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    • The Corrections

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,989
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,725

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Contemporary Literature at it's best

    • By greg on 01-05-12

    Regular price: $33.03

    • Freedom

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: David LeDoux
    • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4,725
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,335
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,344

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

    • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

    Regular price: $47.93

    • The End of the End of the Earth

    • Essays
    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections. In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes - both human and literary - that have long preoccupied him. Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant! Every essay is a journey onto itself…

    • By howshermun on 12-05-18

    Regular price: $23.09

    • Purity

    • A Novel
    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Dylan Baker, Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 25 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,820
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,651

    Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another excellent novel from Franzen

    • By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • How to Be Alone

    • Essays
    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Franzen, Brian d'Arcy James
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections. Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful essays

    • By Riccardo Moschetti on 10-13-16

    Regular price: $19.83

    • The Twenty-Seventh City

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Meetu Chilana
    • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 44

    St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A messy, ambitious, prognostic American novel

    • By Darwin8u on 09-01-14

    Regular price: $34.94

    • End of the End of the Earth

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    The End of the End of the Earth is a collection of Jonathan Franzen's essays and speeches from the past five years, in which he grapples with the most important and heated ethical subjects of the day: environmentalism, capitalism, wealth inequality, race, technology, and the role of art. He challenges us to ask difficult questions: What is our civic responsibility in the face of climate change, the greatest ever threat to our planet and species? Above all, in these essays, Franzen asks us to care - about causes great and small, with subjects as big as our planet and specific as a rare species of birds.

    Regular price: $37.80

    • Strong Motion

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
    • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 146

    Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling Story, Ridiculous Narrator

    • By D.Mulligan on 02-28-16

    Regular price: $34.94

    • The Corrections

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 814
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 253
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 258

    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. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A memorable book; flawless narration

    • By Charles Elmore on 01-06-04

    Regular price: $26.60

    • The End of the End of the Earth

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigour to the themes - both human and literary - that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we’ve come to expect from Franzen....

    Regular price: $9.27

    • Episode 72: Goonswarm Takes Over, Trump/Nixon, and Birding with Jonathan Franzen

    • By: David Remnick, Amy Davidson, John Dean, and others
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Original Recording
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    A veteran of Watergate compares Nixon with Trump, the man who may be his political heir...

    Regular price: $0.95

    • Purity

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Jenna Lamia, Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 24 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom and The Corrections. Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A modest performance.

    • By Giovanni Garau on 11-21-15

    Regular price: $28.77

    • Farther Away

    • Essays
    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Franzen, Scott Shepherd
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 60

    In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Franzen returns with renewed vigor to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. These pieces deliver on Franzen’s implicit promise to conceal nothing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Two different readers, two different experiences

    • By Doggy Bird on 03-31-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Discomfort Zone

    • A Personal History
    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Franzen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. The Discomfort Zone is his intimate memoir of his development from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person", through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good narration, like some essays more than others

    • By Doggy Bird on 05-30-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Freedom

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? Most of all, what has happened to Patty?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book if you like this kind of stuff

    • By Danilo D. on 03-13-17

    Regular price: $45.63

    • The New Yorker College Tour

    • University of Washington, Seattle: Fiction
    • By: Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Deborah Treisman
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. His several books include the novel Reservation Blues and the story and poetry collections Ten Little Indians, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which he adapted for the film Smoke Signals, and The Business of Fancydancing, which he adapted for film and also directed.

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Unschuld

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: Sascha Rotermund, Walter Kreye
    • Length: 25 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Die junge Pip Tyler weiß nicht, wer ihr Vater ist. Das ist nicht ihr einziges Problem: Sie hat Studienschulden, ihr Bürojob in Oakland ist eine Sackgasse, sie liebt einen verheirateten Mann und ihre Mutter erdrückt sie mit Liebe und Geheimniskrämerei. Als ihr eines Tages bei Whistleblower Andreas Wolf ein Praktikum angeboten wird, hofft sie, er könne ihr bei der Suche nach ihrem Vater helfen. Sie stellt ihre Mutter vor die Wahl: Entweder diese lüftet das Geheimnis ihrer Herkunft, oder Pip macht sich auf nach Bolivien, wo Andreas Wolf sein Enthüllungswerk vollbringt. Und wenig später bricht sie auf.

    Regular price: $16.96

    • Freedom

    • By: Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated by: David Ledoux
    • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Portrait of Liberal America Today

    • By Thom on 12-11-10

    Regular price: $28.77

    • Eggs, Cookies, and Leeches

    • Memorable Writing from The New Yorker
    • By: Malcolm Gladwell, Hendrik Hertzberg, John Colapinto, and others
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Highlights
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A random collection?

    • By Curmudgeon on 01-24-12

    Regular price: $12.95

    • The New Yorker, June 8th & 15th, 2009

    • Part 2 (James Surowiecki, Jonathan Franzen, Louis Menand))
    • By: James Surowiecki, Jonathan Franzen, Louis Menand
    • Narrated by: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    "Change We Can't Believe In", by James Surowiecki; "Panther(s)!", by Nick Paumgarten; "Good Neighbors", by Jonathan Franzen; "Show or Tell", by Louis Menand; "Naughty Nurse", by Nancy Franklin.

    Regular price: $5.95

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