I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe audiobook

I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel

By Tom Wolfe
Read by Dylan Baker

Macmillan Audio 9781593975203
31.73 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781593975791

2005 Audie Award Finalist America's "peerless observer" (People) uncovers college life—from jocks to mutants, dormcest to tailgating—plus race, class, sex, and basketball Dupont University—the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition...Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the uppercrust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time. As Charlotte encounters Dupont's privileged elite—her roommate, Beverly, a fleshy, Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turn of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Geller, one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university's "independent" newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavor on the sex-crazed, jock- obsessed campus—she gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence, but little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives. With his signature eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the ‘00s. I Am Charlotte Simmons is the much-anticipated triumph of America's master chronicler.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A 2005 Audie Award Finalist

Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2005

2005 Audie Award Finalist

America's "peerless observer" (People) uncovers college life—from jocks to mutants, dormcest to tailgating—plus race, class, sex, and basketball

Dupont University—the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition...Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the uppercrust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

As Charlotte encounters Dupont's privileged elite—her roommate, Beverly, a fleshy, Groton-educated Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team, whose position is threatened by a hotshot black freshman from the projects; the Young Turn of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Geller, one of the Millennial Mutants who run the university's "independent" newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavor on the sex-crazed, jock- obsessed campus—she gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence, but little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives.

With his signature eye for detail, Tom Wolfe draws on extensive observation of campuses across the country to immortalize college life in the ‘00s. I Am Charlotte Simmons is the much-anticipated triumph of America's master chronicler.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

His most fully realized and hands-down funniest work of fiction. Patrick Beach, Austin American-Statesman
Captivating . . . Sit back and enjoy the ride. Tom Walker, The Denver Post
Dazzingly vivid . . . Tom Wolfe has served up another of his broadly entertaining novels. Adam Begley, The New York Observer
Scathingly clear-eyed, often very funny take on college life. Robert Siegel, NPR, All Things Considered
A lot of fun . . . Hilarious. Francine Prose, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Tom Wolfe remains a peerless satirist. Alone among our fiction writers he is actively writing the human comedy, American-style, on a grand Dickensian scale. David Lehman, Bloomberg News
Tom Wolfe is America's greatest living novelist. Joseph Bottum, The Weekly Standard
Rollicking . . . Just as Americans continue to read A Farewell to Arms or The Great Gatsby, we'll be reading I Am Charlotte Simmons for many years. . . . Professors like to complain that they get a year older every fall, while students always remain the same. Add I Am Charlotte Simmons to that magic circle of campus phenomena unlikely to age. Carlin Romano, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Wolfe is a genius in full. People on A Man in Full
Superior...utterly engrossing. USA Today on A Man in Full
This 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 on A Man in Full
Richly entertaining . . . A superb human comedy and the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right. Washington Post Book World on Bonfire of the Vanities
Wolfe leaves no head unbashed . . . His eye and ear for detailed observation are incomparable; and observation is to the satirist what bullets are to a gun. The Boston Sunday Globe on Bonfire of the Vanities
Human comedy, on a skyscraper scale and at a taxi-meter pace. Newsweek on Bonfire of the Vanities
Brilliant . . . I couldn't stop reading it. . . . Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure. Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
[A] hilarious, exclamation-point filled novel. John Freeman, Time Out New York
“Our pre-eminent social realist...trains his all-seeing eye on the institution of the American university. . . . Wolfe's rhapsodic prose style finds its perfect target in academia's beer-soaked bacchanals. Henry Alford, Newsday
Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era. . . . A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel. Lev Grossman, Time
Tom Wolfe has scored a slam dunk with his...attention to style, the rule-bending punctuation, the deftness of slang dialogue, and that biting satire. Steve Garbarino, New York Post
Wolfe's dialogue is some of the finest in literature, not just fast but deep. He hears the cacophony of our modern lives. Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
“Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era…A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel.” Time
“Our pre-eminent social realist…trains his all-seeing eye on the institution of the American university…Wolfe’s rhapsodic prose style finds its perfect target in academia’s beer-soaked bacchanals.” Newsday
“Brilliant…I couldn’t stop reading it…Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure.” Washington Post
“Wolfe’s dialogue is some of the finest in literature, not just fast but deep. He hears the cacophony of our modern lives.” Los Angeles Times
“Dazzingly vivid…Tom Wolfe has served up another of his broadly entertaining novels.” New York Observer
“Tom Wolfe remains a peerless satirist. Alone among our fiction writers he is actively writing the human comedy, American-style, on a grand Dickensian scale.” Bloomberg News
“Scathingly clear-eyed, often very funny take on college life.” NPR
“His most fully realized and hands-down funniest work of fiction.” Austin American-Statesman
“Captivating…Sit back and enjoy the ride.” Denver Post
“Rollicking…Just as Americans continue to read A Farewell to Arms or The Great Gatsby, we’ll be reading I Am Charlotte Simmons for many years…Professors like to complain that they get a year older every fall, while students always remain the same. Add I Am Charlotte Simmons to that magic circle of campus phenomena unlikely to age.” Philadelphia Inquirer

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Wolfe

Author Bio: Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1931–2018) was the author of numerous books considered contemporary classics, including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, among others, and several of his books have been made into major motion pictures. He was also a journalist and founder of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He is credited with introducing such terms as “the right stuff,” “radical chic,” “the Me Decade,” and “good ol’ boy” into the English lexicon. A native of Richmond, he earned his BA degree at Washington and Lee University and a PhD in American studies at Yale.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 31.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English