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3.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 5 3.39 (38 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: September 2001 ISBN: 9780743545280
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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.”

    People

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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 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 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 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 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!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline Sica | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting but so long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Akirsling7 | 1/4/2014

    " one of my favorites of all time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria Collier | 1/1/2014

    " Could not bring myself to finish it - I found it awful! I couldn't relate to any of the characters and didn't feel anything but disgust for the whole family...I'm not sure how I read over half of it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal Rhyno | 12/26/2013

    " Meh I wasn't in the mood for this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randee Taylor | 12/23/2013

    " I can't believe I finally finished this book. I've been trying for 2 years!! It probably would have been better if I would have just stuck with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 12/13/2013

    " I really liked The Corrections. Certain parts were hard to get through because the characters were so irritating. Reading The Corrections felt like a friend was sharing anecdotes from 'back home.' "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deedee Dudley | 12/9/2013

    " Interesting, but just not my style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaylene | 12/9/2013

    " I really struggled with this book and gave up at page 140. I really wanted to like this book but maybe my struggle is because I didn't like the characters. They were awfully self-obsessed and oblivious to anyone but themselves. I also found Franzen's writing style quite jarring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill Shannon | 12/7/2013

    " I bailed about halfway through. Franzen certainly is in love with the sound of his own voice, to the detriment of story. It might have been ultimately going somewhere, but it took me 250 pages to realize that I didn't care where it went. Life's too short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlotta | 11/24/2013

    " Superb! A great American novel for our time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus O'brien | 11/24/2013

    " Best book I've ever read. Hands down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grizsdina | 7/19/2013

    " Much better than expected and so well written that it was really hard to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 3/20/2013

    " For the most part, the story is engaging, however, it never really develops into anything. He's a great writer, though. Some of his prose blew me away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Bonzo | 2/20/2013

    " Could have been written with 300 pages-- seemed never ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Hernday | 9/28/2012

    " His circular writing style and challenging vocabulary drew me in and kept me going. I didn't like any of the characters, but that is okay with me. I could not wait to find out how Enid's Christmas would work out. Dysfunctional family masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Oshlo | 8/23/2012

    " pretty on the money "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Clough | 8/18/2012

    " Lives up to the hype...accessible and literary. Although I almost gave this four stars because of his diva fit over being chosen as an Oprah's book club selection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lars Udsholt | 8/2/2012

    " Great book - Franzen is especially adept in portraying the three male characters: Alfred, Chip and Gary. Authentic fiction at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Roome | 6/28/2012

    " I love disfunction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/22/2012

    " Painful especially if you've had a parent with dementia. The parents' story captured a certain kind of marriage, not just midwestern, but thoroughly Protestant in sensibility. None of the children were sympathetic characters and I could have done with a lot less about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Watson | 5/5/2012

    " I closed my eyes and sighed silently to myself about 200 times reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xiomara Blanco | 4/11/2012

    " I think Franzen is my favorite contemporary fiction writer. I like Freedom better but still a very solid, entertaining, thought-provoking read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hobermark | 3/24/2012

    " People liked this better than freedom.....to those people I ask why????? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/29/2012

    " I really had trouble slogging through this and ended up putting it down early on. I hated the characters and how dysfunctional they were. I realize that is the point of the book, but the writing couldn't keep me. And I read just about everything to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/23/2011

    " this book was so entertaining, and it was different from anything else i have read. it was so funny, in a sad way. i loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 5/21/2011

    " I wanted to read some Jonathan Franzen to see what all the fuss was about. This was ok. It was an interesting character study but I wasn't blown away or anything. I thought the whole thing in Lithuania was a little strange and out of place. I think it was just a little long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steef | 5/19/2011

    " Brilliant destruction of an average American family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pete | 5/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed "Freedom" but gave up on this one because it was so damn depressing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/17/2011

    " Compelling and unsettling look into the guts of a real American family. Like Philip Roth's American Pastoral is strips bare what really happens in families. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/17/2011

    " It did get a little weird at one point with the talking (you-know-whats) but man, I really loved this book.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Juli | 5/15/2011

    " Didn't enjoy this nearly as much as Freedom. Alfred's rambling psychotic hallucinations were totally lost on me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 5/14/2011

    " Everyone I talked to loved this book but the author tries way too hard to "write well" and it comes off reading like some pseudo intellectual hipster whining about his family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 5/12/2011

    " I guess I like books that can make me laugh, cry and feel embarassed about some of the human traits that I and most humans share. This book makes me want to gid rid of stuff! That's a good thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jscorse | 5/11/2011

    " Not a single likable character, way over-written, completely disjointed. Basically a mess. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen was previously known for his influential Harper’s essay, “Perchance to Dream.” He is now the author of several novels and multiple works of nonfiction, all receiving industry recognition. He splits his time between New York and Santa Cruz, California.

About the Narrator

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9.