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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Sad but Wonderful

I gave it five stars because Wharton is a fabulous writer, but the story is about as grim as one could be. If you are interested in this book it's probably for a class or a book club. I picked this edition of the many available because of the price but I was not disappointed.

Killavey reads in a careful almost plodding manner on the narrative parts but really makes the dialogue come alive. I thought his style of reading fit the narrative quite well, but it might seem too slow for some listeners.

I would never choose this book unless, as it happened, it was a book club selection, but I found it very engaging. I enjoyed it even though the author reveals in the beginning that the ending won't be a happy one. It seems an accurate picture of the hard life on a New England farm back in day, told through the eyes of an engineer from the modern world visiting the area to work on a project about twenty years after the main part of the story.
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- Sarah

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

Book Details

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