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Author: Don DeLillo Narrator: Michael Cerveris, Peter Friedman, Mercedes Ruehl, Aaron Tveit Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781442346482
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From one of the greatest writers of our time, the first ever collection of brilliant short stories, written between 1979 and 2011; chronicling—and foretelling—three decades of American life.

Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white collar prison, and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused sentences of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories.
     In “Creation,” a couple at the end of a cruise in the West Indies can’t get off the island. In “Human Moments in World War III,” two men orbiting the earth hear American radio, a half century ago. In the title story, nuns working the violent streets of the south Bronx, confirm the neighborhood’s miracle, the apparition of the dead child, Esmeralda.
     Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists, and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. DeLillo’s sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great American writer—and are a perfect introduction to the author whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A vital addition to DeLillo’s corpus…expertly realized…The gods have equipped DeLillo with the antennae of a visionary. There is right field, and there is left field. He comes from third field—aslant, athwart. And I love The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories.

    New Yorker

  • “A terrific overview of [DeLillo’s] many strengths, from pitch-perfect character descriptions to surprising humor to soaring lyricism…The literary fireworks of the title piece alone are a stunning example of how the ordinary can become extraordinary in a gifted artist’s hands…Behold and be dazzled.”


  • “Many of [DeLillo’s] deceptively simple sentences will leave you awestruck…This slim volume is a marvel—a masterpiece of short fiction.”

    USA Today

  • “[DeLillo’s] prose is masterly and austere…Even the most fragmentary of [the stories] provides the pleasure of reading the inimitably elegant sentences that DeLillo has been fashioning for four decades.”

    Washington Post

  • “Magnificent.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A beautiful book for all time”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The typical DeLillo tale reads like a diagnosis of a zeitgeist malady we never knew we had, and in these stories the malady is one of spellbound fixation. DeLillo has achieved a very particular kind of greatness…and his gifts…are, for a contemporary American writer, unsurpassed.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “I was dazzled…Reading this collection confirms DeLillo as one of our very best short story writers…The richness of his work, the pleasures on offer—intellectual, visceral, poetic, comic—are unrivalled.”

    Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 2011 Story Prize for Short Fiction Finalist
  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • One of the 2011 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathieu | 1/29/2014

    " Granted I've only read one of his major novel, I still feel uncertain about how to enjoy Delillo's style, especially when it is in the form of short stories. Despite that I thought this book to be an enjoyable read. The last two stories, set chronologically from the time of their "creation", were two of my favorites; they felt like the most relevant to the anxious and uncertain times WE live in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Johnny | 1/24/2014

    " This is my first Don DeLillo book, and I can't say it was a super exciting experience. His style, based on the nine short stories that make up this volume, is dreamlike and ethereal, not something that can sustain me when disconcertingly shifting gears every twenty pages or so to a new set of characters, a new setting, and the absence of a traditional plot. There are some interesting pieces here to be sure; the one I like most is the opening chapter, "Creation," in which a couple is stranded on a tropical island due to unreliable air transportation. But even this story took some rather unexpected turns with little attention to characterization. The woman departs when one seat opens up on a tiny plane, and the man quickly jumps into bed with another woman who has been waiting for a departure. There's no explanation though on why he so quickly betrays his fled partner, and in fact it seems completely commonplace. This type of experience is echoed in most of the other stories, and in some cases, as in "Hammer and Sickle" when an incarcerated narrator's tween daughters begin reciting a poetry of world financial disasters during a visit, any semblance of verisimilitude totally devolves. I'm sure there is a point to all of this, but I just didn't get it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 1/19/2014

    " Unpredictable crowds. Paintings of murdered or suicidal terrorists. Children reciting news of economic collapse. Fleeing, soon-to-be-dead children reincarnated as ghostly figures on advertising billboards. It all adds up to terror, delivered DeLillo style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 1/15/2014

    " Half way through this book i thought i'd got it but by the time i'd forced my way to the end i knew i hadn't ... although the writing is beautiful i couldn't get used to the way the characters conversed ( or not ) .. i did think after the first few stories that this was a more poetic version of Last Exit to Brooklyn ... but the last few stories threw me ... what was their point & where were they going ?? But, by this time, i didnt really care anyway ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Con | 1/13/2014

    " need to process before review, F. Harry Stowe, floating almound crisps bars, the subway... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/31/2013

    " A really great overview of DeLillo short-story work over the length of his career. Highlight for me was 'Baader-Meinhof', but there are plenty of highlights here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LorCon | 12/30/2013

    " An excellent collection of short stories written over many years time. Very thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 12/30/2013

    " I preferred his later stories to the earlier ones....or maybe I've just outgrown him? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzette | 12/29/2013

    " Stories written over the past 3 decades show the breadth and depth of DeLillo's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/27/2013

    " Masterful, insightful and gorgeous text. I usually do not prefer short stories as they tend to be forgetful and longer works are more engrossing and more fully developed. Not so here; I will remember each story and it's messages for a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/7/2013

    " writing short stories takes a different sort of talent than writing novels. in spite of all the great reviews i read of this book, it just didn't grab me. i felt many of the stories were not just short, but incomplete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 9/22/2013

    " all fascinating, some great: Human Moments in World War III, Hammer and Sickle. He's a treasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 4/25/2013

    " The title story is an all timer: two nuns doing god's work from different directions, the South Bronx and a miracle, perhaps. Elsewhere, DeLillo's ability to capture/communicate an edgy paranoia and what passes for American culture/way of life is uncanny and often discomforting. But on the mark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 4/5/2013

    " The best story here is the one that is an excerpt from "Underworld", but all of them were enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 carl | 12/29/2012

    " I loved every piece EXCEPT for the title story. Wonderful art. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/27/2012

    " I'm not sure what the fuss it all about. I liked the stories, but they weren't luminous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 12/5/2012

    " A few stories were overwrought, but these were eclipsed by some of the best stories I've ever encountered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 10/20/2012

    " Powerful stories by DeLillo who is better known as a novelist. The title story is one of the finest I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/18/2012

    " Loved this book of 9 short stories by Don DeLillo. Not always a fan of the short story format...sometimes it takes so long to get into a story and by then it's over, but all nine of these were wonderful. Recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eva | 7/27/2012

    " Too post-modern for my taste. An unconventional narrative (which would be fine) except the stories had no dramatic arc, no real ending, just meandered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 3/23/2012

    " Beautiful, understated, moving. What a truly exceptional writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 12/27/2011

    " S'okay. Don't think this dystopian stuff is for me. "

About the Author

Don DeLillo is an acclaimed essayist, playwright, short story writer, and novelist. 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. Before becoming a writer, he worked for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Currently, he lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Michael Cerveris is an American singer, guitarist, and actor. He has performed in many stage musicals and plays including Romeo & Juliet, Sweeney Todd, and Hedwig and the Angry Itch. He won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his role in the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins. His most notable television role has been as September in the series Fringe.