The Awakening

Kate Chopin (1850 - 1904)

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)

Genre(s): Erotica, Romance

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapters I-V Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Play 02 Chapters VI-X Anita Roy Dobbs
Play 03 Chapters XI-XV Michelle Crandall
Play 04 Chapters XVI-XX Caroline Mercier
Play 05 Chapters XXI-XXV Sandra in Wales, United Kingdom
Play 06 Chapters XXVI-XXX Kymm Zuckert
Play 07 Chapters XXXI-XXXV Kristen McQuillin
Play 08 Chapters XXXVI-XXXIX Gesine