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One Summer Audiobook

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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    eatswiththecows 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Boys' History, for Boys"

    Mr. Bryson has selectively written a history of what American men did in 1927. Women make appearances here and there as prostitutes, or they get mentioned by name if they killed their husbands. (Not joking.) I wish he'd just written the history of baseball that he clearly wanted to write and saved the rest of us the trouble.

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    Erl Gould Purnell Simsbury, CT USA 04-16-15
    Erl Gould Purnell Simsbury, CT USA 04-16-15
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    "More excellent Bryson"

    He's done it again. The trip to 1927 is captivating. Who knew so much had happened that summer/year? Bill Bryson did and he brings it to the listener in his own inimitable voice. Thanks.

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    Cy Judge 04-14-15
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    "Enjoyable & informative"

    Like his other recent books a well written and enjoyable look at a subject I might otherwise have passed by.

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    Priya 04-11-15
    Priya 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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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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    Thomas B. 03-27-15
    Thomas B. 03-27-15
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    "1920's"

    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
    Martha 03-26-15 Member Since 2012
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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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    Teresa United States 03-19-15
    Teresa United States 03-19-15 Member Since 2010
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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
    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
    Daisy 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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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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