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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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    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-11-14
    J.B. Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-11-14

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "Bryson can make any topic capturing."
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    No, the tale is a wonderful listen, and has plenty of content but nothing that needs to be reexamined. Once told and heard is enough thank you.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Done well but letf you with the threat that we, like the story's characters, will all have an end; a passing. Did not leave me threatened. Just in melocholia. Seems like Mr. Bryson is considering the duration of all things human.


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

    He is a very competent reader, yet this book, I suspect, would be a good read as well as being a good listen.


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

    No, a little here and then a little more there seemed to be just right. Yet, it wa a pleasant drift into facts and data told in a most charming manner.


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    Barbara Jupiter, FL, United States 01-10-14
    Barbara Jupiter, FL, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Bryson is a great writer, but . . ."

    This is a very good book. Bryson weaves together the worlds of politics, aviation, sports, entertainment, crime, invention, and business to give a snapshot view of the United States in 1927.. It works very well and is a pleasure to read. However, Bryson should stick to writing. I had just listened to several books read by actors, and there is a big difference between a professional voice and an amateur. With Bryson, the listener is distracted by his uneven accent -- where is he from, California? with a touch of Brit? Canada? I kept thinking of the characters on Saturday Night Live's skit, "The Californians."And it is just not smooth. The wrong words are emphasized in the narratives and it is really distracting. I finally bought the book and started from the beginning to read it myself. I loved it!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 01-01-14
    Rosemary Greenwich, CT, United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2007

    I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!

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    "A walk back in time. A Joy!"

    Bill Bryson's picked an extraordinary watershed summer in history to highlight a time we have almost forgotten. Such pure joy!

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    Eli New York 01-01-14
    Eli New York 01-01-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Bryson never fails to entertain!"

    I am amazed at how Bryson manages to pull together all this detailed research and presents it in the wonderful flowing narrative.

    Not my favorite Bryson book, but still an entertaining read. was able to listen to it in sporadic periods over a few weeks, and given the nature of the book, you don't need to be incredibly immersed to pick up where you left off without losing the essence.

    The book is entertaining and an interesting angle to come at when trying share a plethora of trivia. I always come away learning new things from Bryson's books and this one was no different in that regard.

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    J. M. Batista 12-08-13 Member Since 2013

    José M. Batista

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    "It takes some grinding..."

    ... 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

    Susan Gregg Gilmore

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    "Beautifully Researched and Written"
    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?

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

    Not particularly


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    james United States 12-06-13
    james United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2013
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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 M. CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-22-13
    Lauren M. 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 2011
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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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