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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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    HS 05-14-17
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    I think Bill Bryson's narration may be ' love it or hate it', but the book is a revelation. It brings together so many different threads of American history. Fans of baseball, or planes and flying in particular might enjoy it. But anyone interested in American history should read/ listen to this book.

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    James M Horris 04-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Astounding!"

    it's great to hear an author read their own work, the amount of research put into this must have been staggering. delightful book!

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    William Hall USA 03-24-17
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    "A fascinating history"

    The reader's voice is excellent. The story is fascinating and a great mosaic of a roughly 25 year span of history of the early 20th century.

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    Ellen A. Hernandez 01-28-17
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    "Very worthwhile"

    Bryson has the uncanny ability to make the mundane fascinating and to weave it with the lives of the famous in an intricate tapestry of history that reads like a novel. The structure begins and ends with aviation and draws the reader into what was truly one most remarkable summer. Don't be deceived. though. because the background and context cover much of the early twentieth century.

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    Beatrice 01-15-17
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    "Bill Bryson Writes Another Winner"

    I loved this book, especially the way the author weaves the story around two major figures, Charles Lindberg and Babe Ruth. As readers we are given an amazing picture of the history of much more than the summer of 1927: the unfolding of politics, aviation, sports (baseball, boxing), and every arena of life in the 1920's and beyond. Bravo Bill Bryson.

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    Pat Barber 12-17-16
    Pat Barber 12-17-16

    Horizon Award winning singer songwriter listening to audio books as his tour bus rolls through the most beautiful places in America.

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    "nobody could do it better"

    Bill Bryson's writing and delivery of this historical account of the summer of 1927 is flawless. is deadpan delivery had me giggling and fascinated from Sedona to Nashville and back from my last tour of 2016. Some of the plotlines could have been ripped from recent events. Biased judges, politicians who can't handle facts and the public content to feed on BS and drama..

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    "Repetitious"

    As a history teacher who loved Bryson's "A Shirt History of Nearly Everything," I was expecting more of the same interesting material and presentation. I got that for the first few hours of listening, but then I got so sick of hearing about Lindbergh and his adoring crowds so many times as the book went on, interspersed with some other tidbits of history of those times, that with four hours left, I deleted the book. Probably would have been better to have bought the actual book, so I could skip ahead.

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    "Usually like Bryson's narration, but not for this..."

    Bryson comes off detached and a little Peter Lorresque. That said, the content is thorough, well told and frighteningly relevant to the current cultural climate of America.

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    "Knew it would be good, turned out to be excellent"

    Bill Bryson paints a portrait of America in 1927 by weaving threads from many aspects of American life between the two world wars -- Prohibition, aviation, crime and punishment, the rise of tabloid media, baseball, radio, movies, etc. It's a complicated picture, but very well executed. I picked this book thinking it might be mildly interesting because I have enjoyed other books by Bryson, but it was so much better that I had expected.

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    WilliamsinNC Swansboro, NC, United States 10-15-16
    WilliamsinNC Swansboro, NC, United States 10-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Bill Bryson?

    Have read Bryson's book about the Appalachian Trail. He is a snob and rude about some of the places and people he wrote about. The contents of this book redeemed my interest in reading but not so much listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was a history book. No real favorites.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Bryson?

    Absolutely anyone else. He almost ruined listening to the book.


    Do you think One Summer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Although "history is a pack of lies we play upon the dead", Bryson's slice of time was interesting and well worth reading another period. Please do let him narrate.


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