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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 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.

©2010 Tom Wolfe (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The novel contains passages as powerful and as beautiful as anything written - not merely by contemporary American novelists but by any American novelist.... The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting." (The New York Times Book Review)

 "A masterpiece." (The Wall Street Journal

 "Superior...utterly engrossing." (USA Today)

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What a pity!

I remember reading and enjoying this novel when it was first published, so much so that I've checked from time to time to see if Audible had produced an audiobook version. I liked the story once again, but found myself constantly having to struggle through because of Michael Pritchard's narration.

To begin with, he has a sharp tenor voice (which I don't care for) marred further by nasal delivery. Worst of all, however, the narration lacks even a semblance of vigor. If any book (and writer) needs engagement with the characters and action, this is it. Consequently Wolfe's breakneck-speed writing is mired in a slow, ponderous vocal style. Finally, there are noticeable -- and annoying -- inconsistencies in audio quality, signified by variations in voice tone and volume, which have to be attributed to inadequate attention to recording levels and/or to poor editing.

Overall, an enjoyable novel but a disappointing audiobook.

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Narration:((

LOVE TOM WOLFE. Besides reading, I've listened to "I'm Charlotte Simmons" and " Back to blood", both had outstanding narration. And to the absolute pearl "The right stuff" narrated by amazing Dennis Quaid. Michael Prichard is really hard and sharp on ears, and while having an energy required by Tom Wolfe's writing, definitely lacking a passion for the characters. Just started to listen. Hope I will warm up to his way of narration.

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Michael Pritchard

The movie adaptation of ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’ was plagued by several problems, but the most glaring had to be the decision to (mis)cast Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis into role that would have suited the other far better. Miscasting a movie can derail it within minutes.

And now we have one of my favorite novels released, finally in unabridged form, just months after the death o the author. I haven’t listened to David Ogden Stiers’ abridged version, but can certainly imagine him having done a commendable job. I have, however, listened to ‘I Am Charlotte Simmons’ in audiobook form, and I believe Dylan Baker nailed it. It’s my favorite audiobook performance, full stop. The man took chances in his reading, completely sold out (in the good way) for the performance, and, consequently, absolutely brought the book to life for me.

So when I saw that AMIF had been released, my immediate thought, fondest hope, and most fevered audiobook wish was on the cusp of realization: Dylan Baker reading an unabridged AMIF.

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Is it Tom Hanks’ or Bruce Willis’ fault that either was miscast? Doubtful. In the same way, I can’t, don’t, and won’t ‘blame’ Michael Pritchard here. I have a few audiobooks that he has read and enjoyed them. Asking him to do this book, however, is like asking a virtuosic cellist to assume the duties of the principal clarinetist: NOT A GREAT IDEA.

This, instead of hours of delight, I found myself deep within the recesses of what-might-have-been. Again, nothing against Mr. Pritchard...not his fault, but for me, this has to be counted as a disappointment.

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Best Wolfe After Bonfire

Finally an unabridged audiobook of A Man in Full. Great story, writing, and narration. I don't know what took so long for this to be released.

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A radio drama

I read this book when it came out and decided to refresh my memories with the audio version. Tom Wolfe’s very visual style comes alive by Mr. Prichard’s wonderful, animated narration. It added a new dimension to the story.

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Don’t Miss Out On This Book!

I almost didn’t get this book because of some of the negative reviews about the narrator. Personally, I thought he was fantastic! Plus, this story is top notch! I could not put it down for a second. The moment I had a free minute or two I would pop my air pods in a pickup where I left off, it was just THAT engrossing! Buy it! You won’t be disappointed!

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Superb

What a great story. Nailed the descriptions of Atlanta, and all the nuances. The performance was top notch. I listened to the book a year ago, but still think about it often.

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Extraordinary

I had read this novel long ago, and had forgotten it. A discussion of horse breeding caused me to recall the book, and I was glad to see Audible had the unabridged version.
This is Tom Wolfe at his absolute best. It is almost Dickensian in the depth and breadth of its character and plot development.
It made me remember what a true novel is to be to the reader, and as a picture of America in the south, at the turn of the century, it is spot on.
Listen. It's a gift. I miss Mr. Wolfe.

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THE BEST

This probably the best audio book I have ever listened to. The story is likely to change my life. The only possible improvement would have been an outstanding reader.

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Amazing

I just picked this book because of the author I had no idea It was going to be this good in fact it’s so good I might read it again and I rarely Never do that. I would all come together is the fun part and keeps you very intrigued. Read it you’ll enjoy it

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