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Download Ethan Frome (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Rick Adamson Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Life is always hard for the poor, in any place and at any time. Ethan Frome is a farmer in Massachusetts. He works long hours every day, but his farm makes very little money. His wife, Zeena, is a thin, grey woman, always complaining, and only interested in her own ill health. Then Mattie Silver, a young cousin, comes to live with the Fromes, to help Zeena and do the housework. Her bright smile and laughing voice bring light and hope into the Fromes' house - and into Ethan's lonely life. But poverty is a prison from which few people escape....

An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Edith Wharton original by Susan Kingsley.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paulette | 2/15/2014

    " 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 Rebecca Edmonds | 2/8/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite novels, a true case of star crossed lovers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis Powers | 1/23/2014

    " Awesome. Ending just. . . Whoah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Note | 1/16/2014

    " Hated this book in high school. Loved it when I reread it on a summer vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacob | 1/11/2014

    " A quick and nice read. It isn't called a tragedy for no reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 12/22/2013

    " I read this so long ago, I don't remember much about it except for being swept away in the emotional atmosphere of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/6/2013

    " Perfect short story to read in an afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yve Chairez | 10/4/2013

    " Can't decide if I liked the ending or not, but it doesn't matter. This book was incredible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Jenkins | 5/15/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Doherty | 5/7/2013

    " Ethan is a dick and I hate him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/21/2012

    " This was a quick read and a tragic love story. The basic premise is a very simple telling of the lesson "You've made your bed, now lie in it." I liked the characters very much and the way the story unfolded. The ending felt a little abrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 9/25/2012

    " Bleak, but decent enough as American classics go. One of the darkest I've read. I think this book is best left to high school freshman who need a lesson on symbolism and the form of storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nireorly | 9/8/2012

    " 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 Tammy M. | 5/23/2012

    " Sad. But glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Bingham | 5/11/2012

    " So dark, but so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/25/2012

    " creepy and haunting. EVERY time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 3/6/2012

    " 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 Jeff Kessler | 2/12/2012

    " Just like every other book in this genre, there's some sexual tension between two related women and Ethan Frome. Not good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/26/2012

    " 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 Bradley Voyles | 9/27/2011

    " Read for school 25 years ago. Bad!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabelle | 8/2/2011

    " Love the beautiful style, love the study of the characters.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marysue | 6/8/2011

    " This book makes me sad every time I read it, I read it with my senior English class in high school and read it again every few years. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 "

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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

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.