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3.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 53.36 out of 5 3.36 (106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: C. M. Hébert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455173419
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Like its name suggests, the small New England village of Starkfield emits a sense of foreboding as the novel, "Ethan Frome," unfolds. The audiobook's isolated, gray and dreary setting aptly mirrors the lives of its three main characters.

The narrator starts out describing a somewhat mysterious man named Ethan Frome, about whom many townspeople have questions, but whose answers are known by few.

The narrator, quite by accident, ends up spending the night in the Frome household after a blizzard forces him to find shelter for the night.

The book flashes back to twenty years ago, when the young Ethan is married to Zeena, a shrewish hypochondriac who brings little joy into the house where they live. Zeena's cousin, Mattie, has come to stay with them. Over the course of time, Mattie's sunny disposition brings more joy and light into the house, as well as into Ethan's life. Circumstances throw Mattie and Ethan together that drive a further wedge between Ethan and his wife, although the relationship between Mattie and Ethan remains as innocent as it could be, given the natural attraction that develops between them.

Both fight against the powerful feelings they have for each other, but Nature and circumstances often find their way, and things happen. In Mattie's and Ethan's case, the impossibility of the situation catches up with them in ways the listener could not imagine.

Thus, the story unravels for both the narrator in the novel and the listener to the "Ethan Frome" audiobook."

It is easy to see why high school teachers and college professors continue to assign this jewel of a novel that has become a classic of American literature, as well as a mirror into human nature, love and marital devotion.

Edith Wharton remains one of the major women writers in American literary history. She was born in 1862 and died in 1937. She wrote more than 40 works, including novels, short stories, poems and non-fiction prose.

She was born into the upper class in New England and lived a life not unlike those found in novels such as "The Great Gatsby." Her insights into not only the ways of the wealthy but into people from all walks of life gave her rich subject matter for her novels.

Her novel, "The Age of Innocence," won a Pulitzer Prize in 1920. She became the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Yale University.

Often regarded as Edith Wharton’s finest achievement, Ethan Frome contrasts sharply with her usual ironic contemplation of fashionable New York society. Set in the bleak winter landscape of New England farmlands, this keenly-etched portrait of the simple inhabitants of a nineteenth-century village is a masterpiece of literary realism.

Ethan is a patient, rough-hewn man tormented by a passionate love for his sickly wife’s young cousin, Mattie, who has come to offer her domestic services. Restricted by the bonds of marriage—however loveless it may be—and the fear of public condemnation, Ethan’s desperate quest for happiness leads ultimately to pain and despair.

Ethan’s story, with its tragic implications of what might have been, has held irresistible fascination for readers for over a century. The tale of a decent man’s fall brought on by his finest feelings is a haunting study of the human conflict between desire and duty.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling and haunting story.”

    New York Times

  • “Wharton’s characters leap out from the pages and…become very real. You know their hearts, souls and yearnings, and the price they pay for those yearnings.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  •  “As moral as the classic fairy tale.”

    Elizabeth Ammons is professor of English and American studies at Tufts University

  • “An innovative insight into incompatability, and as such something of a breakthrough. Edith Wharton was in many ways ahead of her time.…In Ethan Frome she made her mark as an atypical and uncompromising psychologist. It is in many ways her most fearless novel.”

    Telegraph (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laneigh Pfalser | 2/18/2014

    " This was the absolute worst book I have ever read in my entire life. Had to read it in 9th grade for English and it was HORRIBLE. The whole book is absurd and was supposed to be about existentialism, this author has NO IDEA what that means.It was ridiculous that someone EVER thought this should be printed and even more insane that it was put on the classics list. I could literally rant about this for weeks. I hated it that much. Still do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Mize | 2/17/2014

    " Edith Wharton has such an efficient use of words in her writing. Ethan Frome is such a heart breaking story with an unexpected twist. Wharton's writing is beautiful. This is a short book, but a very engrossing story. In the end your heart breaks for Ethan Frome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grete | 2/14/2014

    " Sometimes sparklingly longing but most often bitterly gray. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charly | 2/9/2014

    " Eh, Edith needs to stick to her specialities. More ballgowns! More mustachioed opera-box-owning adulterers! More trips to Paris! Dull, bleak, short, ridiculous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benefitsingers | 2/8/2014

    " Ok I listened to this on audio but what a depressing story. It was very good though. If you want a book with a happy ending, then this is not for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kmkoppy | 2/8/2014

    " Memorable book. Very different from her others. Great ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Gibson | 2/6/2014

    " I love this book. I've had to read it about once a year ever since my junior year in college. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 2/5/2014

    " I make no excuses for my hatred of this book. I don't know why I actively dislike it so much. It's a combination of unrelatable characters and a teacher who praised this book as the most influential piece of literature since the Bible. In any case, I have tried reading this book on several occasions, and every time I put it down again, it's with the same sense of dislike and vague anger at the author for making me read a story then ends up culminating in a sled suicide attempt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phoebe | 2/4/2014

    " The most hopeless and helpless character of all time. Great writing? Depressed author? We feel him and identify with him. Good writing I think. I hate that symbolism teaching made me hate this book for many years "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 2/1/2014

    " Super quick read that had me pulled in from the start, with an ending that left me wanting desperately to talk to others about their thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 1/31/2014

    " Another Wharton doomed love story, but clunkier and less plausible, hence much less affecting than THE AGE OF INNOCENCE. Zeenie is too much the villain, and the tragic climax is anything but inevitable. Still, good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Wilson | 1/30/2014

    " Spectacular read, better than I thought it would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Marie | 1/28/2014

    " Brilliantly written, extrememly memorable, and grueling to read. I can't remember the last time I read a book where I sincerely hoped the main characters had died instead. Good times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/26/2014

    " Good story of a man bound to misery by convention and circumstance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Karns | 1/20/2014

    " This story reminded me of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but MUCH shorter. There is something about that tragic love story that gets me, everytime! An enjoyable read with an interesting ending...strangely satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sketchbook | 1/20/2014

    " The Edith Wharton house (the Mount) in Lenox, MA, is worth a visit for admirers of Wharton and houseguest Henry James. The frustration of the poor and their trapped lives inspired this wintry classic. She spent ten years in the area and had become familiar with the dialect and attitude of what she calls 'the hill-people' in the half-deserted villages. A few still remain in ghost towns of the 21stC. A sledding accident, similar to the one here, happened on the Old Stockbridge Road in 1904. A bobsled was roaring along at 50 mph when it crashed. Wharton met a scarred survivor (who later worked at the Lenox Library). Her terrain is coated with sexual passion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zofie Vedas | 1/20/2014

    " Not bad, but why would anyone want to read such a miserable book...let alone write it. Now I can say that I've read worse books *cough cough* the Tortilla Curtain (which got a ten out of ten on the misery scale) but at least that had a believable story-line. This was just ridiculous. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sodapop | 1/17/2014

    " This book sucked! I absolutely hated this. The entire primise was so sad and then the last page was horrid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb Wilson | 1/13/2014

    " Small and perfectly formed, like an ice crystal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph Davis | 1/13/2014

    " Edith Wharton is a terrific writer, but "Ethan Frome" is a bit dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Irby | 1/9/2014

    " I was sick today and, in the midst of copious amounts of water, cough medicine, and warm blankets, I read this book. Seriously, the most beautifully written downer ever. I should just kill myself now and get it over with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/9/2014

    " One of the worst books I was forced to read in High School. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Karns | 1/7/2014

    " This story reminded me of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, but MUCH shorter. There is something about that tragic love story that gets me, everytime! An enjoyable read with an interesting ending...strangely satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Thorson | 12/31/2013

    " Beautifully written. So sad. I'm going to contemplate it for a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 12/29/2013

    " A novel about forbidden love and the tragic consequences of duty and responsibility of marriage. Ethan falls in love with hiw wife's cousin, but financial ruin and fear of public scorn prevent him from obtaining the happiness he seeks. Well-written, but quite short. This is one of those novels that one either loves or hates. I lean toward love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber Thacker | 12/26/2013

    " This honestly goes on my top ten books of all time list! I loved this book. It was so tragic. Such a great story. It will only take you a couple of hours to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Christman | 12/22/2013

    " It was a relatively decent book, however it was hardl to follow at times and thoughts were scattered. Personally, I don't feel that Wharton's writing style is very good or that her vocabulary is appropriate for an adult author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 12/21/2013

    " I liked this story but my students totally hated it. I suppose the slow moving plot line was a bit too much for them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Savage | 12/20/2013

    " Not a cheery book but I wanted to yell out to run Ethan-but would he have listened? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 12/14/2013

    " This is a fairly well written story. While reading it you'll want to remember that the story is a vision of the narrator and, therefore, unreliable. But that's part of what makes it so interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shams | 12/8/2013

    " Oh for God's sake! How I wish I could have put him out of his misery... if Ethan been born with a spine the story would never have been written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Jackson | 12/7/2013

    " A quick, if not depressing read. I did not care terribly for the story, but rather gave it three stars because it was well written and illustrates the far reaching talent of Edith Wharton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Tavaglione | 12/2/2013

    " Ethan Frome is soooooo sad! I need to put this on hold and read something happier for awhile! I will say though, it is a beautiful story and eloquently written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Ayres | 11/29/2013

    " I love this book. It's one of my all time favourites. The intensity, the tragedy, the characters, the landscape - a perfect combination. Haunting and memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ratatouille | 11/29/2013

    " This was my third Wharton book and I loved it. It is only 100 pages long and the perfect read for a winter Sunday when you have nothing else to do. You can easily read it in one day. But beware: it might be a little depressing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessie | 11/26/2013

    " I absolutely hate this book because it has one of WORST endings I have ever read. Spare yourself the pain. Seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/10/2013

    " It was sort of boring, but enjoyable. I guess it was just a bit dry for my tastes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 11/7/2013

    " Heart wrenching love story. It evolked emotions from me all the way through. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollie | 11/7/2013

    " A favorite. Terrific storytelling by Wharton. More than a love story, this is an all out struggling against life, the hand it deals, the choices you make, and the consequences that become your life. So very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/3/2013

    " This is really well written and the reader moves forward with a sense of dread. Beautiful language and imagery - just a little depressing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luis Aguirre | 10/30/2013

    " Definitivamente creo que leer este libro fue perder el tiempo. Es una historia corta, simple y aburrida. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al Martin | 10/26/2013

    " I would give this 1.5 if I could. Don't get what the big deal about it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/3/2013

    " Would not suggest reading this in the winter. Also fun to talk about Ethan and his 'women' with someone, like a lively book club "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgiann | 9/25/2013

    " the beginning was extremely difficult to get into. once I got to chapter two though, I was hooked and amazed at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Chiu | 9/25/2013

    " This book is a tragic romantic drama that I was not really into. I am not really into romantic dramas, but the appalling ending was worth the read. 3/5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 9/16/2013

    " Adulterer-as-victim of circumstances, oppressed/constrained by society and morality. Hardly a must read. No wonder Sparknotes put it on their "Top 5 Books that Ruined Summer" list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaina S | 9/12/2013

    " Very well written and very, VERY depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 9/2/2013

    " Very bold for the time period in which it was written. Edith is an amazing writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camilla | 8/27/2013

    " Seems odd to choose that I "really liked it," because I didn't like the story. I loved the writing and the storytelling, but the story was so very sad. I can't imagine living such a tragic story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda Stratton | 8/17/2013

    " I found Ethan Frome to be very bland. It was gloomy and uneventful and I would not recommend it. The kind of person that would enjoy this book would be one that could pick up on the various symbols and whatever "meaning" the book is intended to have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriel C. | 8/10/2013

    " It's always going to be hard for me to identify with a society where people are this, I don't know, locked into their choices. I'm really glad that he considers his options, but it's hard for me to relate to allowing a moment of weakness to tie you to someone you don't really know for life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulette | 7/24/2013

    " 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 Amber Thacker | 7/17/2013

    " This honestly goes on my top ten books of all time list! I loved this book. It was so tragic. Such a great story. It will only take you a couple of hours to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/29/2013

    " Read this with the book group in work, found it quite claustrophobic, but appreciated it much more after hearing the Radio 4 adaptation as well. Great writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulette | 6/4/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ben Dial | 5/23/2013

    " Booooooooooooooring. It's an absolute tragedy that some high school English teachers force their students to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Boza | 5/13/2013

    " a great read! I didn't know it was so short! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessy | 5/12/2013

    " GREATT language use/writing, but meh plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 5/7/2013

    " One of the most lovely little books I have ever had the chance to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/7/2013

    " Read this with the book group in work, found it quite claustrophobic, but appreciated it much more after hearing the Radio 4 adaptation as well. Great writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 4/26/2013

    " Do they subject kids to this in high school? So dismal. Reread it recently to see if it was as dire as I remembered, and it was. Why didn't we read Age of Innocence instead? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/3/2013

    " Melodramatic, per the time it was written, yet awfully damn sexy, too. Sad, frustrating, and witchy. Read this brief, though hard-packed, book at night in dim light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Jones | 2/5/2013

    " This is the book I've read more times than any other book and I can never pinpoint why I like it so much. It was also the first Edith Wharton book I ever read so that might be part of the reason. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al Martin | 1/19/2013

    " I would give this 1.5 if I could. Don't get what the big deal about it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/8/2013

    " A bummer but you just have to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hendo | 12/26/2012

    " Quick re-read before school. One of my ADV 9 summer reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy M. | 12/9/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 9/20/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 9/19/2012

    " I had to read Ethan Frome for a college class. It's a story that really sticks with the reader. You feel sorry for Ethan, and yet you dislike him, too, for his inability to take decisive action. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sodapop | 8/15/2012

    " This book sucked! I absolutely hated this. The entire primise was so sad and then the last page was horrid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 8/5/2012

    " One of the most lovely little books I have ever had the chance to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Coh | 7/19/2012

    " Spellbindingly written yet heartbreaking. It comes to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mama | 6/24/2012

    " She has become one of my favorite authors because of this story. Keep thinking of all of the "what if's". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mamylon | 3/1/2012

    " The last twenty pages or so, for real "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 2/24/2012

    " The book wasn't that horrible. I've read worse. I remember the pickle dish and the ending being amazing. That and there was sledding, sledding and a picnic. Don't skip the intro because it is VERY important for the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin C. Healy | 2/10/2012

    " This book stayed with me long after high-school, long after a college professor "ruined" it for me. The older I get, the more it holds up for me. It works on so many levels--a literary classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/21/2011

    " So sad! But this totally applies to my boyfriend, the hopeless and indecisive idealist type. If they get trapped into a situation like this -> they'll throw their whole lives away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luis Aguirre | 12/5/2011

    " Definitivamente creo que leer este libro fue perder el tiempo. Es una historia corta, simple y aburrida. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 9/18/2011

    " Tragic story set in New England "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelly | 7/16/2011

    " Next to worst book I've read to date. Stupid people do stupid things is all I have to say... The only book standing between this one and the bottom of my list is Shadow's Edge because of its seriously poor intrigue element. This one at least was written well, the story just wasn't good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rafelle Allego | 6/30/2011

    " Such a depressing read, yet at the same time, so many life issues are touched upon. Well worth the time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 6/26/2011

    " Perfect short story to read in an afternoon. "

  • 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.

About the Narrator

C. M. Hébert is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award nominee. She is the recording studio director for the Talking Books Program at the Library of Congress’ National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, daughter, cat, and assorted fish.