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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sabina Biasuzzo | 1/19/2014

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

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