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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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    flower fan 05-14-16
    flower fan 05-14-16 Member Since 2014

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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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    Amazon Customer 05-08-16
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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
    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.


    Did One Summer inspire you to do anything?

    Write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have preferred more of a story.

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    The Frog Rochester, NY 04-27-16
    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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    Temblor Tuscumbia, Al. 04-14-16
    Temblor Tuscumbia, Al. 04-14-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Bill Bryson does it again!"

    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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    Dale 04-12-16
    Dale 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stuff from Bryson!"

    If I could sit n have a beer with any writer it would be Bryson!

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    Richard United States 03-31-16
    Richard United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Bryson: Great author, not so great narrator."
    Where does One Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One 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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill Bryson’s performances?

    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.


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    Brian Garrett Westminster, CO United States 03-15-16
    Brian Garrett Westminster, CO United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's my first Bill Bryson book - there will be more.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This isn't a movie - this is an extended TV series of the highest quality!


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    "Very enjoyable!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bill Bryson never disappoints, and I'm looking forward to his next masterpiece.

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