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
Yes. To revisit the characters in this book would be a joy.
Lindburgh. He seemed bigger than life. A man that could not have existed.
Yes, I liked his narration.
It scared the daylights out of me. It seems that not much has changed since 1927, that is what is really scarey.
I loved the book. It was a different read, unique.
If only all my high school teachers had the wit and the clarity of communication that Mr Bryson has, I might have paid more attention. I begin every one of his books in anticipation of learning much and laughing more. This book truly astounded me in the number of significant events that occurred in 1927. I couldn't understand how it was that I knew nothing about the magnitude of public adoration and celebration caused by Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic. Nor did I know about the equally significant achievement by other men which went practically unnoticed because the public just couldn't be bothered to be distracted from the Lindberg craze.
Read this book and become an instant history buff.
Enlightening, engaging, great read
Any other Bryson book
I am a big fan of Bill Bryson, he is the best storyteller in modern times, and can make any topic interesting - From Shakespeare to Australia, and has done it again with this book, highlighting a forgotten era which had some tremendous turning points which affect the way we live and think today. More please!
I am not a history buff, but Bill Bryson can make anything funny and interesting. I was riveted to the story of 1927 and amazed how many of the issues were the same as now, and how horrible certain aspects of our society were at that time (racism, Nazi ideals). The aviation stories were intense and I could not wait to get back to listening. Naturally the best narrator of any book is going to be the guy who wrote it. I will listen to it again.
Worthy, funny read about an incredible summer. Bryson takes you on the journey and you get to ride along with him as you learn about the host of bizarre, real characters portrayed.
I think the first ever audiobook I listened to was by Bill Bryson & I keep coming back for more! Bryson has the ability to make history really come alive. He is able to weave disparate stories together seamlessly and find amusing anecdotes throughout! I love his narration- you can hear the amusement in his voice, plus I just love the way he says "Warshington"!
It's amazing to me how interwoven our history is. Bill Bryson makes all that clear in this fun book. His narration is great, perfect for this book. It's such a quick and easy listen. Worth the credit or the price.
If Bill Bryson wrote history textbooks, my knowledge on the topic would likely be improved ten-fold. He’s such a great storyteller, he’s able to suss out the interesting details that make people, places and times come to life.
In One Summer, he specifically focuses on the events of 1927, though - in honesty - it seems like that’s kind of an excuse for him to write about whatever he found interesting in the first quarter of the century, since he often backtracks to provide back-story leading up to the events of 1927. Regardless, it’s a great ride. One of the reviews I read criticized the book for being disjointed because Bryson hops from topic to topic without a clear plan. That might bother some people, but I didn’t find it distracting.
This book touches on:
* Babe Ruth
* Lou Gerhig
* Charles Lindbergh
* Henry Ford (in general, but also the Model T, the Model A and - most interestingly - Fordlandia)
* The mafia (specifically Chicago and Al Capone)
A book lover from way back
When I first saw the title of this book I wasn't terribly intrigued. One summer? 1927? But, given every book I've ever read by Bill Bryson has been well worth it, I figured I'd give it a shot. And boy, am I sure glad I did?!?
One of the things that I'm always struck about by a good book is how it causes me to think about and become interested in things and people and events that I never was aware of or thought about before. In that context, this book delivers and then some!
There are so many wonderful characters and events the are brought to life in this book; I'm sure I'll have lots of new things to explore for a long time to come.
Bill Bryson is easily one of my favorite authors and I eagerly await his next book.
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