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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Jacqueline Kinlow Publisher: Commuter's Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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These brilliant stories deal with love and life in Louisiana during the Civil War through the turn of the century. The Cajun and French-Creole traditions make a rich backdrop for these deeply human tales. In Disirie's Baby a young plantation owner marries and has a child with features of the slave race; in A Lady of Bayou St. John a young woman becomes a devoted wife after her husband is killed; in The Story of an Hour a woman is surprised by her feelings at the news of her husband's death. Other stories include Love on the Bon-Dieu, The Unexpected, Fedora, The Godmother, and At the 'Cadian Ball. After more than a half century of neglect, Kate Chopin's writings have at last regained the attention of readers, writers, and critics. These stories, some of her best, demonstrate her special insight and understanding of irony. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanine Halada | 1/3/2014

    " I love the twist of this short story--and such a true portrayal of what life must have been like for women. Nice job, Kate Chopin--and a voice extremely ahead of her time:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Briana Payne | 1/1/2014

    " I love Chopin storys. Although she only write short story, the story line, symbolism, and other use of literary devises, are used much more cleverly than most novels. I loved this story and personally think it is one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Ah | 12/29/2013

    " I can read this story a million times and still feel the injustice. It's one of my faves "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/27/2013

    " This is a great short story that can be found in most Kate Chopin collections - usually along with the Awakening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lunalovegood | 12/25/2013

    " Awesome. The last paragraph is bomb! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lux | 11/26/2013

    " Chopin is so obliviously racist. For the sake of feminism, I wish she'd never been rediscovered by rich white women in the 60's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 11/13/2013

    " A powerful short story about racism and sexism. This story can often be found online, or in collections of Kate Chopin stories such as The Awakening and Selected Stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bloody Bones | 3/12/2013

    " Read this short story in english litterature earlier in the year. It was very good, and the twist unpredictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/11/2013

    " Phenomenal story - this says audiocassette, but I read the short story... great ironic ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/28/2012

    " I actually wrote a college paper on this story comparing the evolution of the plot to slavery and gender roles among African Americans and Women of the time period versus today's standards. The piece was very well written and thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Debruyne | 2/29/2012

    " It's been more than 5 years since I read this story, only once, in english class, and I still remember the final part, word by word. I'm so happy I found the copy back so I can read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amordahl | 1/25/2012

    " At first, I was very bored with the story and looking forward to the end, but once I got to it, the ending hit me like a train and it literally left me with my mouth agape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Edwards | 4/13/2011

    " Loved this short story with its shocking twist at the end. I enjoy Kate Chopin's portrayal of the South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 2/7/2011

    " A short story that I read in installments from Daily Lit and a good short story along similar themes to such books as Gone with the Wind and The Help. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/14/2010

    " The short story format has always been my favorite...this one did not disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Van gorp | 9/22/2010

    " The story is definitely by Chopin. A female that struggles with identity and ends up dead. The ending is really no surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene | 8/26/2010

    " I quite enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/4/2010

    " This story was absolutely heart-wrenching...especially the ending! We read it out loud in class and all of our jaws literally dropped at the end and a collective gasp went around the room. I need to get my hands on this and read it again; I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lux | 4/4/2010

    " Chopin is so obliviously racist. For the sake of feminism, I wish she'd never been rediscovered by rich white women in the 60's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/31/2009

    " This story was absolutely heart-wrenching...especially the ending! We read it out loud in class and all of our jaws literally dropped at the end and a collective gasp went around the room. I need to get my hands on this and read it again; I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 8/22/2008

    " This is a great short story that can be found in most Kate Chopin collections - usually along with the Awakening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/21/2008

    " Phenomenal story - this says audiocassette, but I read the short story... great ironic ending. "

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About the Author
Author Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin (1851–1904) was born in St. Louis. After marrying, she moved to Louisiana, where she raised six children. Chopin earned acclaim for her finely crafted short stories about the Creole and Cajun people of Louisiana. But her novel, The Awakening, was condemned for its controversial themes, which foreshadowed later feminist literature.