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THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin - FULL AudioBook | V2 - The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on 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 American South. It 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, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism. (Summary adapted from


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Edna Pontellier – a respectable Presbyterian from Kentucky, living in Creole society in Louisiana. She rebels against society's expectations and discovers an identity independent from her role as a wife and mother.

Léonce Pontellier – Edna's husband, a successful businessman who is unaware of his wife’s unhappiness.

Mademoiselle Reisz – Her character symbolizes what Edna could have been if she had grown old and independent from her family. Despite viewing Reisz as disagreeable, Edna sees her as an inspiration to her own "awakening".

Madame Adèle Ratignolle – Edna's friend, who represents the perfect nineteenth-century woman, as she is totally devoted to her husband and children.

Alcée Arobin – known for seducing married women and pursues a short-lived affair with Edna, satisfying her whilst her husband is away.

Robert Lebrun – has a history of charming women he cannot have but finds something different with Edna and falls in love. Robert's flirting with Edna catalyzes her "awakening," and she sees in him what has been missing in her marriage.


Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (February 8, 1850 — August 22, 1904), was an American author of short stories and novels. She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century.

From 1892 to 1895, she wrote short stories for both children and adults which were published in such magazines as Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The Century Magazine, and The Youth's Companion. Her major works were two short story collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897). Her important short stories included "Desiree's Baby," a tale of miscegenation in antebellum Louisiana (published in 1893), "The Story of an Hour" (1894), and "The Storm"(1898). "The Storm" is a sequel to "The 'Cadian Ball," which appeared in her first collection of short stories, Bayou Folk. Chopin also wrote two novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899), which are set in New Orleans and Grand Isle, respectively. The people in her stories are usually inhabitants of Louisiana. Many of her works are set in Natchitoches in north central Louisiana.

Within a decade of her death, Chopin was widely recognized as one of the leading writers of her time. In 1915, Fred Lewis Pattee wrote, "some of [Chopin's] work is equal to the best that has been produced in France or even in America. [She displayed] what may be described as a native aptitude for narration amounting almost to genius." (Summary adapted from

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Chapter listing and length:

1 - Part 1 (Chapters 1-5) - 00:28:56
2 - Part 2 (Chapters 6-10) - 00:43:34
3 - Part 3 (Chapters 11-15) - 00:36:53
4 - Part 4 (Chapters 16-20) - 00:38:38
5 - Part 5 (Chapters 21-25) - 00:39:37
6 - Part 6 (Chapters 26-30) - 00:31:53
7 - Part 7 (Chapters 31-35) - 00:30:48
8 - Part 8 (Chapters 36-39) - 00:27:26

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