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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (161,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: Dick Hil Publisher: Alpha DVD Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Metamorphosis, a novella by Franz Kafka, is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary Patella | 2/9/2014

    " A story that is short enough to read in a couple of hours, yet interesting and bizarre enough to stay with you for a lifetime. Amount gained from reading is incredible when compared to the short amount of time it takes to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Harry Woodward | 2/7/2014

    " 'The Metamorphosis' is by far one of my favorite short stories and a great incentive for me to read more of Kafka's works, especially 'the Trial'. One of the weirdest and most satisfying pieces of short fiction you are likely to come across, Kafka's little narrative opens with the notorious sentence: 'As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect'. Possibly one of the best opening sentences in fiction, the story just gets better and better as Gregor refuses to accept his transformation and attempts to prepare for his day of work, while being bothered by his family and his boss. When they finally witness his new form, Gregor's family react with horror but they try their best to co-opt this drastic change into their lifestyles. But as Gregor's animalistic behavior and needs place more and more pressure on his family and he fails to communicate with them, he loses his family's support and they begin to see him as a monster. Kafka's characteristic understated style of writing creates superb surreal humor, along with the very human behavior of his characters. At the same time, his story moves you in many unexpected ways, as Gregor and his family struggle with his condition and as their situation rapidly worsens, their hopes and dreams are sacrificed. Once you get past the weirdness and the graphic descriptions of insect parts, this is an emotional attack on the notion of a perfect family, where members are actually struggling with their own selfish desires rather than helping each other. Nevertheless, Kafka's great skill for writing makes you feel for all the characters. To think that such a modern story was written in 1912 and has lost none of its power to move even after translation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Skip | 2/7/2014

    " For weeks after reading this book, I had strong reactions which came out of nowhere. "How could they be so cruel and in humane?" Yes, Kafka stays with you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristie | 2/5/2014

    " What's not to like? He turned into a big bug... it is fascinating and short. Kafka doesn't waste our time. "

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