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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don DeLillo Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the middle of a desert “somewhere south of nowhere,” to a forlorn house made of metal and clapboard, a secret war advisor has gone in search of space and time. Richard Elster, seventy-three, was a scholar—an outsider—when he was called to a meeting with government war planners. They asked Elster to conceptualize their efforts—to form an intellectual framework for their troop deployments, counterinsurgency, orders for rendition. For two years he read their classified documents and attended secret meetings. He was to map the reality these men were trying to create. “Bulk and swagger,” he called it. At the end of his service, Elster retreats to the desert, where he is joined by a filmmaker intent on documenting his experience. Jim Finley wants to make a one-take film, Elster its single character—“Just a man against a wall.”


The two men sit on the deck, drinking and talking. Finley makes the case for his film. Weeks go by. And then Elster’s daughter Jessie visits—an “otherworldly” woman from New York—who dramatically alters the dynamic of the story. When a devastating event follows, all the men’s talk, the accumulated meaning of conversation and connection, is thrown into question. What is left is loss, fierce and incomprehensible. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “DeLillo has achieved a precision and economy of language here that any writer would envy.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A splendid, fierce novel by a deep practitioner of the form…Enlivening, challenging, harrowing, and beautiful.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A novel of ideas—about how language, film, and art alter what we think of as reality. It’s for readers ready to slow down and savor the words. It’s for those who would watch not just Psycho, but ponder the meanings of ‘24 Hour Psycho’.”

    USA Today

  • “If Underworld was DeLillo’s extravagant funeral for the twentieth century, Point Omega is the farewell party for the last decade…DeLillo has…written the first important novel of the year."

    New York Observer

  • “DeLillo is, without any doubt or qualification, one of the most influential, brilliant, gifted, and insightful of American novelists. There are sentences in this book that are breathtaking.”

    Toronto Star

  • “Haunting…DeLillo slows down the whole culture, all of our repertoire of artifacts, words, and gestures.”

    Greil Marcus

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martin | 2/19/2014

    " Second half of the book is much stronger than the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Simon Atkinson | 2/18/2014

    " Brilliant concept, brilliantly written. Thoroughly recommend reading (at least once!). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Simon | 2/13/2014

    " Ultimately not enough going on in this DeLillo. He seems to have in recent novels minimized the plot to tell us something about how stillness affects the affected, but I'm not sure I got it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark | 2/1/2014

    " One of the only books I've in a single sitting...because I had to. Something of an anomaly. "

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