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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Wolfe Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

As Charlotte encounters Dupont's privileged elite, her roommate, Beverly, a fleshy, Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's god-like basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turn of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Geller, one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university's independent newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavor on the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus, she gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence, but little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives.

With his signature eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the '00s. I Am Charlotte Simmons is the much-anticipated triumph of America's master chronicler. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Little Miss | 2/20/2014

    " This was my first Tom Wolfe novel, and I'm sure his earlier stuff is much better. The story succeeded to point out what college has become today, but he could have developed the characters more. I didn't quite care for what Charlotte had become (and accepted) by the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lizdickie | 2/17/2014

    " Entertaining. A cautionary tale for college freshmen - although most will think that NO ONE can possibly be as naive as Charlotte. And I suspect they are right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/3/2014

    " This is a book about the different groups at college: jocks, frat boys, sorority sluts, nerds, and outcasts. The author has it down - especially the dynamics between the groups and he really captures the vernacular. He would have had to have spent some time RECENTLY in college to know so well those voices. I recommend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Henry | 2/3/2014

    " I was given this book as a booby prize after seeking, perhaps quixotically, to defend The Lord of the Rings before a crowd of Derridastic metropolitan chatterati at LSE. You know, the kind of Guardianistas who think that everyone is entitled to a view, as long as it's theirs. The reason was that the literati were in postmodernist paroxysms about the supposedly very bad sex scenes in this book. Well, they're not quite as bad as all that, although the frequent conjunction of the words "loamy" and "loins" does not dispose anyone to tumid concupiscence ("Con-cu-pi-huh? Did I spell that right? Aw, muthafucka!") so much as mirth and merriment. My problems with this book were larger (unghh! unghh!) Not (knowingly) having read any Tom Wolfe before, I was left wondering whether this was meant to be a serious (or, at least Dickensian) novel about college life, or a knockabout romp. The girl in the title is the unfeasibly straight and squeaky-clean academic superstar from Hicksville High who lands a scholarship to Ivy-League Dupont College. Once there she is surprised and mortified to learn that college life is, amazingly, not often lived on the higher plane to which she aspires. Whisper it soft, but students drink, bunk classes, fuck, fart, tell dirty jokes, fuck, bunk more classes, fuck, indulge in varied gradations of social snobbery, go to basketball games -- and did I mention fuck? Well, lawdy hush mah mouth. And by the way, the language in this book would make any Momma reach for the carbolic. Ms Simmons' loneliness makes you wanna scream -- why don't you join a church group, like anyone else in your situation would do, rather than mope and moan for page upon page? But if she did anything this logical, her alienation would disappear and there'd be no story. Even though the book picks up two-thirds of the way through, after Ms Simmons' brutal deflowering by finely chiseled frat-boy Hoyt Thorpe (anyone mention Animal House?) and her subsequent, well-handled if prolix depression -- it still takes Mr Wolfe 600 pages to make the same point that Tom Lehrer established in just fifteen deft words, in his song Bright College Days: "Hearts full of youth! Hearts full of truth! Six parts gin to one part vermouth!" "

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