The Discomfort Zone

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jonathan Franzen

Narrated By: Jonathan Franzen

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: September 2006

Duration: 6 hours 11 minutes

Summary:

The Discomfort Zone is Franzen's memoir of growth from his boyhood as a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions. It's also a portrait of a Midwestern middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s and a vivid personal history of an America turning its back on a certain idealism.

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  • Peggy Stortz

    While Franzen's tale had its moments of brilliance such as when he returned to empty his childhood home, there were also long, tedious dissertations about Charlie Brown's Peanuts cartoons and bird watching. When Franzen is open and honest about himself and his family he is never better, but this memoir was too frequently smug and arrogant and refusing to get to the things that really matter.