Ethan Frome (unabridged)

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Edith Wharton

Ethan Frome

Read by Adam Sims


Set deep in the remote countryside of Massachusetts, New England, in a world of small-town prejudice, pettiness and rural poverty, the story of Ethan Frome explores the crippling marriage of a young man to an older woman and his love for her vibrant young cousin, Mattie, who lives as a dependent in the Frome household. His feelings lead to a day of explosive emotions with tragic consequences. Published in 1911, two years before Wharton divorced her husband, the novel integrates the raw experiences of the author’s own life to create a powerful tale of the tragic destruction of innocent love, in a stark, compressed and unified form. Over time, the book has gained the reputation of being Edith Wharton’s best work.

  • Running Time: 3 h 32 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-203-7
    Cat. no.:NA0421
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Thomas Goose
    Released:July 2020
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This slim Wharton novel is often overlooked – likely because it lacks the author’s celebrated Old New York setting and intrigue – but this performance of the classic may earn it a second visit. Adam Sims delivers an excellent narration, capturing Frome’s distinct New England demeanor and secondary characters’ voices with equal attention to detail. The story of doomed lovers transcends despair to capture the imagination, thanks to Sims’s energetic and appealing deep voice. What might be dismissed on the printed page as dreary comes to life. Listeners will empathize with Frome’s plight and vividly picture themselves enduring the cold Massachusetts winter. If your English class of years gone by formed your opinion of this novel, try it again with this audiobook.

L.B.F., AudioFile

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