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
Susan Gregg Gilmore
Learning more about the beginnings of flight, beyond the stories or Orville and Wilbur Wright and Charles Lindbergh.
Outstanding. Bill kept me interested throughout with his wit and unique information, most of which I did not know. There is so much about the 20's that I had heard about, but really knew very little about. I really appreciate the opportunity to hear Bill tell me more about that era.
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
Yes, because it has more history than I thought.
Have no idea.
There was no character. Mr. Bryson did a fine job of telling the history.
When I started the book I really didn't have any idea what I was getting here. It is very rich in history.
You just don't get a history of one year. You get much more. One mistake though, Brigham Young University is in Provo, Utah not Salt Lake City. That is the home of the University of Utah.
I really enjoyed the stories he tells. I now feel like I have a clear image of what the United States - and the world - was like in this period. For example, some of the book speaks about Lindbergh. Sure, you know that Lindbergh was famous for flying across the Atlantic, but this book paints the picture of all the trials that led up to that point - all the failures and challenges, and the struggles that he faced.
Plus, you'll get a clear picture of each person's personality. Bryson does a great job of weaving together interesting facts, historical perspectives, and impact to the modern day. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.My one complaint is that Bryson has a bit of a strange accent going into the book. After a chapter or so it doesn't bother you much, but it's a little odd at first.
Bryson never fails to please me, I loved this as I have loved all of his works. It put me in the mood to go back and have a nice re-listen to all of his stuff.
The events of 1927 and the history before and after. Bryson is good.
All of the surrounding information.
Ordinarily, I find writers should leave narration to the pros, but Bryson was certainly satisfactory. In fact, a good job here.
All of Bryson's stories are great. I enjoy learning a little history and having some good laughs at the same time.
Yes, I hope I don't startle other drivers when I laugh out loud in my car.
Is there nothing that Bill Bryson can't take and make fascinating? Just one summer in America and I feel like I was there.
I've listened to every Bryson book out there and this one is among the top.
Bryson entertains and teaches at the same time. From the most minutia details to broad strokes, he covers everything.
Also, he reads his books with a warm engaging voice. I feel like a partner curled up next to him as he reads. Very intimate.
If this is your first Bryson book, listen to it, and then get all the others.
A grand listen.
I found myself taking the long way home so that I could listen to more of the story.
I can't wait for his next book.
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