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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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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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

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