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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68,717 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Liza Ross Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN:
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This is the moving and powerful story of Edna Pontellier, a beautiful young wife and mother who discovers her true feelings and identity through her love for Robert Lebrun, and in so doing challenges the bourgeois assumptions of her day. First published in 1899 in America, it prompted shock and outrage, but has since come to be recognized as a modern classic. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/15/2014

    " This was the first time I'd reread this book since college, when I spent a good portion of my sophomore year writing an honors thesis on it. I think I loved the language even more now, but found Edna less romantic than I did, and less comprehensible, although I think her dilemma moved me more now than it did. I feel like when I was in college, I tackled the book more from an academic, intellectual standpoint, while this time I just read the story and had a more emotional reaction. Mostly I feel sad: Edna's problem of being willing to sacrifice anything for her children but herself is much less of a issue for many women now than it was 120 years ago. Edna discovers this inner life she never realized she had, and because she can't go back to what she was before, she ultimately can't move forward either, can't reconcile the new Edna with the Edna who had a husband and children. Because of her time and her place in society, Edna can't live alone or be with the man she loves, can't live her life for herself - she would need to sacrifice that for her children's sake. For me as a woman today, I feel obligated to pursue my dreams and loves to be an example for my daughter. It's just interesting to me how, 14 years later, the book resonates for me in such a different way than it did when I first read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 2/14/2014

    " I really liked this book because I understand the message Chopin is trying to give. So the book seemed pretty real to me, including the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 s•u•n•s•h•i•n•e ǤKENZ§» | 2/6/2014

    " A great book, speaking in terms of literary worth, but I was deeply unsatisfied with the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 1/28/2014

    " I just couldn't finish this one. Unbelievably dry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cara | 1/27/2014

    " I had to read this book for my Women's Literature course in college. I really like what Kate Chopin was trying to do and her concepts, but I just didn't care for the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Athena Rhodes | 1/20/2014

    " The experience of reading Chopin's The awakening is similar to taking an refreshing glass of water or standing in a cool breeze, it has this quality to it that upon finishing the novella you feel content and free. The book details the protagonist Edna's metamorphism from bored housewife to robust fiery adulteress, who shakes of the strict stagnate ideals opposed upon women to become a lover, painter, and an individual who lives life instead of watching it drift by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keija | 1/13/2014

    " Exquisite book save for the rushed and disappointing ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Parfitt | 11/7/2013

    " This book was quite good; the descriptions of the gulf of Mexico really give it a sense of place but some of it seemed a bit too vague for me. I thought it lacked pace. It's about a married woman who falls in love with a younger single man. The ending is quite sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurora | 10/12/2013

    " This story actually didn't make much sense to me in high school when I first read it but now as a grown woman it means much more to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dgoll | 9/24/2013

    " Interesting from a literary and social history perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 9/8/2013

    " Some parts were boring, but some I kind of got into. The characters weren't likable at all, except for Madamoiselle Reisz. The ending and the whole THINK OF THE CHILDREN thing still has me reeling and confused. I don't even know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 9/4/2013

    " Ok, but probably would have made more sense if I were a girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lilly | 4/29/2013

    " I understand that it was written in a different time about a different time, but I just didn't like the characters. Nice writing style, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 4/14/2013

    " It was okay, but it dates itself and does not hold up well. Worth reading, but don't expect a five-star masterpiece. If you're taking a lit class and looking to explore secular ideas of infidelity across time, read this book. It's okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/6/2013

    " One of my all time favorite classics. This was my third read of this novel and it never gets stale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 1/10/2013

    " AP English book assignment. Can see it as a good discussion book, but did not enjoy it that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.j. | 12/31/2012

    " One of my favorite classics. Great piece of literature that has interesting symbolism and themes throughout the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 4/22/2012

    " Another Quick Click audio book for the summer. The ending is unsettling, but not unexpected. An interesting balance to Dracula, where the female character is praised, condescendingly, for her intelligence and wisdom. I understand why it is regularly part of high school reading lists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 4/6/2012

    " Surprise ending! Wasn't expecting it. Overall the character development was very interesting and I loved how the story unfolded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Fletcher | 12/11/2011

    " I loved this book. Mostly for the setting, the lush descriptions, and the time period. Not everyone loves a heavy exposition novel, such as this, but I sure do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassidy Louise | 6/4/2011

    " Actually one of my favorite books I had to read for school, even though my teacher was feeding me "symbols" that I don't really believe.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaworu | 5/23/2011

    " Dry and painful to read. The Awakening, a droll recounting of personal mistakes, will surely put anyone to sleep who attempts to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 5/21/2011

    " Read this for American Realism and Naturalism. Slightly frustrating story in several aspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 5/18/2011

    " Should've "woken up" a bit earlier. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chrissy | 5/16/2011

    " I probably need to re-read this as an adult as I read it as a teenager and I just recall that it felt pointless and the ending infuriated me as I felt the main character was "coping out." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 5/15/2011

    " I liked this book when it was assigned in high school, and I actually got really into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryn | 5/13/2011

    " I read this book in high school, and I fell in love with it. It's a difficult and sad story but it really resonated with me. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 5/9/2011

    " History says this book is important because it's one of the earliest feminist novels in literature. I say it's one of the most depressing books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart | 5/4/2011

    " I read this book way back, 1975 I think. For my Women's Lit class, and the book has stayed with me all these years. A product of it's time, I associate it with Ibsen's "A Dolls House". The fate of the protagonist is a sad one, but for the time...I do suggest you read it for yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/3/2011

    " my favorite novel of all time. perfect daydream of a woman and love "

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Author Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin (1851–1901) was born Katherine O’Flaherty in St. Louis in 1851. She was a popular social belle, admired for her wit and beauty. In 1871 she married Oscar Chopin and lived in Louisiana until his sudden death in 1882. Chopin began writing about the Creole and Cajun people in the South, gaining acclaim for her finely crafted short stories. Upon publication in 1899, her now-classic novel The Awakening was widely condemned for its controversial themes, and Chopin was devastated by its harsh critical reception. She died in 1904, denied in her lifetime the recognition she desperately wanted and richly deserved.