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One Summer Audiobook

One Summer: America, 1927

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.
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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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    Martha 03-26-15
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    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.

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    Teresa United States 03-19-15
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    "Bill Bryson is Great!"

    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.

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    J. Baker San Diego, California, US 03-12-15
    J. Baker San Diego, California, US 03-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great and lesser haled Americans of importance"

    I hate baseball. This has a lot of baseball in it. I was still very much interested the entire duration of the book.

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    JHG 02-28-15
    JHG 02-28-15 Member Since 2015

    I live in Northern Virginia and listen to audio books every day during my commute and during walks.

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    "A good book if you like Bryson"
    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    GoldensRule Cary, NC USA 01-13-15
    GoldensRule Cary, NC USA 01-13-15
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    "Not one of my favorites"

    I listen to other books over and over. This one felt a bit too heavy in parts. Still an ok Bryson book.

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    "Very interesting."

    I love history. Bill's narrative just flows from one story to the next. Giving pertinent information to connect the stories. Very good.

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    Pegeen 01-03-15
    Pegeen 01-03-15

    reading is pure joy

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    "WOW jammed packed with good writing, cool events"

    Weaves a lot of interesting and intriguing events together -- one of Bill's best !

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    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-22-14
    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about One Summer?

    Great combination of narration and content. Bryson delivers his stories with charm and whimsy. He brings his stories to life beautifully.


    What other book might you compare One Summer to and why?

    Best Bryson book I have "read".


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

    His sense of humor and appreciation for his characters.


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

    don't have any idea


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kevin A. Campbell Atlanta, GA 12-10-14
    Kevin A. Campbell Atlanta, GA 12-10-14

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    "What fun!"

    This is an easy one to get through. As always, Bryson keeps it amusing, yet informative.

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    Yon 12-02-14
    Yon 12-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bill Bryson rocks."
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Summer to be better than the print version?

    I love Bill Bryson's narrating. So I'm definitely a fan of the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as the others.


    Any additional comments?

    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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