The Awakening

Written by:
Kate Chopin
Narrated by:
LibriVox Volunteers

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
5 hours 15 minutes
Owing to its highly personal content focused on feminine sexuality, this LibriVox edition was recorded by eight female readers.

The Modern Library edition of The Awakening has an introduction by Kay Gibbons, who writes: "The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel." - As Kay Gibbons points out, Chopin "was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it."

To give you an idea of the subject matter, Project Gutenburg catalogues The Awakening under "Adultery -- Fiction -- Women -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Social conditions. (Summary by Denny Sayers)
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Jo Anne B.

It’s a good read.

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Connie Taylor

Very unusual story. Narration was interesting because it was assorted readers.

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Avery S.

Horrible and stupid

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Brian Houle

It wasn't as captivating as i thought it might be.

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Stephanie G.

I couldn't stay with this book. slow, boring, didn't like changing narrators. wish I could delete it.

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I quit listening due to boredom.

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Sofia I B.

It's not my type of reading, I will search from your collection.

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Grady B

The cover suggested a more erotic story. It was rather dull.

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Rachael L.

There were some empowering moments, but there were also word choices of the time that could definitely make you uncomfortable. The story is less dry and easier to follow than other literature from the period. Overall I enjoyed the work. The quality of the narration varied greatly between the 8 different narrators. nobody was spectacular and nobody God awful though.

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Angela L.

I loved the story

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Julie B

Very good reading! I understood it better in this reading than I did when my class read it in high school

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