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.
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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!
Beyond my dislike of Bryson the narrator, Bryson the author continues to amaze me. One Summer was a really good book. There was a little bit of everything that happened in 1927, but there was quite enough stuff to provide a lifetime of memories for those fortunate enough to have lived through that awesome summer.
I was greatly surprised, and quite disappointed, to find out that Charles Lindbergh had such a positive view of Germany in the 1930's.
His books, yes. His performances, no. I tremendously enjoyed "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and was hoping this would be at least as good, and i wasn't disappointed. I'll definitely give another of his books a more than casual glance.
The backstories, the completeness of everything about 1927 is just crazy. We have learned nothing in the past 100 years and yet so much happened the summer of 1927. Even if you aren't a reader this book is extremely engaging and will be read and re-read again and again.
It's just amazing what happened the year of 1927. It isn't just one thing - but so many things. People, places, events that all took place this year.
It's my first Bill Bryson book - there will be more.
This isn't a movie - this is an extended TV series of the highest quality!
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