FREE CHAPTER: One Summer

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Bill Bryson
  • 0 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audible is proud to present an exclusive preview of the new book by Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, 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. Here, in chapter 4, Bryson takes a closer look at the birth of flappers, the call for skyscrapers able to accommodate the docking of giant dirigibles, and the double peril of illegal saloons and 'hot movies'.
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.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Audible listeners can now enjoy a free chapter of the dazzling historical audiobook One Summer: America 1927, written and narrated by award-winning and highly-acclaimed novelist Bill Bryson. Bryson perfectly captures the fashions and events, struggles and achievements of a Nation's people, all living oblivious throughout the roaring 20s that the Great Depression would be upon them all some two years later. The scope of Bryson's research and his prose come to light in this riveting look at history. Available now from Audible.

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Got me hooked...

While I've enjoyed many of Bill Bryson's books, I did wonder if this would be a bit limited in scope. Indeed, at the start of this chapter (4, it appears), it did rather seem to be a very high-level look at America at a point in time, and didn't seem appealing as a whole work.

However, when it got into the story of Lindberg's flight, and the machinations in the run up to the event, it became much more interesting, and by the end, I''ve decided to get the whole thing with my next membership credit.
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- P. Bowman

I love Bill Bryson, so easy to enjoy his banter.

Enjoyable and wry banter about our Great Britain. I have listened to this a few times.
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- Chris Latus White

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios