A Man in Full

Version: Abridged
Author: Tom Wolfe
Narrator: David Ogden Stiers
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: BDD Audio
Published In: November 1998
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 20 minutes
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A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime fictional chronicler of America at its most outrageous and alive. Now the master is back with a pitch-perfect coast-to-coast portrait of our wild and wooly, no-holds-barred, multifarious country on the cusp of the millennium.

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.

Reviews (5)

Written by Joe Firmin on August 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great Atlanta fiction that really hits the key parts of Atlanta. A good story that keeps you interested. Great narration as well that puts on the right accents for the characters.

A Must Read

Written by tom watrous on November 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read this book years ago when it first came out. This is a fantastic book from one of the most talented writers of our time. By all means rent this; you will not be disappointed.

Man in Full

Written by Anonymous from Earlysville, VA on October 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Thought provoking. Reader made it come alive because he was good with various accents.

A Man In Full

Written by Gem Spector on May 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Though the early part of the story originating in California seems gratuitous; the story gets plenty colorful when the action shifts to that unlikely cultural melting-pot Atlanta. Color plays center stage in Atlanta: The white old-money of the Piedmont Driving Club, the black downtown power-brokers, the brown folk of the northeast side's "Chambodia," black celebrity athletes, and of course the great green breasts of Habersham Road's exquisitely manicured lawns. All are brought together by an orange pajama-clad fugitive from Contra Costa County Prison in California. An exciting read, meticulously assembled by Wolfe.

Interesting Read

Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on January 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Pretty interesting read. Good character development. A little far fetched as to how things were falling into place for some of the characters.

Author Details

Author Details

Wolfe, Tom

Tom Wolfe grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Washington and Lee University. He received his doctorate in American Studies from Yale University. Mr. Wolfe worked as a reporter for the Springfield Union, The Washington Post, and the New York Herald Tribune. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, Esquire, and Harper's.

In 1965 Farrar, Straus and Giroux published The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, and in 1968 The Pump House Gang and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test were published simultaneously. Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers was published in 1970.

In 1975, FSG published The Painted Word, an incandescent, hilarious look at the world of modern art; it caused as much controversy as anything Mr. Wolfe has written. Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine, a collection of essays, was published by FSG in 1976.

The Right Stuff, a national bestseller published by FSG in 1979, won the American Book Award for general nonfiction. The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters named Mr. Wolfe as recipient of the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for distinguished service in the field of journalism. From Bauhaus to Our House, his distinctive look at contemporary architecture, was published in the fall of 1981 and became another national bestseller; in 1982, FSG published The Purple Decades: A Reader. Mr. Wolfe's novel The Bonfire of the Vanities was published by FSG in 1987, and went on to become one of the top ten bestselling books of the decade.

Tom Wolfe lives in New York City. On November 6,1998, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published a new novel by Tom Wolfe entitled A Man in Full.