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    Matriarch of fine literature Kate Chopin unfailingly delivers psychologically complex characters and stunningly visceral environments. Set in an upper-crust section of Louisiana towards the end of the 19th Century, The Awakening is meant to be performed. Award-winning actress Kim Basinger employs a crystalline tone when narrating this insightful and irony-rich work of fiction. Her voice is nimble enough to allow for dead-on mimicry of characters ranging from parrot to Frenchmen. Protagonist Edna Pontellier struggles to overcome feminine stereotype in a society that is determined to thwart her freedom. Rebelling against her cruel husband, Edna dallies with a young man of rakish character. Basinger’s taut voice enables listeners to hover with Edna between want and denial. Basinger’s cerebral yet poignant performance illuminates this profound novel.

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    Kate Chopin’s novel, a landmark work of early feminism, is seen as a precursor to the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. The upper-class Creole society of New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century is brought to audio in a stirring performance by Academy Award-winning actress Kim Basinger.

    Edna Pontellier, vacationing for the summer with her family on Grand Isle, has a great desire to find and live fully within her true self. However, her struggle to reconcile her unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South brings the story to a tragic conclusion. The Awakening’s blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity is the first in a tradition that would culminate in the modern masterpieces of Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and Tennessee Williams.

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    "If 'The Feminine Mystique' heralded the second wave of literary feminism, Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel, The Awakening, was a landmark of the first. Edna Pontellier is a rich New Orleans housewife who at first bristles against but then comes to reject the traditional gender norms of the fin de siècle South. 'The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.' Kim Basinger reads the closing lines of the novel - oft-quoted in gender studies classes - in a voice that’s as smooth as the waves buffeting Edna’s body and as resolved as her conviction that though her husband and children 'were a part of her life…they need not have thought that they could possess her, body and soul.'” (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Under her breath

    If Kim Basinger wouldn't try so hard to keep up that sexy voice...I think I like her, it's not the voice itself that sounds awkward. She is constantly intonating as if whispering something nice into my ear...which is really not good for the book. It fits in certain moments and thats all. I have a feeling that only after a break while recording her voice sounds "normal" for a few sentences. It was quite unnerving in the beginning but I somehow managed to just make my peace with it. Still: I had to laugh out loud sometimes (not bad for the soul, bad when the protagonist is having mindful thoughts) as it is so strange when Kim loses all the little strength in her voice with the end of a long stretch of words. It screams: my sexy voice is famous! into my ear just too loud. But then: others might like it. Just be aware that even "chap...teeerr twelve" sounds like "I love you so much" voiced by a very desperate and very very gentle soul..or as some women know: someone who's trying to sound like a very very gentle soul :-) I don't need to speak about the book by Kate Chopin...it's a classic, of course it's worth being read.