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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don DeLillo Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781508222774
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In this powerful, eerily convincing fictional speculation on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Don DeLillo chronicles Lee Harvey Oswald’s odyssey from troubled teenager to a man of precarious stability who imagines himself an agent of history. When “history” presents itself in the form of two disgruntled CIA operatives who decide that an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the president will galvanize the nation against communism, the scales are irrevocably tipped.

A gripping, masterful blend of fact and fiction, alive with meticulously portrayed characters both real and created, Libra is a grave, haunting, and brilliant examination of an event that has become an indelible part of the American psyche. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 2/13/2014

    " Wow. I thought White Noise had turned me off to DeLillo forever, and he was the most pretentious author I had ever read. Libra was amazing, and I was halfway through it before I realized it was written years before Oliver Stone's JFK. The events leading up to the first Kennedy assassination are omnisciently recreated, and even though Don claims its all fiction I truly believe that the CIA had Kennedy killed, intentionally or no. Its good to feel envious of a writer's talent again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 2/6/2014

    " Historical fiction at its finest. DeLillo's Oswald is perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/4/2014

    " If he could contine to come up with ways to surprise her, she would have a reason to love him forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelvey Oeser | 1/30/2014

    " This is Don DeLillo's take on the JFK assasination. It really makes you think about how complex historical events are and the futility of trying to know what really happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 1/21/2014

    " Awesome. DeLillo riffs like Kerouac. I read some other reviews and found that those who did not like it generally expected a Kennedy assasination history book--with some insights into the real people who took part. I came at this with the expectation that it was just a made up story with underpinnings in a key historical setting. But frankly, I don't know if my expectation was right. I don't really care. It read like a great novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hadrian | 1/14/2014

    " Tough to read, for several reasons. Ventures into the dark underbelly of American history. Lee Harvey Oswald is an unusual choice of protagonist, and a very thought-provoking one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Con McVeety | 1/4/2014

    " Death. Delillo writes about death how we try to idle it by watching T.V. and at the same time hasten it with technology, tehnology that creates advanced weapons used in war. apps kill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kars | 11/17/2013

    " More than once was I reminded of Foucault's Pendulum. Both books are sprawling, fascinating and complex accounts of a conspiracy gone awry. Eco showed the enduring influence of medieval occultism on Western Europe. Delillo does the same, but for the Cold War, secret services and the American psyche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 11/9/2013

    " Good. Took me awhile to adjust to his style but he's a very good writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariya | 11/3/2013

    " It would have been better if some of the characters were not dragged out to the point of repetition (or if they had been developed as well as the main character). His point seems to be that modern American is a depressing, isolating place. Fair enough, but so is this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 9/25/2013

    " This is a tough read, and I'm not sure after reading it just what the writer had in mind. This critically acclaimed story left me confused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MET | 8/28/2013

    " Hard to read - way cool, though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Boakes | 8/28/2013

    " Challenging, complex, astute and accomplished, this is an intelligent exploration not just of the Kennedy assassination but also of the nature of conspiracy, history and truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathanial | 6/30/2013

    " Interesting perspective of a bumbling would-be. "

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

    " this is fictitious look into the life of lee harvey oswald. weird but a really cool book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 5/7/2013

    " I've tried twice now to read this book. The first time I gave up after 50 pages; this time I made it halfway through. It's not DeLillo's fault - the writing is plenty good. I just don't have the enthusiasm for a JFK assassination conspiracy story (I'm still recovering from American Tabloid). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 4/22/2013

    " DeLillo with a plot is my favorite kind of DeLillo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 11/17/2012

    " My mother says if upon her arrival at the pearly gates she is permitted to ask God one question, she fully intends to find out who killed Kennedy. I told her she could probably skip the God part and just ask Don DeLillo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jer | 10/11/2012

    " Really confusing but damn good. A creatively written (...post-modern) account of the Kennedy assassination. Similar to Capote's "In Cold Blood" in that DeLillo takes great pains to portray his villains with as much humanity and empathy as possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 9/3/2011

    " Not my favorite DeLillo, but still I can admire his writing and interweaving of stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Firiel | 7/15/2011

    " Oswald ain't so bad, he's smart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 7/6/2011

    " A must-read for fans of DeLillo and Kennedy assassination theories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scareyon | 6/25/2011

    " Very difficult to get through, but I managed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 6/16/2011

    " Do not take this book to Europe with you. You may find it unbearable as I did and you'll find yourself in a country where you can't find another book to read that is in English. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 4/22/2011

    " I had trouble finishing this book. I like deLillo, but this narrative was all over the place. I also was not alive during the jfk assasination and felt lost even though im from dallas. I think he did manage to get into oswalds head thou. maybe i can pick it up again sometime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cary | 4/16/2011

    " Truth or fiction? DeLillo's version is as good as any I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaworu | 4/12/2011

    " Tough to read, for several reasons. Ventures into the dark underbelly of American history. Lee Harvey Oswald is an unusual choice of protagonist, and a very thought-provoking one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jennifer | 2/3/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars. Might have even hit 4 if I weren't so worn out by conspiracy/corrupt, competing government bodies/blah blah blah shit from the Millennium Series. DeLillo gets shafted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Firiel | 1/31/2011

    " Oswald ain't so bad, he's smart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 1/27/2011

    " This was surprisingly good. I didn't love it, as it was a bit long-winded at times, but take out the names and this could be any Cold War spy novel, albeit one with a bit more pretension than most.

    Now I have to think of a paper to write responding to it... "

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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

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.