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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,928 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don DeLillo Narrator: John Slattery Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780743567190
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There is September 11, and then there are the days after, and finally the years.

Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and traces the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people.

First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he’d always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes. These are lives choreographed by loss, grief, and the enormous force of history.

Brave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory, and our perception of the world. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, cathartic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Falling Man brings at least a measure of memory, tenderness, and meaning to all that howling space.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.”

    Newsweek

  • “Haunting...elegiac...masterful.”

    Boston Globe

  • “DeLillo is at his best...a keen imaginer...[writing] with exactitude and lyrical originality.”

    New Republic

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 2/17/2014

    " An absolutely devastating look at the effects (and details) of 9/11 from the perspective of one couple and the people that surround them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 marsha | 2/17/2014

    " A book about the effect of 9/11 on a NY family. Very deep and somewhat emotionally devastating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timball | 2/14/2014

    " vertigo & chaos. all after 9/11. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eoin | 2/3/2014

    " The best part of this book is its length (very short). Perhaps if this book had come out early 2002, when the feelings were raw and the easy acceptance of all things 9/11y was ripe, but these days more substance is required. The problem with this book is that the characters lack interiors. They are nothing but incomplete vessels for a nothing-happens plot. There is also the problem that this book depends heavily on dialogue for authenticity, but the dialogue is self-importantly enigmatic and unrealistic. The chapters about the lives of the terrorists are just about totally a waste of paper. This whole book could and ought be reduced to a wikipedia article about the Falling Man performance art piece. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie Arroyo | 1/27/2014

    " I really wanted to get something out of it. At the end of the day, I just wanted to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/25/2014

    " Delillo is an amazing writer. Really catches the psychology of 9/11... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 1/20/2014

    " Nothing like what I was expecting...I enjoyed the different perspectives of the characters. I know it's fiction, but it's honest, too. I've read a couple of books that mention Sept. 11 peripherally, but this is the first book I've read where the events are pivotal -- and reactions refreshingly unheroic. It brought back the emotional vertigo and clouds of unknowing that followed the attacks. It made me wonder, too, how much of what we do, at work, at leisure, is performance art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/20/2014

    " A slim, readable novel by DeLillo. Falls apart a bit at the end, but perhaps the best piece of fiction to date that gets at how 9/11 affected New Yorkers, and all of us, psychologically and emotionally. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 1/20/2014

    " I could have lived without it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess | 1/18/2014

    " This one knocked me off my feet before I even thought about the possibility... very insightful. Made me think more about how 9/11 changed me and my family personally... as opposed to the national impact we all hide behind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dale | 1/12/2014

    " I expected a lot more out of this book. DeLillo is a New York author, so I thought he would provide a powerful perspective to the Sept. 11 attacks. This novel felt lost at times. Maybe that's what he intended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judi | 1/7/2014

    " Fiction. I need a category called "Started but Rejected!" I just couldn't work up the energy to care about the characters. Parts are so well written - I wanted to like this but it mostly sat on my bedside table. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/2/2014

    " Good novel. If you're already a fan of DeLillo, you'll love it. But, the characters do being to all "sound" or seem similar. Check out the 9/11 documentary "Falling Man" on youtube.com. It's pretty interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bxdoc delaney | 12/30/2013

    " I'm a huge fan but I was disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 11/16/2013

    " The language was truly, truly beautiful, and yet I just couldn't get into the story. A family recounts their reactions to 9/11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lost In A Fog | 11/14/2013

    " DeLillo takes on the aftermath of the WTC terrorist attack with a very personal story. Wonderful "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janean | 9/15/2013

    " This is one of the only books I've actually put down in my life. It was just way too depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 6/9/2013

    " This is certainly the most uncomfortable work of fiction I've willed myself to read. Of course, nobody but Don DeLillo could or should have even tried to write "the" 9/11 book. I read the last 15 pages standing in the failing light of 7th and 22nd, very much paralyzed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond | 4/28/2013

    " After reading Foer's _Extremely Loud etc_, (which I liked), it was nice to see that it's possible to write a 9/11 novel that's not really cute. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brafe | 6/12/2012

    " I tried twice to "get" DeLillo's work but it just doesn't resonate with me. Too often it's as though the writer is writing for his pleasure and doesn't care about the reader. Sometimes that makes for strong fiction, other times it doesn't work. This doesn't work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2012

    " The premise sounded promising but I lost interest after 40 pages and stopped reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 11/26/2011

    " This is my first DeLillo book. He's brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/23/2011

    " I haven't enjoyed the few Delilo books I've read; but I really liked this one alot. Maybe his tone suits the days of 9/11 well, or maybe I was in the right mood--but it's a beautiful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/28/2011

    " Despite the fact that DeLillo is writing about intense, riveting subject matter, most of the book comes out mundane and hazy. He jumps from topic to topic, only giving the reader short insights into the psychologies of his characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaworu | 5/3/2011

    " Disorientating and distant. Somehow, the events of 9/11 seem even further away now. Confusing. Almost too bleak a tone to tolerate - but now that bin Laden is dead, something seems off about this worldview now. Maybe it is a fragment of hope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/25/2011

    " Decent book, just can't get into DeLillo's writing style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 1/28/2011

    " I could have lived without it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaj | 1/27/2011

    " Amazing book, portraying one of the most horryifing events in the new American history as a background to what people had gone through on that day. Unsettling and devestating, even if there is no closure, as there isn't any in real life, just time.
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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.