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
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.
I hate baseball. This has a lot of baseball in it. I was still very much interested the entire duration of the book.
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. :-(
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.
I live in Northern Virginia and listen to audio books every day during my commute and during walks.
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.
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.
Bill Bryson takes us on a journey through early 20th Century America and how we became the leaders in aviation and to a surprising extend popular culture in the world. The consistent themes of Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth form the framework for a narrative which illuminates the beginnings of the age of true mass media and pop culture. Thoroughly entertaining and informative. Highly recommended.
Didn't realize how much interesting stuff happened in 1927. Bill does a great job interweaving the fascinating stories. I love his narration too.
I have talked about this book to so many of my friends and family that several of them have started reading it as well...very well researched and fascinating story about an amazing time in US history
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