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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,448 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Irene Worth Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Ethan Frome is a lonely farmer trying to make a living while also tending to his frigid, demanding and ungrateful wife Zeena. Hope enters Ethan's life of despair when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love Mattie but their fate is doomed by the oppressive principles of that era. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karlene | 2/17/2014

    " high school sophomore English.... what were they thinking with tormenting us with endless New England Winters??? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 2/16/2014

    " I could connect to none of the main characters of this book, and was truly disappointed with the whole storyline. While I know that my imagination is limited, I could not see the point of the novel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grete | 2/9/2014

    " Sometimes sparklingly longing but most often bitterly gray. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Woodnal | 2/7/2014

    " Just as my recent forays into Henry James, this is precisely how I like my canonical texts that focus on the repression of emotion boiling over from the Victorian Era: short and sweet. Wharton's short novel effectively captures the paralysis of a life half lived, and the foolish tendencies of us all to make things worse by following the allure of passion rather than dealing with the realities of our lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Lavallee | 1/30/2014

    " The subtleties of this short novel are lost on the current 'guess what's going on now' generation. I could envision the crampedness of the Frome estate, having actually, visited, albeit a tourist, to some of those New England homesteads with short staircases, low ceilings. It's believed that people were smaller, therefore less need for the McMansion. Perhaps in a similar vein, actions were smaller,less pronounced, so in fact when a distant relative joins the household of her cousin and farmer husband, a barely perceptible romance buds between that farmer, disenfranchised by the stirrings of a hypochondric wife, revealing itself in a downhill demise of catastrophic proportions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlie Gibbons | 1/4/2014

    " Depressing and storyline hard to follow... Realistic how our choices effect our lives. So if you're into that... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oana Kovacs | 1/4/2014

    " Short, but impressive, Ethan Frome is the story of a wasted life, filled with unhappiness and sorrow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Norrie | 12/30/2013

    " Not much - not sure where the acclaim comes from. It was an almost demented story of Ethan Frome who is in love with his wife's cousin. It ends with the sledding accident that began the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Waldvogel | 12/23/2013

    " Hard to get into at first- lots of pastoral description. Wistful, expectant, sad but touching in a very melancholy way. I appreciate my own happiness after reading this novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulette | 12/13/2013

    " Good writing but depressing story, if I remember correctly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Jones | 12/5/2013

    " Very good, short read. Knew the story before I read it, but thought that it was an incredibly well written story about a love that could never be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terra | 3/19/2013

    " Beautifully written Victorian tragedy. Only 157 pages and can be read in one sitting. You think the tragedy is the accident but it's much worse in the end. Very much unlike her other books and has said to be written about her own marriage. Quite a classic. Great book to discuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/11/2013

    " Not nearly as dark as people think. I listened to the audio book read by Scott Brick, I would highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/28/2013

    " Another book I had to read for English ... at least I understood what was happening most the time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/26/2013

    " American Gothic - tragic and sad. Wonderful investigation of commitment, love, amd marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J. | 2/23/2013

    " Short but beautifully-written: a perfect miniature portrait of the claustrophobic natures of the harsh winters of small communities in North America in the mid-nineteenth century, of poverty and of a loveless relationship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Jenkins | 6/25/2012

    " Quite possibly the most depressing book I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica Reyes | 5/24/2012

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as The Age of Innocence. I think I prefer her strong female characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 5/22/2011

    " Curious, disturbing book. Subtle love story turned tragic. Maybe subtle is an understatement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carsten | 5/10/2011

    " A very sad, rather depressing novel about a doomed love affair - this is my second Wharton (the first being The Age of Innocence). I like her writing - but this story is very painful to read. I don't think I was in the mood for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/10/2011

    " My favorite authors, favorite book, Anita Shreve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/7/2011

    " A classic. Hard to get through the first 50 pages, kind of a slow start. Ending was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee (Onyx) | 5/6/2011

    " Well, that was uplifting. Not. Really good writing, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 5/5/2011

    " Although released in 1911, this story is timeless. A quick read but engrossing from the first page to the last. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittanie | 5/3/2011

    " I found it very depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trixi | 5/3/2011

    " The character Ethan Frome will break your heart "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulette | 5/2/2011

    " Good writing but depressing story, if I remember correctly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 4/27/2011

    " This tale of the mundane, yet profound, tragedy of EDL is even better the second time around. Powerful stuff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 4/26/2011

    " This book made me hate literary analysis, or at least the way it was taught in high school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashe | 4/25/2011

    " I did not care much for her writing, it was hard for me to really get into this story. It's only saving grace was my sympathy for Ethan although I am not sure he deserves it. "

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About the Author
Author Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was born in New York and is best known for her stories of life among the upper-class society into which she was born. She was educated privately at home and in Europe. In 1894 she began writing fiction, and her novel The House of Mirth established her as a leading writer. Her novels The Age of Innocence and Old New York were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She was the first woman to receive that honor. In 1929 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.