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One Summer Audiobook

One Summer: America, 1927

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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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    Dennis United States 10-11-13
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    "A FUN AND INFORMATIVE LISTEN !"

    Over the years I have liked and to some degree not liked Bill Bryson's books. I am one of the few who thought his ' A Walk In The Woods ' book to be rather boring. I started reading 'At Home' and never finished it, too long and too much detail. But with this book he has hit a home run. I found the details behind the legends to be fascinating and he presented each story with just enough detail, no boring facts to fill a few more pages. I learned a lot about individuals and important moments in history that previously I thought I knew all that could be known. Mr. Bryson delivers in a fun and easy to listen to way. So I can recommend this enjoyable book to anyone with even the smallest amount of curiosity. A really, really good book. Congratulations Mr. Bryson.

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    Amazon Customer 10-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Interesting and funny book"

    Bill Bryce not only talks about baseball, flying, and gangsters in 1927. But tells everything about American politics, France, Broadway shows and producers, Silent film stars and Talkies, Publishing houses and authors, radio broadcasters, early TV, Eugenics, and Anarchism. And does so with as much humor and compassion as possible. It's great to listen to him.

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    hgopav texas 09-24-17
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    "We are now hooked on Bryson"

    I'm so happy a friend suggested this book. Due to its length, we thought it would be perfect to listen to on a long, multi day road trip . It was fascinating how the author beautifully wove together the lives of so many people in history during this period. There were many audible "wows" and "I didn't know that!" in our car as we listened with eagerness.

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    AudreyD 09-08-17
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    "Great Nonfiction"
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    Bryson writes with an entertaining voice, weaving together about a dozen strands of events from the summer of 1927 to tell a wonderful story. He also follows up on every single one, which I really appreciated. I wish I had a print edition of the book so I could catch all the statistics he cites, but the One Summer was fun to listen to and I highly recommend it.

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    JosZ 09-06-17
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    "Another Bryson work of art!"

    I love love love Bill Bryson when he is telling true stories about our history. He finds a way to slip his humor in here and there and I feel smarter after having spent this time with him. His voice is perfect as the reader and the words flow out of him just as they were intended.

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    Justin Algonquin, IL 08-26-17
    Justin Algonquin, IL 08-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic"

    I loved this book. Bill Bryson always manages to take a topic I would not have thought was interesting and turn it into something fascinating.

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    J. McHenry Atlanta, GA 08-09-17
    J. McHenry Atlanta, GA 08-09-17
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    "one incredible summer ."

    exhaustively researched and fascinatingly told by Bill Bryson I loved A Walk in the woods and I like this even better he's quite a talent

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    "A another gem by Bryson"
    If you could sum up One Summer in three words, what would they be?

    The author weaves the stories from 1927 wonderfully. There is much here I was only slightly familiar with. Hearing all the large stories that were happening and intersecting makes for a very interesting and fun read and a learning experience as well. His narration is equal to his great writing and amazing research - that brings history to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The broad scope of the author's research to bring all the events together.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    He is a story teller. His voice is very easy to listen to and he makes the characters vivid in the mind's eye.


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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction. I was impressed with his ability to make history so interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the author's other books, I believe this is best as an audio book. His narration paints a picture that I feel would be missed by reading.

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    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 06-21-17
    Christopher Murphy Natick, MA United States 06-21-17
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    "Such a great concept and executed perfectly"

    Take a season of one year and use it to explain history that is pertinent both prior and post. Amazing. And. It works because Bryson is an amazing writer. But I hope it's the start of a genre

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    michael D Halbert 06-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "More Than 1927"
    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    Yes. It is full of interesting facts and events from the first half of the 1900s.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    Babe Ruth's early life a baseball career.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    He reads his own words in his own voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson is one of the best at writing nonfiction. Even when writing about familiar topics, he finds interesting angles that haven't been explored by others and presents them in a captivating style.

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