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The Corrections Audiobook

The Corrections: A Novel

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 50 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. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
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National Book Award, Fiction, 2001

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 50 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 specatcularly 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.

©2010 Jonathan Franzen (P)2010 Simon and Schuster

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    greg sarasota, FL, United States 01-05-12
    greg sarasota, FL, United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Contemporary Literature at it's best"

    Franzen and Guidall are a perfect formula for a successful literary novel. The Lambert family is so funny, sad, hopeful and disastrous that I was unaware that all the 568 pages had passed me by. Franzen's gift for allowing characters to drift, grow and develop their self awareness have made me a devotee of all his work so far.

    Definitely recommended as worth your time and credit.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Atlanta, GA, United States 05-07-11
    Peggy Atlanta, GA, United States 05-07-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Couldn't decide 3 or 4 stars?"

    For this book I wish I could rate it 3.75, it was definitely better than a 3 but really not quite a 4. The characters are really well developed and Franzen's writing style is very detailed and so vivid (unbelievable descriptions of what it must be like to have Parkinson's disease) - you definitely get the picture he has painted with words, but sometimes he just goes on too long, the detail and description is just too much. I like a good book that doesn't waste my time with tedious, unrelated to the story, details. For me that is what stops this book from being a 4.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 03-21-11
    Cindy 03-21-11

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    "A satisfying listen"

    I really got into this book and it stands out as one of my favorite listens. It's a character driven book and the story and characters felt really true to life in a quirky way. The observations woven into the story on life, family and marriage brought the story to another level for me. Franzen's other book Freedom seems to be more reviewed. I have listened to both and prefer this one. George Guidall does his usual fantastic job as a narrator.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    David Glen Echo, MD, United States 11-05-12
    David Glen Echo, MD, United States 11-05-12
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    "Painful for me, because I'm the same age as "Al""
    Where does The Corrections rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in the middle 50%. I went on forever with drawn out sub plots. I identified with the main character and that made it painful. I'll try another Franzen book and see f I can get through it without getting frustrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That George Guidall was the reader.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    You know, that's a hard one for me to answer. EVERYTHING that George Guidall reads comes to life. It's quite amazing. The way that he can truly separate one character from another; the way that he does wormen just makes him the very best in this art form..I have reached a point in my audio book listening experience that has me looking for books that he has read, no matter that I have no idea about the author or plot. I felt the same way about Muller and sorry that he has passed and there will be no more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Al's infirmity got to me. I'm his age.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em coming.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 10-08-13
    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 10-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    ""Grandly Entertaining"? Really?"
    Any additional comments?

    I do not consider raising my anxiety level to the max by putting me in the midst of the most hopeless and unlovable family I have ever come to know entertaining. If this is a true representation of " the American society and the American soul" we are doomed. The author is amazingly skilled at his ability to portray believable characters. The problem for me was I didn't want to know them. I didn't even want to face the possibility people as despairingly undone as this are among us. I was never more glad when this ended and I could leave their world. The narrator did a fine job of conveying the utter doom of the whole story. As gifted as he is, I fear to read anything else by Franzen. There could be knives too available nearby.

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    Rob Neshanic Station, NJ, United States 07-15-13
    Rob Neshanic Station, NJ, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A really incredible experience"
    Would you listen to The Corrections again? Why?

    I did not want to like the book because the author seems like an asshole. It was fantastic. An incredible story read by someone who understands the characters.


    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Benchracer 01-08-12
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    "Even Guidall couldn't get me far into this one."

    The author seemed bent on impressing us with wordplay rather than plot or character development. Sadly, even George Guidall, an excellent narrator, could not keep me engaged.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    kandinsky2 New York, NY USA 11-27-11
    kandinsky2 New York, NY USA 11-27-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Dark, hilarious, excruciating and beautifully read"

    George Guidall's rendition of this pitch-perfect portrait of neurotic dysfunction is brilliant. Only slightly exaggerated, the interior worlds of these generally unlikeable persons emerge with poignant and uncomfortable clarity.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 01-08-14
    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2015

    I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

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    "Great Modern Literature"
    Would you listen to The Corrections again? Why?

    Yes, as its' one of the single greatest novels ever written. The story captivates from beginning to end, brings a variety of timely social issues to the table and tells a great story around the discussion of those issues.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Corrections?

    Chip's arrival at the home for Christmas, which seemed predictable but at the same time the author gave no clue that it would actually happen ... or Alfred's dementia induced talking feces..


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice actually bothered me at first, or at least for the first few minutes of the listen. As you get involved with the characters of the novel what at first listen seems like the voice of an elderly man becomes capable of giving each character a completely distinct voice, and ultimately ends up in a great listening experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, but there were numerous moments when Gary and Chip were placed into situations I, like many men, had experienced in real life.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 12-06-12
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.

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    "Even more meaningful than I remember the first tim"

    Read this for a second time after passage of a decade. Hadn't remembered how depressing the story was, and how frustrating the characters, but was stunned by how very deeply down the book made me feel without allowing me to separate from it. I had to keep reading. The prose is beautiful and continues to draw you in for even the saddest and most absurd developments. There is a line in this book that i love about how can one even stand when you don't understand how difficult another's life can be. It is such an amazing and critical line that it stays after with me long after I have finished the book. THat is why I read. I want to imagine how difficult it is to live someone else's life because that understanding makes life easier to live for me. I found this an amazingly honest and compassionate book despite how very uncompassionate it starts out.The reader is excellent although the woman's characters got sort of high-pitched voices that can be really irritating.Excellent narrator and interpretation. Highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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