Ethan Frome

  • by Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by Jim Killavey
  • 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ethan Frome is a 1911 novel by Edith Wharton, set in turn-of-the-century New England, in the fictitious town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. It is the story of a poor farmer, lonely and downtrodden, his wife Zeena, and their pretty and vivacious cousin, Mattie Silver. This is a short but powerful and engrossing drama, and although it is the least characteristic of the author's novels, it has become her most celebrated book.

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Great writing...so sad

This is such an well written book. Characters were so helpless.... and realistic for the times. In spite of the sad circumstances I had to finish listening.
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- Ellen

Not sure why this is considered Wharton's best...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story, as is true of many of Wharton's novels and short stories, is well written. EF represents a departure from the author's typical focus on the weathy of New York during the late 1800s. I like the way Wharton captures the feel of New England; I could easily picture the harsh climate, Starkfield, as well as the charcters. The story however, is a bit predictable and lacks the complexiety compared to other works such as House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not surprised.


Which character – as performed by Jim Killavey – was your favorite?

Frome's wife, Zeena


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. It lacks sufficient complexity.


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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2008
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings