Audie Award Finalist, History, 2014
One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive for us in this certain best-seller.
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I loved the idea of zeroing in on a particular time period. I've read some other Bill Bryson and liked it ok. I haven't seen the book which I hope to get from the library. I can't believe it was written as badly as it was spoken.
It was amazing to think that back in those days tens of thousands of people would come out for a celebration of a "hero". I also liked the descriptions of Fordlandia!
A better reader would have done wonders for the book.
Yes. It inspired me to look up Sacco and Vanzetti and perhaps someday(way down the list) to delve into Hoover(Herbert and J.Edgar).
Bill Bryson should be informed that he is not a reader!!
This is a very good book. Bryson weaves together the worlds of politics, aviation, sports, entertainment, crime, invention, and business to give a snapshot view of the United States in 1927.. It works very well and is a pleasure to read. However, Bryson should stick to writing. I had just listened to several books read by actors, and there is a big difference between a professional voice and an amateur. With Bryson, the listener is distracted by his uneven accent -- where is he from, California? with a touch of Brit? Canada? I kept thinking of the characters on Saturday Night Live's skit, "The Californians."And it is just not smooth. The wrong words are emphasized in the narratives and it is really distracting. I finally bought the book and started from the beginning to read it myself. I loved it!
The in-depth, lack-of-fear look at the 'heros' of the early 20th century.
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Great stories. An eye-opening look at history. However, it was all diluted by Bryson's narration of his work. He should have left that to someone else.
I had no idea I would learn more about American history through one single summer's perspective than I did in two high school and six college courses! Bill Bryson is the genius who was able to give me that opportunity. And, you'll miss out if you don't listen to him narrate his own words... I can only hope he never stops writing and reading!
There are so many different stories about people and America that you never lose attention. He ties them all together so well, you will want to read all his books. And I have.
Yes. To revisit the characters in this book would be a joy.
Lindburgh. He seemed bigger than life. A man that could not have existed.
Yes, I liked his narration.
It scared the daylights out of me. It seems that not much has changed since 1927, that is what is really scarey.
I loved the book. It was a different read, unique.
If only all my high school teachers had the wit and the clarity of communication that Mr Bryson has, I might have paid more attention. I begin every one of his books in anticipation of learning much and laughing more. This book truly astounded me in the number of significant events that occurred in 1927. I couldn't understand how it was that I knew nothing about the magnitude of public adoration and celebration caused by Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic. Nor did I know about the equally significant achievement by other men which went practically unnoticed because the public just couldn't be bothered to be distracted from the Lindberg craze.
Read this book and become an instant history buff.
Enlightening, engaging, great read
Any other Bryson book
I am a big fan of Bill Bryson, he is the best storyteller in modern times, and can make any topic interesting - From Shakespeare to Australia, and has done it again with this book, highlighting a forgotten era which had some tremendous turning points which affect the way we live and think today. More please!
I am not a history buff, but Bill Bryson can make anything funny and interesting. I was riveted to the story of 1927 and amazed how many of the issues were the same as now, and how horrible certain aspects of our society were at that time (racism, Nazi ideals). The aviation stories were intense and I could not wait to get back to listening. Naturally the best narrator of any book is going to be the guy who wrote it. I will listen to it again.
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