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Cosmopolis | [Don DeLillo]

Cosmopolis

It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end, those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.
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Publisher's Summary

It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end, those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.

Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age 28, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town.

His journey to the barbershop is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors - his experts on security, technology, currency, finance, and theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and sometimes he doesn't have to.

Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo's 13th novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of a spectacular downfall.

©2003 Don DeLillo; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"DeLillo, master novelist and seer, tells the surreal, electrifying story of this dehumanized moneyman in English scrubbed so clean and assembled so exquisitely it seems like a new language....Breathtakingly poetic and devastatingly witty." (Booklist)

Cosmopolis is nothing if not challenging, thought-provoking, and utterly different.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Cosmopolis is written with the sort of intensity you simply don't get elsewhere.” (GQ,UK)

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    Alnia Perpoz nyc 08-18-09
    Alnia Perpoz nyc 08-18-09 Member Since 2005
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    "My favorite book"

    I agree with the previous reviewer that this book is read perfectly. And the book itself, while concise, is brilliant in its erudition, the poetry of the voice and the sustained mood.

    DD loves language. Sometimes his books amaze with the shear volume of beautiful language. This novel is one-breath poem in prose. Inspired.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kenji New York, NY, USA 04-30-07
    Kenji New York, NY, USA 04-30-07
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    "Perfectly read..."

    This isn't the most popular of his books, but the reading makes this book is masterful. I've listened to this particular book a dozens of time, simply because of the reading. I enjoy DD greatly and have downloaded several of them, but this is the best read bar none. In fact, I enjoyed this rendition so much that I've actually checked the other books recorded by this reader (but unfortunately, the other titles are in genres that I am unfamiliar with). For those who enjoy DD, this is an excellent audio version.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Montgomery SanFrancisco, CA USA 05-21-12
    Lee Montgomery SanFrancisco, CA USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the best Dellillo.. WIl Patton does well"
    Would you listen to Cosmopolis again? Why?

    Maybe I would to pick up missed detail...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cosmopolis?

    The destruction of the limo marking the slow decline.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    David Cronenberg


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cameron elk ridge, UT, United States 12-05-11
    cameron elk ridge, UT, United States 12-05-11
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    "amazing book, performance worthy of Delillo"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cosmopolis to be better than the print version?

    Situation dictates


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cosmopolis?

    The point where the character realizes that all of the precautions of the super rich which insulate him from the reality that he has left behind actually threaten him more than any potential danger that they might protect him from.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of Cosmopolis and why?

    The driver with the scar on his eye


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book, Delillo never falters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yankee Bookworm TOPSHAM, ME, United States 08-13-11
    Yankee Bookworm TOPSHAM, ME, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "DD & Will Patton - two phenoms"

    This was the first book I had heard narrated by Will Patton and loved his voices so much that I have sought out some of his other work. Though not a detective story reader, I have come to be an avid listener of the James Lee Burke novels that Will Patton does. Anyone who has enjoyed him doing Cosmopolis might want to give those a spin. His voices are just as masterful as in Cos. I love Don DeLillo to read because I like to visually see his words on a page; he has such a beautiful way with language. But I have played Cos over a dozen times because Will Patton makes it a unique experience on its own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Travis PHOENIX, AZ, United States 05-31-11
    Travis PHOENIX, AZ, United States 05-31-11

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    "Great book read perfectly"

    I'm a fan of DD and this is a great book, but the Will Paton (reader) makes this special experience. The only time I'd heard reading like this was when my friends would read out loud a passage they've loved since highschool.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Pell Ardsley, NY United States 05-19-14
    Doug Pell Ardsley, NY United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic DeLillo"
    What did you love best about Cosmopolis?

    Delicious prose entertaining and provocative.


    What other book might you compare Cosmopolis to and why?

    Brings back the flavor of Great Jones St.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me chuckle with a twist


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P K Rotterdam, Netherlands 07-09-12
    P K Rotterdam, Netherlands 07-09-12
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    "Not the best DeLillo but still worth the money"

    Compared with Libra or White Noise this story is more constructed and less realistic.
    But it is not as polished as Point Omega.
    It is comparable in quality with The Names or Running Dog.
    Still worth the money and it is an interesting critique of modern Wall Street life. But also a bit "over the top".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 11-09-12
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Get a haircut on a less busy day"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It left me confused. The stuff I did understand was sort of revolting or boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Don DeLillo again?

    Maybe, but not by this narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

    No. I disliked the whispering narration through out the entire book.


    Could you see Cosmopolis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been made into a movie. That is what gave me the idea to read the book before seeing the movie. I feel that I can skip seeing the movie after reading the book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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