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One Summer: America, 1927 | [Bill Bryson]

One Summer: America, 1927

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.
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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

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    "Bryson never disappoints!"

    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.

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    chagui66 Florida, USA 03-29-15
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    "Baseball, Aviation, Prohibition, and Stock Markets"

    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.

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    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.

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    Martha 03-26-15
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    "Loved it"

    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.

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    "Bill Bryson is Great!"

    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.

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    J. Baker San Diego, California, US 03-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great and lesser haled Americans of importance"

    I hate baseball. This has a lot of baseball in it. I was still very much interested the entire duration of the book.

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    Daisy 03-04-15
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    "My favorite author and favorite narrator"

    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. :-(

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    Nand Hart Nibbrig Los Angeles 02-28-15
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    "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.

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    I live in Northern Virginia and listen to audio books every day during my commute and during walks.

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    "A good book if you like Bryson"
    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Roger Davies New York City, New York USA 02-28-15
    Roger Davies New York City, New York USA 02-28-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Bryson is always on his game"

    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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