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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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  • Ruth
  • 03-27-16

This is too long

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A lot - I love Bill Bryson but this was a pretty dull book. His prose is excellent but the story itself just didn't sustain my interest

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Nope

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  • Col
  • 03-08-16

Perfect if you're a fan of America in 1927

Perfect if you're a fan of America in 1927 and a fan of baseball. Otherwise, the narrative is somewhat limited. Big fan of Bryson, so I'd listen to anything he's got to say.

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  • Mrs
  • 01-03-16

Bill Bryson at his best

Where does One Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audiobooks well constructed and well narrated. I do not really rank books in this way but if I did in the top 20%

What did you like best about this story?

It made me think about the extent and speed of change since 1927 and the impact on society

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I am not sure scenes is appropriate for non fiction so not sure what Audible expect in this section

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

no

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  • Patricia
  • 11-12-15

What a year that was!

Bill Bryson draws the reader in to a time of momentous change, a tipping point in American culture. From the first air crossing of the Atlantic to the exploits of 'Babe' Ruth on and off the baseball field. A fascinating piece of popular history.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-04-15

Long winded but interesting

There is too much detail on some topics, but it remains interesting. Bryson reads well, although I prefer his slightly more serious tone in At Home. I bought this to fall asleep to, and so far it has been successful

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  • M. Harris
  • 07-24-15

Another great Bryson

What did you like most about One Summer?

Great story with loads of interesting stories and facts.

What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

I believe it really adds to the story when it's read by the author, it makes it feel more personal.

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  • Jaroslaw
  • 07-22-15

Bill Bryson usual great style :)

Great book, as usual :) loots of facts delivered in interesting way. Wouldn't mind to listen again

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  • MR DAVID J HILLS
  • 07-08-15

Captivating and brilliant

Wow - what a sweep of every class of history: politics, sport, economics, social, entertainment, media, scientific and more. That could sound like a pretty boring read, but the whole thing is beautifully orchestrated into a wonderfully entertaining set of stories, biographies, themes and anecdotes that recur and intersect in unexpected ways. I have no adverse criticisms but the tiniest warning: if you are not into baseball you might drift off briefly as statistics are reeled off and every player in the Yankees team is summarised.

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  • John C
  • 07-06-15

Highly recommended

Very interesting book engagingly narrated by the author. The interplay between many of the individuals described makes for a fascinating story.

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  • Phil Harris
  • 07-03-15

Full of interest and enchantment

Wonderful. So much detail and never boring. Bryson, yet again, brings history to life. Thank you.