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One Summer Audiobook

One Summer: America, 1927

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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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    Jason S. 06-16-16
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    "Excellent read once again"

    Bryson never fails. Great story, lots of new info and learned new facts. Thank you Bill.

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    Jarrod 06-15-16
    Jarrod 06-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Amazing!"

    This book was a true delight. It's hard to believe that all history happened in one summer. Mr. Bryson writes in a way that is engaging and keeps me hooked! I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys history.

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    Kim 05-28-16
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    "uncomfortable pronunciation, but interesting story"

    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.

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    Amie Brownlee 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "informative"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 05-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bryson does it again"

    Great once again full of amazing facts . I read it over and over. Fantastic.

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    flower fan 05-14-16
    flower fan 05-14-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Great narration of a slice of history!"

    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.

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    Patricia McCorkle 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating and important!"

    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

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    "Another Bill Bryson Classic!"

    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.

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    Pickledgringo Caribbean 05-05-16
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    "Didn't love it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

    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.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Author's performance was good.


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    I would have preferred more of a story.

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    The Frog Rochester, NY 04-27-16
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    "A Year of Amazing History"

    I love history, and this was a great book. Bill has a strange cadence while reading, but I got used to it. Worth a listen.

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