Extended Audio Sample

Download Ethan Frome Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Ethan Frome Audiobook, by Edith Wharton Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (43,376 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781400178520
Regular Price: $11.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $11.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer, is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena. His ambition and intelligence are oppressed by Zeena’s cold, conniving character. When Zeena’s young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie’s warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage. Tragically, their love is doomed by Zeena’s ever-lurking presence and by the social conventions of the day. Ethan remains torn between his sense of obligation and his urge to satisfy his heart’s desire up to the suspenseful and unanticipated conclusion. 

Perhaps reflective of Wharton’s own loveless marriage, this sophisticated, star-crossed love story vividly depicts her abhorrence of society’s relentless standards of loyalty. Ethan Frome is one of Wharton’s most popular and best-known works.

Download and start listening now!

bdxm

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jorma | 2/20/2014

    " Two young people fall in love - though un impossible one; there is poverty and snow covered fields all around adding to the cold and impossibilities... there is a moment when the nature seems to scream loudly what the two characters are feeling at that very point in time, when the desperation of parting from one another is unsurmountable, the loneliness they both felt at the thought of it... Wharton writes as she is setting the scene to have Frome send off to the train the beautiful and sweet young Mattie Silver, thus seeing her for the last time: "...and the sky as it paled, rose higher, leaving the earth more alone." "

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

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leon Tye | 2/14/2014

    " I have read this book four times, and probably will read it again. Need I say more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camzcam | 2/12/2014

    " This is not at all what I expected after earlier exposure to House of Mirth and Age of Innocence. There are no vapid socialites or decadent lifestyles to be seen or subtly mocked. Essentially this novella is a morality tale with a twist...not quite Thomas Hardy, but on that same spectrum. It is eerie and absorbing and makes me wonder what kind of lonely and twisted life Wharton must have lived to develop an imagination peopled with the likes of Ethan Frome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/21/2014

    " Poor Ethan Frome, wow what a tragic story. I am sad now... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean W. | 1/21/2014

    " Bland, dull romantic tale about a man cheating on his sickly wife with their mistress. It's such an uneventful and overly detailed novella that if one manages to get through the entire 80 pages (doesn't sound like much? Try reading it), he or she will have their eyes bleeding. Novellas are written to be read in one sitting. This took me four sittings, not counting the dozens of times I had to re-read to understand what on Earth was going on. (And I'm still flummoxed.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/14/2014

    " Ethan's story is told, of his wife and the woman who comes to help out, whom he falls in love with "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya D | 1/11/2014

    " I read this again for book club and I would say that I appreciated it more than I liked it. I appreciated the beautiful language and crafted storytelling, but it didn't make a big emotional impact on me and I haven't given it much thought since. It's a classic for sure. But for Edith Wharton, I'd rather read The Age of Innocence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/1/2014

    " 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 P.M. | 12/31/2013

    " Amazing ending. No wonder this book has stood the test of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graciela | 12/24/2013

    " Edith Wharton is one of my favorite writers. Ethan Frome is about impossible love and power. Her prose reads like poetry, sad, very sad poetry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kellie | 12/23/2013

    " Sigh...another "classic" of a man married to an sick woman who (man) falls in love with wife's cousin...didn't finish this either on the recommendation of my sister who said it was totally lame (laughing.....) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauretta | 12/16/2013

    " I listened to the audiobook "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis Powers | 12/4/2013

    " Awesome. Ending just. . . Whoah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathleen | 11/28/2013

    " Loved it, just completely different than most of her other stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Chason | 11/26/2013

    " First read this in tenth grade English--and several times over the last 20 years. It still makes me hold my breath! Neat to know my favorite author, Anita Shreve, was inspired by Wharton. If you haven't, pick up a copy of this classic!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aylin | 11/24/2013

    " I don't think I'll be forgetting this book anytime soon- or ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 fersher | 11/21/2013

    " A fantastic book with a surprise ending. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Sikorski | 11/14/2013

    " This book will linger for a long time, if you enjoy misery and such sadness in a whole story of people this is for you. Make no mistake this is a great read and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kmkoppy | 11/7/2013

    " 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 Wendy | 7/29/2013

    " I loved this book! Because it is so short, I read it very slowly and really savored it. My heart broke as the story reached its conclusion and I can't wait to talk about it at book club! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cécilia L. | 6/7/2013

    " Had to read for class. Eh, it wasn't bad but I'll just wait to see if my teacher can make me understand its worth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 5/8/2013

    " Seriously?? I couldn't tell if I loved or hated this book. I'm not one who generally needs a happy ending to enjoy and appreciate a good book. But this almost tested my limits on that one. Other then that, I thought it was beautifully written and I loved the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yve Chairez | 1/14/2013

    " 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 Miranda Stratton | 1/2/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oana | 10/6/2012

    " This story reminded me of "Wuthering Heights" - maybe because of the similar beginning, maybe because of the atmosphere. I liked it, although it made me sad, sad, too sad for October! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/7/2012

    " Pretty much a downer of a book, but it's really well written. I read it because the library had it on display, and I tend to gravitate to the display table. It's a quick read so I didn't have to commit much time to the task. If you are looking for a pick-me-up with a happy ending, this is not it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica Reyes | 9/3/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Momxs4 | 7/29/2011

    " Another book I was forced to read in high school and hated. "

  • 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 "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/14/2011

    " I loved the Ethan From portion. Someday I'll pick this up again and finish the other short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 3/22/2011

    " The fact that Edith Wharton was unhappily married certainly comes through in this and other stories. Written with subtlety, its bleak imagery painting an outward portrait of the inner suffering of her characters. It's like the New England version of Sartre's "No Exit." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emmie | 11/15/2010

    " Fifteenth book of the school year. This was quite possibly the most depressing thing I've had to read in a really, really long time. That's about it. I really do wish I had something a bit more cheery to say about it, but one might notice when reading Ethan Frome that...it's not cheery. At all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 9/26/2010

    " loved all but one of the stories in this collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 8/22/2010

    " Ethan Frome is probably the most depressing of her stories, although that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. Sad but memorable.

    The short stories that accompany the Frome novella range from OK to hysterical (Xingu being the best - one of the best things I've ever read of Wharton's). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 8/4/2010

    " Book Club required reading. I'm glad I did! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 7/2/2010

    " I like Edith Wharton's works, but I think my enjoyment of this suffered some from over-analyzing from the English class I read this in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noahmay | 6/3/2010

    " Great romance. The middle is sort of boring though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/27/2010

    " I had to read this book for my English class, and I was surprised at how interesting and sad it sometimes got. Definitely a good and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 1/14/2010

    " Ethan Frome is my favorite Wharton novel and it us very different from her New York social life novels like The Age of Innocence. There were three or four additional short stories in the book that were not very strong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/3/2009

    " I appreciated the writing, but wow, almost every thing in there was super depressing. (Ethan Frome being the piece that put the most fun in dysfunctional.) I think I need some Wodehouse. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.