We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
One Summer Audiobook

One Summer: America, 1927

Regular Price:$35.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, October 2013 - When I'm in the mood for nonfiction, Bill Bryson's brand of witty, creative narrative is exactly what I look for, which is why One Summer: America, 1927; is on my list for October. In this book, Bryson takes us on an in-depth journey through a particularly eventful five months in American history: May - September, 1927. Not all newsworthy stories make it to the front page, but Bryson ensures the obscure, peculiar, and downright fascinating details of this summer are not forgotten, seamlessly weaving them into the events of the big headlines - Charles Lindbergh's solo flight, Babe Ruth's home run streak, and Al Capone's rise to power, to name a few. Self-narrated, One Summer is sure to be must-listen for Bryson fans, nonfiction listeners, and anyone who found themselves obsessing over the details in history class. —Sam, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Bill Bryson (P)2013 Random House Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (2557 )
5 star
 (1501)
4 star
 (773)
3 star
 (213)
2 star
 (46)
1 star
 (24)
Overall
4.5 (2257 )
5 star
 (1374)
4 star
 (651)
3 star
 (174)
2 star
 (35)
1 star
 (23)
Story
4.4 (2267 )
5 star
 (1350)
4 star
 (622)
3 star
 (208)
2 star
 (52)
1 star
 (35)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Unapologetic Colorado 03-02-16
    Unapologetic Colorado 03-02-16 Member Since 2014

    Man

    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Started well - turned into a rant - save ur credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Decent coverage on Lindberg and Baseball but rest was utter opinions veiled as facts. Bryson gets pretty far left bordering on extreme.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Bryson again?

    Already read many, but with his far left rhetoric, prob not!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He has a lisp and a weird accent, Bryson seemed to struggle a lot with some pronunciations, which is ironic as he English is his first language. Bryson should have gotten a professional to read the book, so the words were annunciated better.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    First elation and excitement, which turned into disappointment bordering on disgusting. Bryson basically hates any and all straight white men from that era. He turned the book into his personal rant. Felt like a bait and switch, very similar to Bill Bryson's African Diary turned CARE international advertisement. But at least CARE is a noble cause.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credit, rather get it at the local library so you are not extremely disappointed in the latter half of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brit Suttell 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "All about Lindbergh"

    If I wanted a biography of Lindbergh, I would have bought one. This book is billed as about the summer of 1927, but Bryson spends so much time on backstories that I felt the book hardly touched on that summer. So much time was spent on Charles Lindbergh that Bryson should have just written about him. I was sorely disappointed with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John 12-17-15
    John 12-17-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "not up to bill's standard. "

    this book was hardly worth the 20 words required by audible to write a review. save your cash on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    laura miller 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "listen alot"
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    well written, fully enjoyed, but i felt the narrator was very hard to understand at times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nand Hart Nibbrig Los Angeles 02-28-15
    Nand Hart Nibbrig Los Angeles 02-28-15

    CSI

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Rich with Facts and Historical Phenomenon"

    Great story about a largely forgotten era. Key figures and events make for moments intrigue every minute. The readers vocal tone may leave something to be desired but the story makes up for it in droves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Douglas 02-08-15
    Douglas 02-08-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Long long long"

    Too much detail, engaging written, still eventually is just too much. The epilogue, with another hour of facts, did me in. I caved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-07-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-07-14 Member Since 2010

    MTF

    HELPFUL VOTES
    657
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    235
    202
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    50
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bryson's best!"

    I have read or listened to many Bill Bryson books, and One Summer is definitely my favorite. It grabbed my interest at the start, and never let go. There were just so many fascinating things that happened in America in 1927. Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, prohibition and gangsters, anarchists, etc.. This book goes deeply enough into the key characters to satisfy, but also has so many fascinating stories. I sometimes look at life today and think with nostalgia about what life must have been like in those simple olden days. Reading this, you see America in 1927 for the good and the bad, and I realize life today is not so bad. If social history has any interest to you, you should try this book. The author narrated it, and it took me a while to get used to his voice. I wish he had left that job to a professional. Still, I loved the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tracy 08-16-14
    Tracy 08-16-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bryson always entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    Bryson is a great researcher and a brilliant writer. He can make anything entertaining. I've read most of his books. Still in this book, I did find myself skipping some sections of people I didn't find all that interesting when he was writing about aviation. Other sections great! Loved the baseball and boxing details. I kept saying to my husband, "did you know that . . . "


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    As much as l like Bryson as a writer, I would have enjoyed a professional performance of this book. I almost quit listening, but then adjusted to Bryson voice and style and finished it. I'm glad I did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Birdshot 08-13-14
    Birdshot 08-13-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story - too bad about the narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed the material and the writing. Bryson has a rare talent for weaving facts into an absorbing story, he just shouldn't narrate it out loud. As interested as I was in the what was being said, I was constantly distracted by Bryson's odd hybrid accent and annoying pacing. Worth listening to, but would have been much better with a professional reader at the mic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard C. Sears 03-05-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrible reading job"
    What disappointed you about One Summer?

    The narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reading is so bad, so tin-eared, I was feeling sorry for the author, until I discovered that the reader was actually the author himself. He is always stressing the wrong word. It sounds as if he hadn't read the book!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.