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 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 . . . "
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.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed One Summer. It was a remarkable year, but the way Bill Bryson takes each event and story of the summer, provides the background and context, and spins them all together matching and intertwining, it is very well done. And his reading of it provides an authenticity that gives it just that much more credibility.
While this book relies a little too heavily on two major characters of the era, the surrounding material is engrossing enough to make up for myopia. Bryson's so-so effort is still better than almost anyone's best.
Very very in depth, gives a good feel for the decade as a whole.
Bill should stick to research and writing-he cannot narrate and numerous times I felt like stopping the Audible app. He ends every sentence on a high note...it killed me!
Good book to read and to listen to if you can somehow tune out Bill's narration and sentence inflection.
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.
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