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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:
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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