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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,091 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Wolfe Narrator: Tom Wolfe, Ron Rifkin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Hooking Up, Tom Wolfe ranges from coast to coast observing “the lurid carnival actually taking place in the mightiest country on earth in the year 2000.” Wolfe’s collection of stories and essays covers teenage sexual manners and mores to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves, thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience. He also profiles William Shawn, former editor of The New Yorker, and Bob Noyce, founder of Intel and the man who invented Silicon Valley. Tom Wolfe, the master of reportage and satire, returns in vintage form.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I love Tom Wolfe. Whenever some big bizarro thing happens I want the man in the white suit to do his usual exhausting reporting, turn the labels inside out and the hypocrites upside down…and tell me what’s what in one of those jittering, dazzling riffs of his.”

    New York Times

  • “The book’s title is a sexual metaphor, but in Wolfe’s hands, it means making connections among the culture’s disparate corners. And nobody hooks up better than he does.”

    Newsweek

  • “The rich retrospective of one of America’s finest writers.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “His fans will find plenty of evidence that Wolfe remains willing to plunge into ‘the raw, raucous, lust-soaked rout that throbs with amped-up octophonic typanum all around him’ and that—especially in his nonfiction—he can still grab the brass ring.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wolfe takes potentially boring subjects and turns them into a verbose tour de force…his style of writing is awe inspiring.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Loyd | 2/17/2014

    " I love everything about Tom Wolfe's writing. It's brash, energetic, insightful, interesting, and always keeps you hungry for more. Hooking Up is a collection of essays on a variety of topics, from the sexual anthropology of today's campuses, jealously in literary criticism, to how a small midwestern college became the model for Silicon Valley. Wonderful stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lil Sparrow | 2/13/2014

    " I had my reservations when my father started pushing this book on me, and I'm still not sure he should go around recommending this to every niece and nephew of his, but it was definitely worth the read. The short stoy is questionable, but the essays were exceedingly well researched and well written. They were a pleasure to read and rather thought provoking, if somewhat dated. I'll be keeping an eye out for his older work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/6/2014

    " Collection of mostly non-fiction essays. Fascinating stuff about the 1st guys (one went west from MIT) getting the microchip industry going in California. Other sound essays about American culture changing over the years. There is one great novella within "Ambush at Ft. Bragg" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by W.B. | 1/25/2014

    " This is cobbled together creation, rather a literary Frankenstein's monster, a pastiche of various essays with some fiction thrown in, but it's actually a very rewarding read. You don't have to like the man or share his values to appreciate his ability to understand history's machinations, to trace trends and cultural tendencies with a rarely rivaled acumen. I don't share many of his values, and do find him to be an unremittent elitist (which is always an embarrassment for readers) but I still found this book very interesting for the way it traced the genesis of the internet and subsquent shifts globally in mores and values. He's been such a diligent reader in so many disciplines that he has much really worthwhile information to share. Yes, much of this is delivered in his trademark smarmy tone, and in a self-congratulatory gesture he includes some early essays that earned him notoriety in the literary world ("Tiny Mummies" is one of these) which really don't fit the tenor of the book at all. You might be surprised how dated and irrelevant these essays are now, and Wolfe admits as much even as he can't help including them. The man probably realizes the Elysian fields where literary snobs presumably graze on leatherbound D.W.E.M. lit for eternity cannot be that far off, and this sense of mortality has sharpened his vision somewhat. He sneers overmuch (and feel free to sneer back) but I guarantee you will come away with some very interesting backstory on our little god, the internet, and proabably a few other tangential subjects to boot. I know I did, and am grateful for having endured his pallid, often bloodless sense of life. "

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