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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: February 2010 ISBN: 9781442300552
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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!

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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 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 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 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 Mark | 2/1/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Phillips | 1/30/2014

    " Short, but a puff of literary richness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/27/2014

    " Point Omega is an extremely short novel (only 117 pages) with very little action. Most of the book is either conversations amongst the characters or the inner musings of their minds. Consequently, I often found myself momentarily pausing in my reading, pondering upon what the characters were thinking about. At times,it almost felt I was musing right along with them. An interesting, and in that sense, quite unique reading experience... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Broadhead | 1/18/2014

    " Short, well-written, with interesting characters, but ultimately unfulfilling in its vagaries. Strangely, DeLillo is writing more like Denis Johnson these days, and vice versa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. | 1/15/2014

    " One of the best books that I've read this year. "

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

    " Kinda beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Buechler | 12/20/2013

    " While this is a slim book, it isn't a quick read. DeLillo is dealing with how we perceive reality and consciousness in the novel so it is something that is meant to be reflected on - not rushed through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 8/16/2013

    " Point Omega is an enigmatic book. I found that reading reviews - after I read the book - was useful. Really interesting, short (!) and quite puzzling. Maybe I'll read it again ;-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Harry | 7/19/2013

    " Another loser by a well known author. The only good thing about this book - it's short (117 pages). No real plot or ending, no explanations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/17/2013

    " I wasn't expecting the ending - at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Wilson | 3/19/2012

    " Too short! I know nothing about DeLillo but the book sets itself up with an interesting plot, then curveballs and ends. A few very intriguing ideas, but despite enjoying what I read, I'm left feeling: what was the point? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Dahai | 3/3/2012

    " Perfect structure and wonderful handling of POV. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joab Jackson | 2/7/2012

    " I still get the feeling that DeLillo deliberately confounds vagueness with depth, but I like the minimal backdrop of the desert here, and the general disquiet of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Seaton | 12/13/2011

    " Eh. Not my favorite DeLillo. Felt like it needed more incubation time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 5/14/2011

    " DeLillo can expertly render a sentence, but this novella has too much abstract intellectualizing for my taste. It should have a categorization on the back cover reading "fiction/film theory/armchair psychoanalysis." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 daniel | 4/20/2011

    " everybody remembers the killer's name, norman bates, but nobody remembers the victim's name. anthony perkins is norman bates, janet leigh is janet leigh. the victim is required to share the name of the actress who plays her. it is janet leigh who enters the remote motel owned by norman bates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rafa | 4/20/2011

    " Me encantó. Tiene el tono de En la ciudad blanca, la última buena película que ví. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roger | 4/19/2011

    " Since it is a short book, I thought I could breeze through it. What happened instead was I got mired down in the first couple of chapters with boring and incidental details that I just stopped reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/15/2011

    " This is the third DeLillo I've read and, so far, the only one I have enjoyed. I thought this book was pretty brilliant, yo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/10/2011

    " Eh. Not my favorite DeLillo. Felt like it needed more incubation time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemar | 3/24/2011

    " Compelling, deep and not without humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/11/2011

    " Don DeLillo's latest is a brief, cryptic and thought-provoking novel which references the Hitchcock classic, "Psycho", as well as more contemporary traumas like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and divorce. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 2/3/2011

    " three people living in a desert. of vast time and slow landscapes. "

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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

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air.