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Publisher's Summary

Audible is proud to present One Summer: America, 1927, the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson.

Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

It was the summer of the first talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, and the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth.

With an unforgettable cast of personalities, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism, and delirious energy. What a country; what a summer; and what a writer to bring it all so vividly to life.

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951; he moved to and settled in England in 1977, working in journalism until becoming a full-time author. Bryson is much-loved for his best-selling travel books, from The Lost Continent to Down Under, and Notes from a Small Island earned a particularly special place in the nation's heart - a national poll for World Book Day voted it the book that best represents Britain. A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. Bryson has also written a memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and acclaimed books on language and social history (Mother Tongue, Made in America, At Home).

He lives in the UK with his wife and family, and was awarded an honorary OBE for services to literature.

©2013 Bill Bryson (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • 10-17-17

One Summer:America - Interesting book

One Summer:America - Interesting book
Learnt Lots of things I didn’t know about 1927
It was surprising to see how America had household gadgets
that never came to uk until years later
Good narration

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  • 10-07-17

Great listen!

I've come to really enjoy listening to non-fiction books. There's something in the fact that you hear stories being told instead of reading that makes real events and people more interesting, more real. I think Bill Bryson performance was great, his voice isn't monotonous and keeps you from wandering off. The story itself was surprisingly captivating which I didn't expect. I've really enjoyed it!! Would recommend to anyone interested in American history or just history in general, as well as people who like non fiction presented in very digestible way.

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  • Sebastian
  • 06-26-17

Normally like Bill Bryson but this was a bit dull

Too many lists and dates, not enough interesting stories or anecdotes. Maybe it works better as a book.

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  • 06-19-17

Interesting summation of the 20s, bit dry at times

Initially I was skeptical that enough there would be enough content about these niche events to write a book - I was happily disproved mostly however at times there was way too much detail about tediously boring events and meaningless statistics. It would have also been nice to hear about more women!

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  • Graham
  • 06-12-17

Great book!!

too much baseball statistics, hence the 4 stars, otherwise a great listen. Worth persevering through the baseball stuff for all the other fascinating facts. One summer is an excellent addition to your collection.

ps. you can tell I'm no fan of the game.

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  • june gibson
  • 05-17-17

Always entertaining

History enlightened I wish that I had Bill Bryson when young, amusing and absorbing.Thank you Audible.

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  • 04-09-17

Really interesting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's a fascinating insight into America in the 1920's.

What did you like best about this story?

The details about events and people in America in the 1920's.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not only did Bryson explain what happened in 1927 he explained the history behind the events and the consequences

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

It made me laugh at times and shocked me at times when hearing about some of the things that were done by the American government and individuals

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book. It's a fascinating insight into America in the 1920's and beyond

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  • Mauritz
  • 02-21-17

Great listen!!

Perfect book to listen to on the road!!
Bill Bryson at his best!
loved it.
History history history

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  • Elaine
  • 02-19-17

Entirely engaging

Loved all the twists and turns Bryson so masterly weaves together. Wonderfully entertaining and informative.

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  • Michael
  • 02-02-17

fascinating

fascinating stories that are well writtern, even the baseball stories,and nicely narrated by Bill Bryson