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The Corrections Audiobook

The Corrections: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Athene 11-09-15
    Athene 11-09-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Needs editor shears."

    Way too long. Way too pointless.
    Way too much gratuitous cheap sex.
    I didn't finish it. Waste of my time and expectations.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dan United States 02-03-15
    Dan United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny, Challenging, Absurd and Dark."
    Where does The Corrections rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not my favorite, but very memorable. I laughed a good bit and could see myself listening to it again in a couple of years. I like how the author jumped from family member to family member and often filled in the blanks in a Tarrantino kind of way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Denise. She seemed to be the most sane of all the Lamberts. She was the relief of the reader that someone in the family had a sense of reality.


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

    All his performances have been great so far. I still think my favorite is The Accidental Tourist which is no longer available from Audible. I'm glad I bought my copy when I did!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at first. It took me a few chapters for the book to grip me. By the end, I wanted to know how it was going to end.


    Any additional comments?

    If all you read are "clean" books and expect to love every character in every story you listen to, skip this novel. If you have a sense of humor and can appreciate the absurd and love good literature, I'd recommend this very dark comedy. Just like the script Chip wrote in the story, you have to get through a very challenging beginning to finally get to the good stuff which is the rest of the novel. I don't think Franzen wrote it that way by accident.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 09-23-14
    Virginia 09-23-14 Member Since 2015

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "I would like to read the corrected Corrections"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Franzen and/or George Guidall?

    I am not sure if I will ever listen to or read another Franzen work, but we shouldn't say never


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Franzen before, how does this one compare?

    nope


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love Mr. Guidall's work, usually, and here as the voice of the older couple he is great (and even the younger men), but I just didn't care for his voice for the women. It was hard for me also because their are no chapter breaks in the audio book and because of this and the fact that Mr Guidall's voice really didn't show the changes, it was often confusing.


    Was The Corrections worth the listening time?

    eh


    Any additional comments?

    I think this gentleman is an incredible writer, but sometimes that isn't enough. I really hated the characters and everything about them, I would have loved just one person in which I could relate, but this whole family is perverted and sad! There wasn't one I rooted for except maybe the young book reader. I don't mind a few scenes of passion or whatever you would like to call them,or characters that are harsh with their language if the characters stay true to their form. But, good lord, I finally found myself saying out loud, "COME ON", "Geesh", Get A Room! When a writer is an incredible word smith but is self indulgent, for me, this can makes for a awkward read. Some things are better left to the reader's imagination. This kind of writing, to me, is like the gratuitously made movies in Hollywood today. A little go a long way. And that's my two cents worth

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 12-04-11
    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2011

    I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.

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    "AMAZING"

    One of the best books I've listened to all year....well next to Franzen's more recent novel, 'Freedom'. Both are so so so good. Franzen is my favorite author right now. These are the types of listens that will make your next audible purchase very difficult because nothing will be as good.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    emily Fayetteville, AR, United States 05-26-16
    emily Fayetteville, AR, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Intense"

    The reality, that's what I liked! I had family members who were afflicted with Alfreds disease. It was was unbelievably real and George Guidell is marvelous. Insightful and moving. Excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philipp 01-13-15
    Philipp 01-13-15
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    "even better than expected"

    After the book unfolds somewhat slowly the story gains considerable momentum. the author presents an impressive work that with its multiple threads and carefully crafted characters doesn't fall short of the best works in literature.

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    Mike M. Javanmard 01-06-14

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    "Kept Listening"

    I kept listening and it threw off my sleepiing pattern. I could not fall asleep to the book as I kept wondering what would happen next.I do not know if it was te story or the narrator that gripped my attention. I highly enjoyed it despite losing sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kath 09-06-12
    Kath 09-06-12

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    "Quirky characters and situations."

    Franzen's ability to get deep inside the heads of his characters and reveal their thoughts, emotions, and motivations is fascinating. Some characters are likeable. Others are not. But they are a very human mix of fear, frailty, hope and desire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Good Wife Dublin, OH USA 06-06-12
    Good Wife Dublin, OH USA 06-06-12

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    "Fantastic Listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud while listenting to this book. It is so well written, and so well read! I would listen while on the treadmill and get totally absorbed.


    What other book might you compare The Corrections to and why?

    I don't know that this book is similar to any other I've read or listened to. The writing is somewhat similar to Franzen's "Freedom." Franzen is a true word smith!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not possible to choose!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No -- it has to be savored. The writing is wonderful, but dense.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it. Take your time. Enjoy!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 01-13-11
    Jacqueline 01-13-11

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    "ABRIDGED is BETTER and 12 hours shorter"

    Usually the unabridged version of any book is the best one- -however, after listening to the abridged version of this book, which was 9 hours long, I saw there was a new unabridged version. Of course I thought I had missed a ton of material since the unabridged book is 12 hours longer - so I listened to the unabridged version, which was 21 hours long - I've got to say the additional 12 hours did not add much substance to the book. There was some value in that explanations of some of the events were more understandable, but overall it really was not worth it. Both versions are good, but I would recommend the abridged -it gets you there without all the "fillers"-

    The book is a masterpiece of the understanding of human emotions, but also of all the secret motivations that drive our daily lives- -we all have our own agenda's- I applaud the author on his incredible insight.into the human heart and his ability to translate those feelings with such skill.

    By the way, the narrator of the Abridged Version is the very best to listen to- he hits the perfect mark everytime on all characters and just the right pauses and tempo!

    29 of 44 people found this review helpful

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