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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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    I love history. Bill's narrative just flows from one story to the next. Giving pertinent information to connect the stories. Very good.

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    Pegeen 01-03-15
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    Weaves a lot of interesting and intriguing events together -- one of Bill's best !

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    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-22-14
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    What did you love best about One Summer?

    Great combination of narration and content. Bryson delivers his stories with charm and whimsy. He brings his stories to life beautifully.


    What other book might you compare One Summer to and why?

    Best Bryson book I have "read".


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His sense of humor and appreciation for his characters.


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

    don't have any idea


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully entertaining and informative. I learned a lot about the history of the first half of the 20th century, and had a great time doing it.

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    Kevin A. Campbell Atlanta, GA 12-10-14
    Kevin A. Campbell Atlanta, GA 12-10-14

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    "What fun!"

    This is an easy one to get through. As always, Bryson keeps it amusing, yet informative.

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    Yon 12-02-14
    Yon 12-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bill Bryson rocks."
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Summer to be better than the print version?

    I love Bill Bryson's narrating. So I'm definitely a fan of the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    Just the fact that he could get a person like me who's absolutely disinterested in baseball to gain a more full appreciation for the sport as a classic American pastime.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as the others.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Bill Bryson because he provides a lot of very interesting tidbits about subjects that I never would have cared to research on my own. And his humor is definitely a hoot.

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    D. Littman OH 11-27-14
    D. Littman OH 11-27-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Life is like a box of candy, so are Bryson books"

    Bryson books are like confections, like a box of candy with multiple, surprising fillings. This book is no exception although it is the first I have listened to out of the Audible stable. Bryson tells & interweaves many stories to keep the otherwise too long narrative fresh & interesting. This book focuses on many personalities of the period, among the major ones Lindbergh, Harding, Coolidge & Ford. Lindbergh & flying is a particular focus as are the [now] minor or forgotten colleagues in flight of the period. Bryson's works are not deep, not analytical. I might say "shallow" but I never feel that way when reading his work. I know I can find other works (indeed he often refers to those other works in the text) if I want to dig deeper. I am pretty familiar with the 1920s & with his main characters but I did not find much to complain about in his narrative.

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    DL 11-26-14
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    "Bryson's voice makes my skin crawl"

    Bill Bryson's voice makes my skin crawl; I've never used that term nor had the sensation.
    Add to that Bryson's liberal bias and I had buyer's remorse.

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    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 11-23-14
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    "Bryson's got the best job on the planet."

    At this point, any book this guy writes, and especially if he narrates it, too, I will buy. Not only are they all fascinating (can you imagine hanging out, deciding what might be fun to research in depth and then write about it? And getting paid well to do it?). And his joy comes through. From The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, which is sweet and engaging and personal, to this new book, which illuminates not just a year but a nation at that time and the people who in one way or another represent that time, Bryson never disappoints. He has fun so we don't have to!

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    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 11-12-14
    Rick Cotacachi, Ecuador 11-12-14 Member Since 2013

    In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.

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    "A Summer to Remember"

    Someone asked, “Why 1927?” The answer, of course, is, “Why not?” What may seem at first like a random year drawn from a hat is in reality a summer of superlatives, achieved by legends like Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. But there’s also a wealth of surprising insight that’s new to most of us, about Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Al Capone, Henry Ford and the greatest flood on the Mississippi in its history—not to mention scores of colorful eccentrics you never knew existed but will not soon forget. When the author reels off the fates of all his characters in the epilogue, you realize you've been following a cast of thousands.

    Bill Bryson delivers a deeply researched and endlessly fascinating account as only he can, finding quirks and unearthing indelible meaning in one eventful season between the Great War and the Great Depression. It was a time like no other, and if America could get through it, it just might survive anything.

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    "The Babe and Bill both homerun hiters."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    All of history does not repeat itself. This is about what made the " Greatest Generation". thank God they were there. Scoundrels and heroes, good times and bad makes an interesting recipe for nation building.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    The whole is truly better than its parts but baseball is makes it even better.


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