Don DeLillo, Author, Will Patton, Read by , read by Will Patton. Simon & Schuster Audio $26 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7435-2848-1

For a book about a 28-year-old new-economy billionaire with a "frozen heart," Patton adopts a distant, machine-like narrative tone that has all the warmth of the computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick's 2001. It's a fitting approach, as the asset manager at the novel's center, Eric Packer, is hardly an avaricious tycoon, but rather an insular and literate egotist who seems more given to detached, philosophical reveries on everyday trivialities than to serious business analysis. That, too, fits, as this novel from DeLillo (Underworld; White Noise) takes place entirely in one day as Packer's life unravels while he's driven across Manhattan to get a haircut. He remains aloof both to listeners and to those around him, and Patton's understated reading imbues the proceedings with the subtle edginess of a mild drug. That's not to say that things are completely monotone, though; Patton also deftly portrays characters ranging from Packer's gruff, paranoid head of security to his aging Italian barber, one of the few characters who seem truly human. But the book is really an extended meditation, and while Patton's pitch may be perfect, the recording isn't for everyone. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover (Forecasts, Dec. 9, 2002). (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 06/02/2003
Release date: 04/01/2003
Show other formats
Book - 978-0-7435-6267-6
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4498-8652-3
Open Ebook - 220 pages - 978-0-330-47391-0
Hardcover - 209 pages - 978-0-7432-4424-4
Compact Disc - 978-0-7435-2849-8
Open Ebook - 224 pages - 978-0-7432-5528-8
Paperback - 209 pages - 978-0-7432-4425-1
Paperback - 209 pages - 978-0-330-41274-2
Compact Disc - 978-1-4423-5762-4
Paperback - 209 pages - 978-1-4516-8939-6
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-0-330-52493-3
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.