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A Man in Full

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Written By: Tom Wolfe

Narrated By: David Ogden Stiers

Date: July 2000

Duration: 8 hours 16 minutes


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.


  • Joe Firmin

    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.

  • tom watrous

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Gem Spector

    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.

  • Daniel Wainwright

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

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