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
I don't know much about history while my father and husband know quite a bit. All three of us loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone. It's also fun because you can have friends listen to segments and they will enjoy it even if they haven't heard the beginning of it, so it's great for car trips with different people too.
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 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.
I love history. Bill's narrative just flows from one story to the next. Giving pertinent information to connect the stories. Very good.
Weaves a lot of interesting and intriguing events together -- one of Bill's best !
Great combination of narration and content. Bryson delivers his stories with charm and whimsy. He brings his stories to life beautifully.
Best Bryson book I have "read".
His sense of humor and appreciation for his characters.
don't have any idea
Wonderfully entertaining and informative. I learned a lot about the history of the first half of the 20th century, and had a great time doing it.
I love Bill Bryson's narrating. So I'm definitely a fan of the audio version.
Just the fact that he could get a person like me who's absolutely disinterested in baseball to gain a more full appreciation for the sport as a classic American pastime.
As good as the others.
I love Bill Bryson because he provides a lot of very interesting tidbits about subjects that I never would have cared to research on my own. And his humor is definitely a hoot.
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