Ethan Frome

  • by Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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

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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- Tina "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."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books