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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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.
One of Bill Bryson's best books to date.
"An enchanting read"
Fascinating, entertaining, facts
The Lindbergh story was fascinating
The whole thing was very entertaining
Unusually for Mr Bryson, this did not make me laugh out loud, but his quirky humour is there for your enjoyment
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.
"More Bryson for Fans"
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.
I enjoy Bill Bryson, but some of the word/etymology books I find a bit esoteric.
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.
"Excellently researched - Great listen!"
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.
"Not up to usual standards"
Yes It was still interesting but not as good as other Bill Bryson books.
I would have made it less wordy and more humorous.
Mellow, smooth, hypnotic
"entertaining and utterly delightful!"
Bill Brysons voice made it for me. It was like being read to by a favourite uncle
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
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.
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.
"Interesting, but not a single-sit listen"
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.
"Fascinating and Funny"
A really interesting look at a world that is so completely different to our own now in the birth of technology and media but of course just the same in the nature of humanity.
Any other Bill Bryson book!
There were a lot of really gripping stories in this book. Anything with Babe Ruth in it! But I was confused in the end about the Italian duo - there was a lot of time at the beginning of the novel when Bryson seemed to be building up a case that they were probably innocent and then at the end it seemed that experts now think they were probably guilty. But I did take quite a while to get through this book (Christmas holidays were busy) so maybe I just remembered it wrong!
it made me laugh or chuckle out loud quite a few times
Bill Bryson's dry delivery was very good.
"Facinating that this summer was such a watershed"
It is a great history lesson told in a very interesting way
All of the characters hold fascination because they were all real and made such meaningful contributions to our world today (even those who were murderers!)
This headline isn't helpful. Bill Bryson is a great narrator and I would only buy his books narrated by him as his syntax is unique and so those who try to read it in his style often come up short by comparison to him.
the year that shaped a century.
Loved it and would recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by how things today came about.
"Yes, but what a Summer..."
Baseball. Lindbergh. America.
Babe Ruth - he was a bit of a boor, and more than a bit of a womaniser yet you couldn't help but sympathise with him and his all-too-human frailties.
It doesn't quite scale the heights of, what for me was his finest, "In A Sunburned Country" but this is definitely top 5 Bryson.
Not really, by its very nature it was somewhat episodic and this lent itself all the better to being consumed in chunks.
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