Editor reviews

The gritty and robust voice of veteran performer Eric Conger is the perfect mate for the subject matter in Francine Prose's A Changed Man. With a confident energy, Conger brings to life the story of Vincent Nolan and his valiant attempt at personal reformation. Francine Prose is at the top of her game here as she finds sympathy for Nolan, a young neo-Nazi, and has orchestrated a beautifully plotted story where one man's desire for change can have a dramatic effect on those around him. A Changed Man is an unusual look at some of our most essential struggles, and this production only enhances its importance.
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Summary

Vincent Nolan, a young neo-Nazi, walks into the Manhattan office of World Brotherhood Watch, a human rights foundation headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent announces that he wants to make a radical change in his life. But what is Maslow to make of this rough-looking stranger who says that his mission is to save guys like him from becoming guys like him? As he gradually changes, Vincent also transforms those around him; including Maslow; Bonnie Kalen, a devoted believer in Maslow's crusade against intolerance and injustice; and her teenage son, Danny. Masterfully plotted, darkly comic, A Changed Man illuminates the everyday transactions in our lives, exposing what remains invisible in plain sight. Remarkable for the author's tender sympathy for her characters, A Changed Man poses the essential questions: What constitutes a life worth living? Is it possible to change? The fearless intelligence, wit, and humanity that inform this novel make it Francine Prose' most accomplished yet.
©2005 Francine Prose; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"Prose tears into this unusual premise with the piercing wit that has become her trademark....Her lively skewering of a whole cross-section of society ensures that this tale hits comic high notes even as it probes serious issues." (Publishers Weekly)
"Riotously funny....Like novelist Richard Russo, Prose uses humor to light up key social issues, to skewer smugness, and to create characters whose flaws only add to their depth and richness. This may well be Prose' best novel to date." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 28-02-14

Eric Conger is brilliant

I have just chosen another book to listen to based on the fact that he is reading it. I love his George Clooney type voice. I liked this book a lot but the reading made it fantastic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. REP on 01-02-11

Different - in a good way!

This book is really interesting, amusing and thought-provoking. I find it scary though that there are really people in the world like Raymond who actually believe those things.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Loyd Phillips on 17-04-05

A Changed Man is unpredictable

I like page-turners but when a book is also surprising, informative and well crafted, I love it. A Changed Man is all of this. It's honesty is sometimes shocking and would likely confuse younger readers. But the story-telling is incredible. A Changed Man is so well written that when I saw there was a minute and 42 seconds left I thought my reader was broken. With 25 seconds left I thought something had to be wrong. Boy was I in for a surprise!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 23-06-05

Engaging

I could not stop listening. I would be sitting in front of work and I would have to drag myself out of my car it was that good. I thought that the narrator was excellent and I was a bit lost once I finished it. Definetely give this one a go. Also read the Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold as that was another favourite.

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