The Awakening (version 2)

Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.4 stars; 141 reviews)

Kate Chopin's 1899 novella The Awakening is about the personal, sexual, and artistic awakening of a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier. While on vacation at Grand Isle, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, Edna befriends the talented pianist Mlle. Reisz and the sympathetic Robert Lebrun, both of whom will influence her startling life choices. Chopin's novel created a scandal upon its original publication and effectively destroyed her writing career. Now, however, it is considered one of the finest American novels of the 19th century. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

(4 hr 37 min)


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


Well read, mixed feelings about the book itself

(3 stars)

The themes of the book did not appeal to me personally, it had a lot of restlessness and hopelessness and little guidance on how one might find happiness. The main character seemed like a leaf in the wind of her capricious desires but I can sympathize with her feeling of being trapped by duty and routine.

A good story to remind us not to concentrate too much on our own

(4 stars)

I listened to this because EK is one of the best readers on LV. The story is predictable. A wife taken for granted. A husband who worries what everyone will think. The other man. Never a good outcome.

The Awakening review

(2 stars)

I like how the lady read. It is quite fast but you get done with the book so much quicker. The book is kind of boring though. The concept of the story is good but the actual book kind of sucks.

Very Good

(5 stars)

Not only is the story interesting, provocative, and enlightening, but the recording gives you the sense of the dazed and exuberant epiphany of life having just been realized.


(5 stars)

Good that some women had the grit to write and publish such stories! The quality of the recording and the voice are perfect. Thank you!


(5 stars)

Sometimes I find it difficult to give great ratings too tragedies but in all fairness it was acutely and fatally exquisite. My heart hurts.

Liked the reading, not so much the book

(5 stars)

As always, I love Elizabeth Klett's reading but I did not much care for this story.


(5 stars)

Well written and narrated. A very good story, with an unfortunate conclusion. Highly recommend.