The Awakening

  • by Kate Chopin
  • Narrated by Jane Leclercq
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. The Awakening is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism.
The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernism; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.

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Leclercq does Chopin proud

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A great feminist perspective on the search for identity.


What did you like best about this story?

Edna's realization that she would be willing to give her life for her children, but not her identity or her existence.


Which character – as performed by Jane Leclercq – was your favorite?

Edna of course!


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The novel makes you think, about how your own life is aligned and if you have your own identity independent of your relationships.


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- lavalleem

A bargain, but at a cost

Frightfully posh accent, which is fine though not really in sync with material, but the reader seems not to understand what she's reading, beyond enjoying the elegant sounds she herself is making; this manifests itself in actually getting the words wrong (e.g. "susceptibility" becomes a magical new word, "suspectibility," which makes no sense either in itself nor in context.) The end result is that it is impossible for the listener to become engaged in the story.
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- NYC Amazon buyer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2012
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media