• A Man in Full

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: David Ogden Stiers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-08-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (4 ratings)

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.
©1998 Tom Wolfe; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; All Rights Reserved
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3 out of 5 stars
By Bridie on 01-02-10

Abridged too far

The narrator is excellent and the story is absorbing but I don't think a Tom Wolfe book can be abridged successfully. I was left holding threads that had no end and jumps in the story that jarred the natural progression of the two main characters.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Casey on 06-03-08

Not A Book In Full

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 29-12-08

The point is...

The point is to buy and then listen to the entire book. Be sure to look for the unabridged version if it's even available. I had read "A Man in Full" when it came out. My wife had never read any of Wolfe's work. We were off on a holiday drive and thought it'd be great entertainment. There is an entire piece of the intertwined story missing! As well as some other details and insights that I definitely missed. I have lived in Atlanta and actually met the author at a cocktail party. I guess I feel like some of the value of the work is diminished. Yes, Wolfe may at times be a bit wordy in his narratives but that's also part of the charm of his observations. We enjoyed Ogden-Stiers in his reading. He is tougher to listen to in the female characters' voice though. Overall, a story that has much that is dead-on regarding Atlanta and in greater measure the types of people in this city and elsewhere. "Man" would have been a good movie if cast properly. I assume The Bonfire of the Vanities film disaster may have scared Hollywood away. Good, but leaves you a bit empty.

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