The Corrections

Written by:
Jonathan Franzen
Narrated by:
Dylan Baker

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2001
9 hours 30 minutes
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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I don't understand all the reviews that says this book is boring. Maybe everyone wants a thriller these days. Its not a thriller, but a compelling story about an American family that was both hilarious and sad at times. The writer is a master at providing the imagery needed to get to know the characters. Definitely one of the best books I have listened to in a long time.

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I really enjoyed this book. You need a bit of dry humor, dysfunctional family to truly appreciate it. I loved his perspective from the the mind of the demented father. A good book if you have a darker view of the world.

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Boring and incomprehensible. I stopped listening halfway through. Maybe it got better later? I just didn't care.

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Some books should be read and not listened to...this is one of them. Rich characters and story line.

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I found this book hard to get into. It certainly was not what I was expecting. That being said I found it mildly entertaining but it was difficult to keep all the characters straight.

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Debi Martinez

YAAAAWWWWNNN!!! I found myself mesmerized by the monotonous sound of the narrators voice. I forced myself to finish the first disc - hoping for a story that would pull me in, but I couldn't bear any more. I have sent it back after listening to just the first disc. Such a disappointment because now I have to wait for my next two selections. :-(

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Lynda Simmons

I found this book to be beautifully written and highly entertaining. The ending was perfect and memorable. Action packed this book is not, but it's not meant to be. This is a story about family, not the happy-Disney kind, but the messy, real and hugely funny kind.

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Constance Goodman

Boring,boring, boring. I kept waiting for the fragmented plot/story line? to come together with no results. What a sad dysfunctional family. I listenied to the entire book waiting for it to get better, come together, make sense, something!! It never did. This book did let me know that talent is not required to publish a book.

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Sandra Payne

Not easy to follow and quiet boring at times. The review makes it sound much better than it actually is. Would not recommend unless desperate for something to listen to.

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Bored Silly

This book was soooo boring. I couldn't finish it.

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Molly Rhea

Kept waiting for a story, a plot, a something. Never happened. Would not recommend.

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Diana Wright

Very happy this was abridged. The author wrote this as if he were in a high school creative writing class - lots of meaningless, descriptive words of endless variety. Kept waiting for it to end, thinking something of interest would happen. It didn't.

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Glad this was the abridged version. Plot seemed very fragmented. It was not enjoyable to try to keep up with, so after struggling to hang on through Disc 3, returned the set without finishing.

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