverse criticisms but the tiniest warning: if you are not into baseball you might drift off briefly as statistics are reeled off and every player in the Yankees team is summarised.
Very interesting book engagingly narrated by the author. The interplay between many of the individuals described makes for a fascinating story.
"Full of interest and enchantment"
Wonderful. So much detail and never boring. Bryson, yet again, brings history to life. Thank you.
A fascinating account of a short period of American history. It's packed with amazing characters and events you couldn't invent.
"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.
"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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