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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Nathan Osgood Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Nathan Osgood.

He seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface.

Ethan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult, suspicious, and hypochondriac wife, Zeena. But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their household as a hired girl, Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to represent. In one of American fiction's finest and most intense narratives, Edith Wharton moves this ill-starred trio towards their tragic destinies. Part of a series of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives. Affordable, collectable, quality productions - perfect for on-the-go listening.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Boza | 2/13/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Bingham | 2/13/2014

    " So dark, but so good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat Curry | 1/29/2014

    " I thought that it would've been better had I not had to read and analyze it for my Accelerated English 4 class. It was a good premise and the story was very well written and I love the fact that there was a neat twist at the end. I didn't feel that the main focus of my classes analysis consisted of the minute details and focused almost solely on the "narrator" that appeared only twice in the book, for a small amount of pagetime "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Jiang | 1/25/2014

    " This book was interesting. Interesting in a way that made me cringe and smile at the same time. It most definitely shocked me, because I was not expecting such an abrupt and intriguing plot. Let's just say that the plot of the book was quite different than what I am used to. Love affairs, suicide, romance, secrets, hate, and more are all elements twisted up and condensed inside this short but efficient novel. The use of flashbacks by the narrator and change in perspective was great fun to read and not confusing at all. This book was written in older style English, I presume, which added to the authenticity of the time period and added to the mood, in a way, as well. Overall, I liked this book, even though the plot was... strange. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nireorly | 1/25/2014

    " This is another book I read at quite a young age, and I remember being wholly affected by the noir feel of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 1/20/2014

    " A classic that I have wanted to read for a while. It was a very good book. I plan to read a bit of Edith Wharton. It was a lot about when things go bad, they go very bad. Great descriptions of New England and a hard to make a living life in the 1800's. This is a love story with an unhappy ending, but it is great writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/18/2014

    " A tragic tale set against the backdrop of a stony, bleak New England winter landscape. Call me twisted, but the ending made the whole book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oldgaol | 1/9/2014

    " A beautiful very touching story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/31/2013

    " Well written, actually was one that drew you in and you wanted to know what happened next (sometimes not the case with "classics"). Wish it could have ended differently. I'm not sure why the author decided on the ending chosen, unlike the ending in Madam Bovary or Anna Karenina. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred Fenimore | 12/19/2013

    " Excellent proto-goth without the music.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Bruen | 11/24/2013

    " I thought I saw what was coming - I was wrong! And I loved the whole exquisitely painful ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mamylon | 11/24/2013

    " The last twenty pages or so, for real "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Zockoll | 9/24/2013

    " a simple review: the scenery and build of characters and conversation is intriguing, though not extraordinary. the ending is awful, unrealistic, and unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 7/3/2013

    " 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 Amy Wolf | 6/29/2013

    " You can almost feel the cold & isolation in this stark Wharton novel. Very memorable, and check out the film with Liam Neeson - superb! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Basia | 6/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this but it was definitely depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 5/28/2013

    " The book everyone loves to hate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany Whinnem | 5/26/2013

    " Second reading was much better than the one from my sophomore year. Easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Mccord | 5/13/2013

    " I loved this book! I thought the author beautifully described a dreary situation. I couldn't put it down! It's a really quick read and I got through it in a night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 12/15/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/8/2012

    " I could read this book 500 times and still get some new pleasure out of it. For such a small book, it is a rather expansive story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhya Moffitt | 11/5/2012

    " I've never been happier with an ending in a book. Yes, it wasn't the most uplifting, but justice was definitely served to each person. "

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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

Nathan Osgood is voice artist, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, and an actor who has appeared in such films as Mission: Impossible, Sahara, and Red Lights.