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One Summer Audiobook

One Summer: America, 1927

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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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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-20-17
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 02-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Planes Trains and Automobiles+Baseball+Boxing..."

    I love history, particularly integrated history, yet this book did not work for me. This is partly because I am largely uninterested in baseball, boxing, and gangsters, so I found those anecdotes unexciting. Then there was a lot on Charles Lindbergh's solo Atlantic flight. This was mildly interesting, but was mostly anecdotal as opposed to historical. Although Lindbergh's flight was an important achievement, it was an achievement that was inevitable to occur around that time. The author, in the final chapter, attempts to address this weakness by suggesting that it was not inevitable that an American would be the first, and this shifted history towards an American century. I really doubt this. I suspect that if some French person was first, America would still have risen both generally and in aviation. There were other stories about Ford, Hoover, and Coolidge, but little I found particularly interesting.

    This is not at all a bad book if you like lots of anecdotes from the past, but it is not really history, and there is little insight here. Perhaps a nice beach read.

    The narration was fine, but not extraordinary.

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    Temblor Tuscumbia, Al. 04-14-16
    Temblor Tuscumbia, Al. 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bill Bryson does it again!"

    Another masterpiece by Bryson, with his wonderful sense of irony and dry humor. The fact that he also reads it with his wonderfully confused accent is icing on the cake!

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    Brit Suttell 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "All about Lindbergh"

    If I wanted a biography of Lindbergh, I would have bought one. This book is billed as about the summer of 1927, but Bryson spends so much time on backstories that I felt the book hardly touched on that summer. So much time was spent on Charles Lindbergh that Bryson should have just written about him. I was sorely disappointed with this book.

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    John 12-17-15
    John 12-17-15
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    "not up to bill's standard. "

    this book was hardly worth the 20 words required by audible to write a review. save your cash on this one.

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    laura miller 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "listen alot"
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    well written, fully enjoyed, but i felt the narrator was very hard to understand at times.


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    Nand Hart Nibbrig Los Angeles 02-28-15
    Nand Hart Nibbrig Los Angeles 02-28-15
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    "Rich with Facts and Historical Phenomenon"

    Great story about a largely forgotten era. Key figures and events make for moments intrigue every minute. The readers vocal tone may leave something to be desired but the story makes up for it in droves.

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    Douglas 02-08-15
    Douglas 02-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Long long long"

    Too much detail, engaging written, still eventually is just too much. The epilogue, with another hour of facts, did me in. I caved.

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-07-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Bryson's best!"

    I have read or listened to many Bill Bryson books, and One Summer is definitely my favorite. It grabbed my interest at the start, and never let go. There were just so many fascinating things that happened in America in 1927. Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, prohibition and gangsters, anarchists, etc.. This book goes deeply enough into the key characters to satisfy, but also has so many fascinating stories. I sometimes look at life today and think with nostalgia about what life must have been like in those simple olden days. Reading this, you see America in 1927 for the good and the bad, and I realize life today is not so bad. If social history has any interest to you, you should try this book. The author narrated it, and it took me a while to get used to his voice. I wish he had left that job to a professional. Still, I loved the book.

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    Tracy 08-16-14
    Tracy 08-16-14
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    "Bryson always entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to One Summer the most enjoyable?

    Bryson is a great researcher and a brilliant writer. He can make anything entertaining. I've read most of his books. Still in this book, I did find myself skipping some sections of people I didn't find all that interesting when he was writing about aviation. Other sections great! Loved the baseball and boxing details. I kept saying to my husband, "did you know that . . . "


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    As much as l like Bryson as a writer, I would have enjoyed a professional performance of this book. I almost quit listening, but then adjusted to Bryson voice and style and finished it. I'm glad I did.


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    Birdshot 08-13-14
    Birdshot 08-13-14
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    "Great story - too bad about the narration."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed the material and the writing. Bryson has a rare talent for weaving facts into an absorbing story, he just shouldn't narrate it out loud. As interested as I was in the what was being said, I was constantly distracted by Bryson's odd hybrid accent and annoying pacing. Worth listening to, but would have been much better with a professional reader at the mic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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