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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,945 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Wolfe Narrator: David Ogden Stiers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752618
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The setting is Atlanta, Georgia—a racially mixed, late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 29,000 acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife, and a half-empty office complex with a staggering load of debt.

Meanwhile, Conrad Hensley, idealistic young father of two, is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oakland and finds himself spiraling into the lower depths of the American legal system.

And back in Atlanta, when star Georgia Tech running back Fareek “the Canon” Fanon, a homegrown product of the city’s slums, is accused of date-raping the daughter of a pillar of the white establishment, upscale black lawyer Roger White II is asked to represent Fanon and help keep the city’s delicate racial balance from blowing sky-high.

Networks of illegal Asian immigrants crisscrossing the continent, daily life behind bars, shady real estate syndicates—Wolfe shows us contemporary America with all the verve, wit, and insight that have made him our most admired novelist. Charlie Croker’s deliverance from his tribulations provides an unforgettable denouement to the most widely awaited, hilarious and telling novel America has seen in ages—Tom Wolfe’s most outstanding achievement to date.

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  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/14/2014

    " warning: alarming passages on horse humping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/7/2014

    " This was a good book, but I couldn't finish it. I had a limited amount of time and a bad attitude about reading it in the first place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 2/2/2014

    " In journalism, I guess Wolfe discovered with his second novel, it was much easier to find a natural ending to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/28/2014

    " Entertaining satire on Atlanta society, business and politics. Generally well written, apart from the ending. Populated with often larger than life characters from all walks of life. The political intrigues at City hall and the business swinging d***s were all depressingly plausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Allen | 1/23/2014

    " I call this guy "The Other Thomas Wolfe" to distinguish him from the author of "Look Homeward, Angel." They are both about as wordy but this Thomas Wolfe is a quite a story teller and tells in excruciating detail, the rise and fall of an Atlanta entrepeur during the 1990s. A generally good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayla | 1/13/2014

    " my husband and i both read this book at different times. we both liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layla Strohl | 1/7/2014

    " I ran through this book in a little over a week. I literally could not put it down despite its massive size (I own it in hardcover). The characters and interweaving story lines hooked me from the first chapter. Corruption, politics and race make this novel a necessary read for for everybody especially in today's culture of corporate excess and greed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/6/2014

    " A Man In Full features a number of point-of-view characters. These include Charles "Cap'm Charlie" Croker, a real estate mogul and member of Atlanta's high society who is suddenly facing bankruptcy; Martha Croker, his first wife, trying to maintain her social standing without her husband; Ray Peepgass, who is trying to illegally capitalize on Croker's fall; Roger "Too White" White II, a prominent black lawyer; and Conrad Hensley, a young man who, while in prison, discovers Stoic philosophy and turns his life around. It is Conrad Hensley that I identified with, particularly his adoption of stoicism and how this choice influenced his life. It was effectively portrayed by Wolfe. In this novel Wolfe, once again, creates believable characters straight out of today's news headlines. As a Dickens aficionado I see the resemblance and that, I believe, is part of what Wolfe was aiming for. He succeeds in blending his strong characterization with themes that are both topical and timeless in a narrative that is both rich and readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberta | 1/6/2014

    " I could not put this book down! I even recommended it to my husband! It is another "must read". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/28/2013

    " This hits on Tom Wolfe's favorite topics of race relations and modern society. As always, Wolfe paints vibrant characters and sets out an unexpected story line. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fay | 12/26/2013

    " Good, but not quite as good as Bonfire of the Vanities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooks | 10/17/2013

    " It's a huge lesson in American Studies wrapped up in a really engrossing story. It's pretty fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 9/15/2013

    " Not as good as Bonfire Of The Vanities but still entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy | 9/7/2013

    " Lot of fun. Great characters. Saddlebags "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Ruck | 7/10/2013

    " Great story, typical and mainstream but fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Antin | 6/30/2013

    " An incredible portrait of Atlanta, and as a native, I really enjoyed it. A well-crafted tale of old boy's club southern (bullshit), racial tension, greed, and despite its being 690 pages, I was sorry to see it end. Impeccable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy | 6/11/2013

    " I loved this.....until.....he used a Deux et machina to resolve it and an epilogue because he couldn't figure out how to end it. Feh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 12/29/2012

    " The theme of castration mixed with the seedy underbellies of "get out the vote" efforts and the East Bay Nail Salon Ring of human traffickers has never seemed so right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Baldwin | 10/16/2012

    " Big and punchy, like the people portrayed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivien Fung | 8/2/2012

    " Tom Wolfe's exuberant writing creates an epic portrait of a real estate mogul in the swan song of his career and the lives of secondary characters affected by his decline. A fun, immersive read with a slightly disappointing ending but worth reading (and one of my favourites!) all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delway Burton | 6/22/2012

    " Great book about Atlanta, but it ends poorly or perhaps not at all? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifford | 4/29/2012

    " The characterization of Charlie Crocker is super in the fact that throughout this long book covering many years, you witness the distinct change in character from the beginning to the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 3/31/2012

    " Wolfe weaves great stories. I'll never forget the descriptions of slaughterhouses in this book. Devastating. Now books like Fast Food Nation, etc. have focused in on the sins of agri-business, but this novel gives a brilliantly literary intro. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benno | 1/22/2012

    " One of my all time favourites! A must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Duncan Mchale | 12/30/2011

    " This book was structured exactly like The Bonfire of the Vanities. A disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 6/28/2011

    " Wolfe offers shrwed social commentary interwoven into a varied, colorful story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 5/12/2011

    " Something was missing from this. I adore Wolfe, almost everything he writes. This one just didn't ring true, maybe? Or the characters just didn't have the weight of other books. Not sure what it was, but I came away disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 5/12/2011

    " One of Tom Wolfe's finest fictions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 VincentVega | 5/12/2011

    " One of my favorite books (next to Asimov's "I, Robot" and Gaiman's "American Gods"). This book has everything. And while it's also a great peice of fiction, for me it was also a manual to become a better man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 4/21/2011

    " i love this author. he gets inside all the characters' heads and you hear all their conceited and insecure thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmond | 4/7/2011

    " Hugely memorable scenes, but blurred on the whole "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 3/10/2011

    " One of the best character studies I've ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanke | 2/4/2011

    " la transformación de varios hombres unidos por las circunstancias.. nos hace pensar en como vivimos y lo que tiene valor.. intriga, amor, política.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 12/29/2010

    " I read this a long time ago and I don't think I even finished it. Don't even remember what it was about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 12/27/2010

    " Talk about a man having a really bad day. Great Book. One of my favorites and I still think about it after it's been shelved for years. "

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About the Author
Author Tom WolfeTom Wolfe is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such bestselling contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in New York City.
About the Narrator

David Ogden Stiers is an American actor, director, vocal actor, and musician, noted for his roles in Disney movies, as well as his performances in the television series M*A*S*H . He has provided voice work for dozens of film and television projects, with his first work being on one of George Lucas’ earliest films, the critically acclaimed THX 1138. He went on to provide the voice for numerous Disney movies and for several television series, including documentary films produced by Ric Burns. He has also lent his voice to several video games.