Thursday, June 27, 2019

American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York (History of the United States Box Set, Book 1) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman

American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York (History of the United States Box Set, Book 1) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman was a ton of fun to listen to! A must listen for trivia and history fans. (full review below)


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American History by the State: Interesting Stories and Random Facts About Texas, California, and New York (History of the United States Box Set, Book 1) by Bill O'Neill and narrated by Derek Newman was a blast to listen to! Highly recommend if you are looking to expand your knowledge, wanting something interesting to pass the time on a road trip, or looking for something new.

This book is well researched and well written. It contains a nice variety of facts on Texas, New York, and California. Some examples of what to expect: rattlesnake roundup festival, Jack the Ripper’s tie to Texas, what soft drink was originally going to be named Waco, the start of the underwire bra, Bodacious the bull, Amber Alert origin, Prairie Dog Town, the oldest hospital in America still in operation, what park has been featured in more movies than any other in the world, Macy’s Christmas Day parade and why they went from live animals to balloons, the almost destruction of Grand Central Station and Jackie Kennedy Onassis move to save it, red velvet cake history, the riots over straw hats in 1922, Murder’s Row lineup, Lower Manhattan almost becoming a federal district, the last time Congress convened at New York City Federal Hall, why California was mistakenly named, Doritos started in Anaheim, the Beat Generation subculture, Cobb salad origin, The Cecil Hotel deaths, the Williams sisters, Bethany Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, and so much more.

The narrator, Derek Newman, did an awesome job! I would listen to another book by both the author and narrator. I do not have any critique for this book- it’s fantastic!

~A brief description~
Texas
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) History and Random Facts- approximately 35 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 36 minutes.
3) Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 27 minutes.
4) Sports- approximately 27 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 43 minutes.
6) Wildlife, Science, and Other Cool Facts- approximately 35 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

New York
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) History and Random Facts- approximately 37 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 32 minutes.
3) Facts about New York City Attractions- approximately 35 minutes.
4) New York Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 28 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 40 minutes.
6) New York Sports- approximately 27 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

California
Introduction- approximately 3 minutes.
1) California History and Random Facts- approximately 39 minutes.
2) Pop Culture- approximately 36 minutes.
3) Facts About California’s Attractions- approximately 30 minutes.
4) Inventions, Ideas, and More- approximately 28 minutes.
5) Unsolved Mysteries, Supernatural, and Other Weird Facts- approximately 43 minutes.
6) Sports- approximately 30 minutes.
Conclusion- less than a minute.

Overall, I recommend, regardless of your knowledge level. There is surely something for everyone in this book.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: There is no swearing. It is pretty family friendly with exception to the chapters on unsolved mysteries, supernatural, and other weird facts- those sections discuss murders, serial killers, missing children, and like subjects. There are mentions of the Cosby show, 9/11 attacks, and OJ Simpson.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Where to find the author: Bill O'Neill
Where to find the narrator: It appears Derek's website is down as of this post (Derek, if you're reading this, please contact me so I can add where people can find you).

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