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One Summer Audiobook

One Summer: America, 1927

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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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    Pat Barber 12-17-16
    Pat Barber 12-17-16

    Horizon Award winning singer songwriter listening to audio books as his tour bus rolls through the most beautiful places in America.

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    "nobody could do it better"

    Bill Bryson's writing and delivery of this historical account of the summer of 1927 is flawless. is deadpan delivery had me giggling and fascinated from Sedona to Nashville and back from my last tour of 2016. Some of the plotlines could have been ripped from recent events. Biased judges, politicians who can't handle facts and the public content to feed on BS and drama..

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    J. Head Lynn, AL USA 12-15-16
    J. Head Lynn, AL USA 12-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Another good Bryson effort"
    What did you love best about One Summer?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of events he covered his in book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story of Babe Ruth along with that of Lindbergh, were, I think, the most interesting.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    His voice his calm and measured, you get a sense that he IS the author (which of course he is). I enjoyed his readings.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of Lou Gehrig was particularly moving.


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    Ana 12-02-16
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    "Usually like Bryson's narration, but not for this..."

    Bryson comes off detached and a little Peter Lorresque. That said, the content is thorough, well told and frighteningly relevant to the current cultural climate of America.

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    Alison 10-20-16
    Alison 10-20-16
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    "Knew it would be good, turned out to be excellent"

    Bill Bryson paints a portrait of America in 1927 by weaving threads from many aspects of American life between the two world wars -- Prohibition, aviation, crime and punishment, the rise of tabloid media, baseball, radio, movies, etc. It's a complicated picture, but very well executed. I picked this book thinking it might be mildly interesting because I have enjoyed other books by Bryson, but it was so much better that I had expected.

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    WilliamsinNC Swansboro, NC, United States 10-15-16
    WilliamsinNC Swansboro, NC, United States 10-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed the History but . ."
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Bill Bryson?

    Have read Bryson's book about the Appalachian Trail. He is a snob and rude about some of the places and people he wrote about. The contents of this book redeemed my interest in reading but not so much listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was a history book. No real favorites.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Bryson?

    Absolutely anyone else. He almost ruined listening to the book.


    Do you think One Summer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Although "history is a pack of lies we play upon the dead", Bryson's slice of time was interesting and well worth reading another period. Please do let him narrate.


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    Cynthia Baker 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    I am a huge fan of Bill Bryson's writing and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! His way of making connections between events and people makes the book come alive. If you are a Bryson fan already, add it to your book list. If you are not yet a Bryson fan, get the book and become one.

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    Happy Woodstock, NY, USA 09-14-16
    Happy Woodstock, NY, USA 09-14-16 Member Since 2003
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    "Fascinating Historical Detail"

    This is a highly readable, fast-moving and fascinating book, filled to the brim with amazing, sometimes mind-boggling, details.

    Although a clear and engaging writer, Bryson's reading is often off-putting. He drops final syllables and emphasizes others in what becomes an odd, artificial-sounding and often distracting cadence. The listening experience would have been greatly enhanced by a professional reader.

    That said, I highly recommend this book. Its written content far outweighs Bryson's shortcomings as a narrator. One listens in awe and wonder as, chapter by chapter, you hear historical facts that put his chosen era into clear and sometimes dismaying focus. A truly brilliant book.

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    "Bryson is a fabulous storyteller!"

    I everything Bill Bryson writes. he is gripping and impossible to put down. He ties the different event together with masterful clarity.

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    Ryan 07-20-16
    Ryan 07-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "one of Brysons best"

    I've read most of Brysons books. I would recommend this one to any history buffs.

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    Nicholas Keith Lansing, MI 07-06-16
    Nicholas Keith Lansing, MI 07-06-16 Member Since 2010

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    It was a good book although I got the feeling that many of the stories were pulled from popular media accounts as they seem far fetched or sensationalized. For instance the boxer having 6 teeth knocked out. You can watch the fight on YouTube and read the accounts it does not seem to be the case. Very interesting book if you are a fan of popular American history

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