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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,606 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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In the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, salesmen turn into giant bugs, apes give lectures at college academies, and nightmares probe the mysteries of modern humanity's unhappiness. More than any other modern writer in world literature, Kafka captures the loneliness and misery that fill the lives of 20th-century humanity. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories reveals the author's extraordinary talent in a variety of forms - prose poems, short stories, sketches, allegories, and novelettes - and showcases the straight - faced humor, startling psychological insight, and haunting imagination for which he is revered as a modern master. In this brilliant new translation, prize - winning translator Joachim Neugroschel preserves the delicate balance, rich timbre, and wondrous language of Kafka's original works. In addition to The Metamorphosis, this collection includes Early Stories, Contemplation, The Judgement, The Stoker, In the Penal Colony, and A Country Doctor.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Quinn | 1/24/2014

    " Most boring book I've ever started and then taken back to the library in fear my brain would seep out of my ear at night in search of a more stimulation in the head of a squirrel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hasan | 1/18/2014

    " The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony are great. Be just! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vik | 12/16/2013

    " 5 stars just for a totally leftfield idea considering when this was written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/15/2013

    " Haunting, existentialism at its height. The Metamorphosis is the standard model for the absurdity of life. The other stories are good, too. I found "In the Penal Colony" to be poignant. These are my opinions, read them and make your own! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 11/24/2013

    " "Could he be an animal, to be so moved by music? It was as though he sensed a way to the unknown sustenance he longed for. He was determined to go right up to his sister, to pluck at her skirt, and so let her know she was to come into his room with her violin, because no one rewarded music here as much as he wanted to reward it. He would not let her out of his room, at least not as long as he lived; for the first time his frightening form would come in useful for him; he would appear at all doors to his room at once, and hiss in the faces of attackers; but his sister wasn't to be forced, she was to remain with him of her own free will" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer L | 11/21/2013

    " Great story! Kafka really makes you live the story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 10/31/2013

    " what a fantastic writer. i learned how to understand complicated and intriguing metaphore about life and people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/25/2013

    " Kafka creates bizarre, nightmarish worlds. Several good short stories are included. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/20/2013

    " Read this with my high school students who always have one thing to say at the end: depressing. Always sparks interesting discussions though about so many topics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel | 9/14/2013

    " Absolutely full of a multiplicity of gems (picked straight from all the little things we pass by in life.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassaundra Curd | 9/9/2013

    " I'm not sure what exactly I've learned from this book - it's one of those reads you have to discover a few times before you truly 'get it'. But one thing is for sure - Kafka is one of the great geniuses of our time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Mendius | 4/29/2013

    " Mindblowing. Kafka is one of my biggest influences as an author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/14/2013

    " I actually read Metamorphosis from this collection in college and loved it! I have yet to read any of his other works in this collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 11/12/2012

    " Brilliant, of course. My favorite stories weren't The Sons ("The Stoker", "The Metamorphosis", and "The Judgement") but "The Metamorphosis" alone and "In The Penal Colony". "A Country Doctor" also haunted me, but perhaps that's because I read it while I was sick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 8/6/2012

    " it didn't change my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 5/8/2012

    " I like Kafka, but honestly, most of the time I just don't really know what he's talking about. But I feel like the whole point of his writing is to not know what it means, or maybe I'm way off. But the over achieving honor student inside me, still wants desperately to know what he's talking about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 4/16/2012

    " Weird and wonderful. Turns your perspective on its head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Barrow | 2/3/2012

    " The Matamorphosis is superb and worthy of a 4 grade. The other stories in the collection are of variable quality. Letter to my father is dreadful (I'd give that a 1) though it was useful in placing the other stories in perspective. Metamorphosis is highly remmended though. "

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About the Author
Author Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka (1883–1924), one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century, was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague. His unique body of writing, much of which is incomplete and was mainly published posthumously, is considered by some people to be among the most influential in Western literature, inspiring such writers as Albert Camus, Rex Warner, and Samuel Beckett.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.