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3.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 5 3.23 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz Narrator: Colleen Werthmann Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781611139273
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"Admissions. Admission. Aren't there two sides to the word? And two opposing sides...It's what we let in, but it's also what we let out."





For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.





Admission is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional examination of what happens when the secrets of the past return and shake a woman's life to its core. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni Ackerman | 2/15/2014

    " It was interesting to read about the admissions process and fun to follow the action around the town of Princeton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 2/8/2014

    " Tina fey's new movie is based on this book. I accidentally ran into this title at the second hand bookstore. Timing. It was a decent & good read. Solid. Well done. It's about time I finished a book with some substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Barrett | 2/6/2014

    " What a surprising novel. Korelitz is a wonderful writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy Mckown abbott | 1/24/2014

    " Finally finished it. Easy read and enjoyable for those of us with an admissions background. Not quite what I was expecting, but would still recommend it. "

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

    " Not so enthralled so far. And the movie must be radically different from the book to have cast Tina fey and Paul Rudd. finished. Meh. A lot preachy and a little soap operatic. Not for me. "

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

    " A fictional novel about a Princeton Admissions Officer, this book was fascinating in its account of the admissions process. Written by a part time reader for Princeton admissions, it was especially meaningful as we are visiting colleges now and trying to understand how the process works. The fictional personal story of the protagonist was not of great interest to me, but I loved everything else! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky C. | 1/1/2014

    " Heard about this one at RAIG. Written by a former Princeton admission staffer about the Princeton admission process. About 500 pages. By page 60 I figured out the main plot points and knew where the story was going so I kept reading just for the insights into the whole Ivy League admissions scene. The story takes place during one admission season (fall to spring)of Portia Nathan's life. All the details about the process were interesting and the desperation of the students and their parents were palpable. I only gave it 3 stars because the plot was so predictable but it wasn't a bad read. A nice companion piece to The Rule of Four if you're not already maxxed out on the whole Princeton thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki | 12/14/2013

    " Really compelling read plus a bonus look into the world of college admissions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/4/2013

    " There's a compelling story buried in here beneath all the explanation and defensiveness about Ivy League admission policies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa Trowbridge | 11/29/2013

    " Interesting insight into what college admissions officers must think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquie | 11/21/2013

    " This is a good read. The author presents a detailed picture of the current college admission process-- gained from her own experience. The plot holds one's attention, the main character complex and the setting for those of us in Western Massachusetts/ Vermont is real and accurate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/15/2013

    " Another book I'd really rather give 2.5 stars to, but I rounded up instead of down this time. I make that choice rather arbitrarily, I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chalida | 11/14/2013

    " 452 pages was way too long for this book. Didn't love the main character even when her back story got more interesting. It did give me some insight into the college admissions process, not a pretty picture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Stewart | 9/26/2013

    " Not a comedy like I thought. Such comedic potential, too. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kappy | 8/11/2013

    " Previous books by this author have been some of my favorites. This was well written and absorbing but it dragged for me in the last fourth of the book. Still worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/18/2013

    " FIVE for the great (if more than a little scary) insights into the college student admissions process at elite institutions. ONE for the fairly cheesy drama that went along with it. I split the difference in my rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Baack | 3/23/2013

    " Interesting topic! I didn't know much about the admission process to Ivy League schools. One of those books that gets better as you get into it! Recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/15/2013

    " Loved it. Not prepared to, but it was great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/8/2012

    " This book was readable but I ended up skimming, especially toward the end. Heavy on detail about the admissions process, which was interesting to a point, but the descriptions of prospective students were so endless that the book's actual plot sometimes seemed like a subplot or even afterthought. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim Davis | 11/6/2012

    " Couldn't finish it....didn't like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 11/2/2012

    " Reading this book was a very cool experience. I almost put it down a few times because I didn't understand or care deeply about the lead characters. When it all came together, I fell totally in love with the story. Worth staying with, very interesting story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 9/1/2012

    " This was good - went on a bit too long on some themes but it was enjoyable and I completely disagreed with the main character's actions at the end which made me stop and think a bit...so I like that. Would recommend. "

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About the Author
Author Jean Hanff KorelitzJean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of one book of poems, THE PROPERTIES OF BREATH, and three previous novels, A JURY OF HER PEERS, THE SABBATHDAY RIVER and THE WHITE ROSE, as well as a novel for children, INTERFERENCE POWDER. She has also published essays in the anthologies MODERN LOVE and BECAUSE I SAID SO, and in the magazines VOGUE, REAL SIMPLE, MORE, NEWSWEEK, ORGANIC STYLE, TRAVEL AND LEISURE (FAMILY) and others. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband (Irish poet Paul Muldoon, poetry editor at The New Yorker and Princeton poetry professor) and two children.