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
Bryson reading his own books is the best! Who knew that the summer of 1927 was so pivotal in American history. The iconic characters of Charles Lindberg and Babe Ruth came to life for me. I saw the beginning of tabloid journalism and the set up for the stock market crash. But the best part of listening to this book is that I was so entertained that I couldn't wait to get back in the car so I could hear more.
I knew of many 1920's events such as the stock market crash, Ruth's home run record, and Lindbergh crossing of the Atlantic; however, I have neither read nor heard of how pivotal these events shaped the following decades of the 20th century. Perhaps, in the words of Paul Harvey, Now you know the rest of the story. I would like to read more about the 20's. This was my first book by Bill Bryson, and it will be my last.
fantastic. I love at home and short history, but something was keeping me from this one...I guess I wasn't interested in 1927 all that much. I was damn wrong.
this book puts into sharp relief what a dramatically different world we are in. amazing and engrossing in every way Bill Bryson makes the world.
I couldn't stop, and like at home I know I will listen to this again in its entirety.
I don't know much about history while my father and husband know quite a bit. All three of us loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone. It's also fun because you can have friends listen to segments and they will enjoy it even if they haven't heard the beginning of it, so it's great for car trips with different people too.
His research is impeccable. His writing is superb. And his delivery is excellent. I always learn a lot when I listen to any of his books.
I hate baseball. This has a lot of baseball in it. I was still very much interested the entire duration of the book.
I wish he would narrate more of his unabridged books. I would buy them all. And now I must write five more words in order to submit this review. Lame. :-(
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.
I live in Northern Virginia and listen to audio books every day during my commute and during walks.
This is a good book for passing time. The storys are interesting and I really liked how Bryson intermingled all of the events of 1927. Its the kind of book if you miss something you don't lose anything and you can pick up the book at any point.
Bill Bryson is a personable man with a great sense of humor and excellent writing and reading skills. This was a wonderful story. Bryson had me from the first page.
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