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Ethan Frome | [Edith Wharton]

Ethan Frome

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Audible Editor Reviews

An American tragedy, Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome is a classic story of repressed love and its costs. Frome and his sickly wife live a farmer's life of fortitude and meager, hard-won comforts until Mattie Silver, a spritely young cousin, moves into their tiny cabin. When tension between Frome's wife and Silver crests, Frome's confused feelings force him into a decision of terrible permanence. Feel the punishing New England winter chill in narrator George Guidall's empathetic reading of a story of love flickering against an icy, puritanical landscape.

Publisher's Summary

When young Mattie Silver arrives at her cousin Zeena Frome's farm in the New England village of Starkfield, no one could have imagined the tale of sublime and thwarted passion which ensues. Starkfield, like so many New England village communities, is a place where the emotional terrain resembles the physical: stony, hard, and snow covered much of the year. Ethan Frome - "the most striking figure in Starkfield" - ekes out a bleak living from his ungenerous farm, until Mattie brings love and a dream of escape. The powerful sway of obligation and duty and Ethan's inherent dignity make this novel a great American tragedy.

(P)1993 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art by Karen Henrickson Sothoron, ©1993 by Recorded Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Guidall's clear, well-modulated voice transports the listener to the stark, cold world of a New England winter." (Washington Post)

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    Jodee Trinity, FL, United States 10-21-10
    Jodee Trinity, FL, United States 10-21-10

    Creative Writing Major - Eckerd College Published Author of "Bjorn's Magical Marching Band," lyricist and singer/songwriter.

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    "Excellent narration and story"

    The narration for this story is done very well. It helps the reader differentiate the various characters. I am reading many modern American novels for a class and listened to the book and wrote the paper the same day. It is a wonderful story and was brought to life by the narrator. I highly recommend it!.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 01-20-10
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 01-20-10 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Overall a good story"

    This is a sad tale, you can see the ending coming (somewhat) because of the initial introduction to the book. I think the narrator did such a fine job, it really made this story work.
    This tale is set long ago, before automobiles. All the world is horse drawn carriages. There are no electric lights. Wood stoves heat homes and provide cooking heat. So, in this slower, rural life a man must make a choice. He wants to love and be loved, not be married for the sake of who can care for his family. A sad tale for sure. Had I read a paper version of this book, I think my rating would be a 4. A 4, to me, is something that was pretty good, but it wouldn't be the book I buy to give out as gifts. The narration is what kicked up this rating.

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    "Ethan Frome: An early 20th Century Classic"
    If you could sum up Ethan Frome in three words, what would they be?

    passion, poverty,drama


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ethan Frome?

    Ethan sitting at the fireplace after dinner with Mattie, passionate feelings rising while they are alone in the house for the night.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mattie and Ethan confess their love for each other while walking on the Corbury road in the freezing winter night.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story of raising passion and emotional conflicts leading to self destruction.


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    Andy Hingham, MA, USA 03-05-08
    Andy Hingham, MA, USA 03-05-08
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    "Chapter Increments"

    The chapter increments in this are all off it says there are only 4 chapters total when in reality there are much more.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
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