Ethan Frome


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.5 stars; 201 reviews)

Edith Wharton's 1911 novel Ethan Frome tells the story of a tragic love triangle. Set in the highly symbolic wintry landscape of Starkfield, Massachusetts, the narrative centers on the title character's fraught relationships with his "sickly, cantankerous" wife Zeena and his young, beautiful cousin Mattie Silver. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett) (3 hr 12 min)

Chapters

Chapter 00 25:38 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 01 15:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 02 16:42 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 03 11:20 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 04 22:30 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 05 10:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 06 9:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 07 23:54 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 08 16:24 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 09 39:40 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

Not All Elizabeth's Fault

(3 stars)

I appreciate the reader's clear enunciation, but I always look for a reading that doesn't sound like one. There are no rhythms, no hills and valleys, just a steady ride as though in Ethan's timber-hauling wagon. But even more, I wish that a more intimate, perhaps more mature voice had been chosen and one with a slight New England accent.

Unusual Tale

(5 stars)

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a story quite like this one before. It is truly unique. Basically just a slice of life and how an unusual occurrence affects the lives of a small number of people. Elizabeth does a great job as always with the narration. I recommend giving it a listen.

Fantastic recording

(5 stars)

I've just completed chapter one, and I already feel that Elizabeth Klett's wonderful recording is one of the best I've listened to yet! Such a pleasure to listen to, she has really captured the magic and mystery of the story. I can't wait to hear the rest. Thanks Elizabeth!

a moving story! wondefully read!

(5 stars)

short story but wonderful and worth a read! i think i have seen a movie from this book, but i did not recall it much while reading. a lesson in marrying "just because" and the misery it can cause.

A brilliant story brilliantly read

(5 stars)

This is one of my favourite classics, a fantastic story. I've lived this story from the day I read it - and Klett does not disappoint. It is a joy to hear her read. Thank you!

(5 stars)

Wow, I didn’t see that coming! I do not want to say too much, but this story is now on my favorite list. Such a different time with such a powerful message of what responsibility meant to our great grandparents.

(5 stars)

This is a great book and a great reading of it. I heard in an interview Elizabeth Klett said it was one of her favorites she'd done and I see why. I highly recommend this one!

Elizabeth K. channels Edith!

(4 stars)

I Hate to cry, and this story makes me do, the very thing I despise,,,,,,,Thank you, most sincerely, as I wouldn't ever miss a good "One" for just any "ole' thang",,,,,