A Man in Full

  • by Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by David Ogden Stiers
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Cannon" 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 criss-crossing 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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Why aren’t there more Tom Wolfe books on Audible? He’s such an amazing writer. No one observes the subtle battlegrounds of human interaction better than he. Whether it's Charley Coker in a **** measuring contest with his banker in A Man In Full or Charlotte Simmons deciding to "go all the way" in I Am Charlotte Simmons, I'm always struck by how Wolfe can see the subtle chess moves in our day to day human transactions.

And yet, I’m dissatisfied and Wolfe’s prodigious talent is one reason I am. When I finished the book, my first impression was that it felt truncated, as though pieces were missing. I checked at Audible.com and, sure enough, the book was abridged. Why is a writer this remarkable and celebrated being abridged? I would have gladly spent the time to listen to the entire book. It’s just wrong to tamper with an author’s work.

I have to agree with everyone on this forum who said that David Ogden Stiers did a world class job on the narration. Apparently this was the first book he ever did. Let’s hope he does many, many more. Right now, he’s right up there with Patrick Tull who narrates Patrick O’Brian’s fabulous Master And Commander series.

A wonderful book, but please, please release it in an unabridged form.
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- Casey "Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books."

About the Narrator

On top of an original and well written story, I was particularly amazed by how well the narrator did his job: the man is an ARTIST. What other books has he read??? Can't find any other title in the Audible.com database but I sure would like to listen more of his work regardless of the book title.
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- Josep

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2000
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio