I Am Charlotte Simmons

  • by Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by Dylan Baker
  • 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say



Audie Award Finalist, Fiction (unabridged), 2005
"Like everything Wolfe writes, I Am Charlotte Simmons grabs your interest at the outset and saps the desire to do anything else until you finish." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The book is brilliant, wicked, true, and, like everything Wolfe writes, thematically coherent, cunningly well plotted, and delightfully told." (Atlantic Monthly)

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I Am Charlotte Simmons

I am no book critic and I have never written a review before but I felt compelled to in this case. This audible book is fabulous. There's nothing particularly original about the topic: college, sex, jocks, growing up. But Wolfe's descriptions are exceptional. In addition, the narrator(s) has a remarkable range of voices for the characters used. It brings a level of clarity you won't get with the written version. I've listened to a lot of audible books, but this is truly one of the best.
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- Leslie

A disappointment! Avoid the abridged version!!

I purchased the abridged version via ITUNES and found it to be very disconnected. Important segments ended up truncated and the book had essentially no ending. Since I am a big Tom Wolfe fan, I went to B&N to see if the book had been fairly represented. The gaps then became apparent. I ended up buying the unabridged version and now all is well!
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- DAVID HENRY MANDLE

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2004
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio