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One Summer: America, 1927 | [Bill Bryson]

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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    Jose 12-08-13
    Jose 12-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    ... but after a slow, narrow and sometimes even dull plotless narrative it does get much better and is well worth the listening time.

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    Susan Gregg Gilmore Nashville, Tennessee 12-08-13
    Susan Gregg Gilmore Nashville, Tennessee 12-08-13 Member Since 2013

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    What did you love best about One Summer?

    Learning more about the beginnings of flight, beyond the stories or Orville and Wilbur Wright and Charles Lindbergh.


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    james United States 12-06-13
    james United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very interesting information"

    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.

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    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 12-02-13
    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

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    "More than what I thought"
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    Yes, because it has more history than I thought.


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

    Have no idea.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

    There was no character. Mr. Bryson did a fine job of telling the history.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I started the book I really didn't have any idea what I was getting here. It is very rich in history.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lauren CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-22-13
    Lauren CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent, Interesting Stories!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    txkimmers Austin, TX 11-15-13
    txkimmers Austin, TX 11-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A delight, as always"

    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.

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    irene 11-09-13
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    "1927 but really a lot more"
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    The events of 1927 and the history before and after. Bryson is good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the surrounding information.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Ordinarily, I find writers should leave narration to the pros, but Bryson was certainly satisfactory. In fact, a good job here.


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    BRADLEY MONTICELLO, GA, United States 11-09-13
    BRADLEY MONTICELLO, GA, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Any story by Bryson is a great story"
    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of Bryson's stories are great. I enjoy learning a little history and having some good laughs at the same time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I hope I don't startle other drivers when I laugh out loud in my car.


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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Bryson could make a phone book interesting"

    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.

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    heather 11-05-13
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    If you could sum up One Summer in three words, what would they be?

    A grand listen.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself taking the long way home so that I could listen to more of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for his next book.

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