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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68,775 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Franzen Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century—a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man—or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marvelous…Everything we want in a novel—except, when it’s rocking along, for it never to be over.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is a spellbinding novel…that is both funny and piercing.”


  • “One of the great books of the year.”

    Time magazine

  • “Bystanders will be forgiven the instinct to whistle in awe.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Looms as a model for what ambitious storytelling can still say about modern life.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Frighteningly, luminously authentic.”

    Boston Globe

  • “You will laugh, wince, groan, weep, leave the table, and maybe the country, promise never to go home again, and be reminded of why you read serious fiction in the first place.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Could this be the first great novel of the twenty-first century?”

    Village Voice

  • “The audio team at Simon & Schuster presents this bestseller brilliantly. Dylan Baker acts deftly, playing every part—male and female, young and old—superbly. The sound is excellent; the abridgment leaves the narrative thread intact…Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the 2002 Audie Award for Fiction, Abridged
  • Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A 2002 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2001 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erika | 2/18/2014

    " It's difficult to separate my opinion of this work from my opinion on Jonathan Franzen as a literary/pop culture figure. That aside, I find it difficult to think of a 2-page labyrinthine sentence as a demonstration of skill and not a feat of authorial masturbation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dempster | 2/6/2014

    " Spectacularly clever: incisively dissecting, but with obvious affection and charity, all the weird shit we do to each other in families. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zabetta Camilleri | 1/18/2014

    " By now Franzen has become one of my favourite authors. Even if I believe life is a bit mor beautiful than what he depicts, but scary to see how terrifying every day real life can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sonia | 1/14/2014

    " took longer to read than I had planned...not for lack of interest...just lack of time...but it was worth the wait!!! "

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