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.
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""In Full" is right! Tom Wolfe's minutely detailed portrait of contemporary life, reflected in the personal crises of a batch of characters of seemingly every possible class and type, fills 25 cassettes! The social satire sounds oddly heavy and humorless, although it's masterfully read by Michael Prichard. Veteran narrator of over 350 audiobooks, Prichard crafts a performance as deliberate, evenly paced and emphatic as the text. He helps us understand that it's the author's voice we are hearing, even during the characters' interior monologues. If you can't get enough of Tom Wolfe's prose, thirty-seven and a half hours will give you a good start. Sounds daunting? There's an abridged version (by BDD Audio) reviewed in the February/March AUDIOFILE. S.P. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine "
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