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Editorial Reviews

Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome is an elegiac and intensely affecting story about love, responsibility, and the tragic consequences that ensue when they find themselves at odds. It tells the story of the titular Ethan Frome, a man torn between his ill and ill-natured wife and her bright young cousin, with whom he shares a kinship rarely and deeply felt.
Actor Irene Worth performs this gripping audiobook, her voice equal parts tremulous and stern, a perfect fit for straight-laced principles of Frome’s old-fashioned world, which find themselves strained to breaking in the course of the novel. Worth has a keen sense for the ebb and flow of this work, and handles its escalating intensity with aplomb.
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Publisher's Summary

Ethan Frome is a lonely farmer trying to make a living while also tending to his frigid, demanding and ungrateful wife Zeena. Hope enters Ethan's life of despair when his wife's cousin Mattie arrives to help. His life is transformed as he falls in love Mattie but their fate is doomed by the oppressive principles of that era.
©2009 Public Domain; (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC
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By Kay on 03-19-12

Listening made it fun!

If you could sum up Ethan Frome in three words, what would they be?

Old Testament, Sad

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

The sled ride.

What does Irene Worth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Loved the sound of her pronouncing those difficult words. They made sense when she narrated the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, but could have

Any additional comments?

Found a fun way to enjoy the classics without wading through those difficult words we don't use anymore or have different meanings in our times

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