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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don DeLillo Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780743562676
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It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end. The booming times of market optimism—when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments—are poised to crash. Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. Today he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol’s funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors—experts on security, technology, currency, finance and a few sexual partners—as the limo sputters toward an increasingly uncertain future.

Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of the spectacular downfall of one man, and of an era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “DeLillo’s fervent intelligence and his fastidious, edgy prose…weave halos of import around every event.”

    John Updike

  • “A prose-poem about New York…DeLillo has always been good at telling us where we’re heading…We ignore him at our peril.” 

    Guardian (London)

  • “Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Another of [DeLillo’s] shivery wonders…DeLillo is an aging dynamo who seems totally in synch with contemporary culture, its instant pleasures, and its profound discontents.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crom | 2/16/2014

    " A weird miss from such a talented writer. Short, maybe an afterthought. Was it written as it is set: in the back of a car stuck in horrible traffic? It's interesting to think about this foreign currencies trader at the back end of a business degree. When I read this book, my mind was as far from financial markets as possible... That world seemed mythical to me, as an outsider. While I'm still not an insider, I've been hanging out with financial folk for the last two years and can say that the mythologizing of them is... unearned. Even when their acts have impacts of superhuman proportion, they are decidedly banal sorts of souls, or at least distracted by banality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bells | 2/12/2014

    " 2.5. It's a difficult-to-follow, mind-boggling, bizarrely complicated book, like none I've read before. While you do know get the gist of the story, the writing... idk, throws me off track quite a few times. I'm 18 years of age, so perhaps it's the maturity thing, but it's anything... but easy. That being said, I'd still love to see how the movie plays out. xx "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 2/10/2014

    " Like a shorter, less exciting American Psycho, Cosmopolis featured a city-boy protagonist it was hard to warm to, and very little plot to relate to. It was indeed ok. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sabina Biasuzzo | 1/19/2014

    " Libro orribile, noiosa la prosa, complicata, involuta. La storia mi lascia del tutto indifferente. Tempo perso. DA NON LEGGERE "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 1/16/2014

    " this was a nightmare to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Gardner | 1/7/2014

    " It's always kind of amazing when a novel can hit it and quit in around 100 pages. Not the greatest novel ever written but worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 12/7/2013

    " It took me two hours to read, then i hurried to a lecture and felt perfectly concentrated the whole time. Mean to say it woke me up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Bomberg | 12/2/2013

    " Well worth reading, this book focuses on the day in the life of a financial genius and failure and on the consequences of his manipulation of markets and ultimately people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 11/28/2013

    " Certainly not as good as White Noise, and damn the ending. Damn it I say! But DeLillo still brings something extraordinary to the pages with Cosmopolis. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharondpower | 11/22/2013

    " So I finished the book. The author's conversational skills are horrendous and often makes no sense. I had to re-read several sections because the author gets lost with too many characters involved in a short period of time. It's hard to follow as he sometime's jumps back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maidenfed | 11/7/2013

    " he's so good with dialogue; too bad everything else wasn't as good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 10/18/2013

    " DeLillo's strength is the strength of his prose style. It is almost enough to carry this novel, for his strength is also his weakness. I feel like I've had a workout at the gym--tired, sweating and yet satisfied at having finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isaac Lemon | 8/23/2013

    " This one ought to be getting some attention as a particularly relevant take on America given today's air of heightened--ahem--financial sensitivity. I think it's an extremely insightful look into some aspects of modern life. Since it's DeLillo, naturally, it's a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Islandgrlrk | 8/20/2013

    " Taking forever to finish this book..I'm almost done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petra Ramsak | 4/1/2013

    " The book is something special I give it that. But I think it just got too boring at some parts (when they talk about finances...). When the book got good it got amazing! But the long and boring parts just killed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 12/17/2012

    " Frustrating. Flashes of brilliance, but mainly actions with no consistent motivation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie Vosen | 8/17/2012

    " This was a wacky book. I did not really get it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 6/16/2012

    " flighty writing, which was probably intentional. failed to make main character sympathetic, or give him any redeeming qualities. which was probably the point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 5/26/2012

    " After giving up on Underworld, I found this book manageable. A pity I found it in the "remaindered" heap - it deserved a better airing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 5/20/2012

    " I did not really like the main character or the style of this book, and only kept reading it because it was short. However, it is a book I can see other people enjoying, it just was not the book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Crabtree | 4/25/2012

    " Very very odd... but still rather good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Searfoss | 11/1/2011

    " More like Delillo Easton Ellis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 5/2/2011

    " this book was so weird. exactly what i get for reading a book just because Robert Pattinson is making a movie based on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 4/15/2011

    " Quite interesting story, though very messed up character. Made me wonder if these masters of the universe really lived like that. Seriously, do they? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 FloeticFlo | 4/14/2011

    " It's not badly written or anything. I just didn't like it. It's not for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chorpenning | 3/31/2011

    " Inevitably, you have to conclude that Cosmopois is no Underworld, but DeLillo's use of language is never disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 3/29/2011

    " This book is like a rich chocolate cake. I had to read it slowly so I could enjoy each word--each wonderfully descriptive and intoxicating word. Wordgasm... that's what this book gave me. Totally worth the read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Missi | 3/20/2011

    " Ugh~this book is hurting my brain at times but it's all in the name of RPattz for me. Thank God it is a short read regarding pages. "

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About the Author
Author Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo is an acclaimed essayist, playwright, short story writer, and novelist. Some of his works include Underworld, Falling Man, Players, Running Dog, White Noise, and Libra. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize, the Jerusalem Prize, and the William Dean Howells Medal. DeLillo graduated from Fordham University with a degree in communications in 1958; before becoming a writer, he worked for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Currently, he lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.