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
The author's pronunciation is a bit unclear, which bothered me in the beginning. As I kept listening I got used to it, and found the story highly intriguing.
If you are looking for straight information this is an excellent book. There is a lot of it. I found it hard to keep track of all the different people and events...but I guess that is what makes 1927 fascinating.
It was fascinating to my husband and me of the vast number of very famous people and events that shared space during this amazing summer. We were especially impressed with the biographical sketches that he seamlessly wove into the narrative.
It is truly amazing how the overlapping events in a sliver of time could have so affected the rest of the 20th century. After that time, our lves could never be the same. Yet there is a haunting similarity to be found in today's world event s
Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" remains my benchmark for his body of works. One Summer has more history, less humor, but it has everything it needs and more to enthrall, educate, entertain, and fulfill virtually anyone with a beating heart.
Bill Bryson narrates his works best, since he knows what to emphasize, where to pause, where to whisper or shout, of course, he knows exactly what the author (himself) meant at all times.
I thought the premise of the book was weak. I mean, you pick a point in time and then go dig up a bunch of newspaper stories about what happened during that time and sew them together in a kind of loose narrative. There were some interesting points but there wasn't really a coherent story; rather a compilation of events of the time.
Author's performance was good.
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I would have preferred more of a story.
Another masterpiece by Bryson, with his wonderful sense of irony and dry humor. The fact that he also reads it with his wonderfully confused accent is icing on the cake!
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