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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,611 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: Tom Whitworth Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN:
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The Metamorphosis begins as its protagonist, Gregor Samsa, wakes up one morning to find that he has become a huge insect. This change is understandably difficult for Gregor, not to mention his family and business. It ends up costing him his life.

The story has been interpreted as everything from religious allegory to psychoanalytic case history, but works because, though written nearly a century ago, Kafka's fantastic imaginings convey a reality of their own. We surrender to Gregor's experience, which in a way becomes ours.

Also included are stories by Guy de Maupassant: The Englishman, The Piece of String, The Necklace, A Crisis, The Will, Love, The Inn and Was it a Dream.

Translated by Stanley Appelbaum.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ammon | 2/15/2014

    " Although Kafka's friend Max Brod originally promoted these stories as quasi-religious, it is much more profitable to read them, as Kafka apparently did, as (admittedly extremely black) comedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 2/15/2014

    " Of his short stories in this book, "Metamorphosis" was not one of my favorites. I felt some of the early pieces seemed rough and unfinished... but there were two or three later stories that I loved. Glad I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Coffey | 2/3/2014

    " It's hard out there for a bug. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/31/2014

    " it didn't change my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mamaligauk | 1/22/2014

    " Not as dark as I had been led to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaela | 1/17/2014

    " Had to read this for school and LOVED IT. The metamorphosis was an awesome read with a really cool twist! totally recommend it for someone just looking for a small read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chee Chee | 1/7/2014

    " Liked Metamorphosis, but only dipped in and out of the other stories. I like the way he writes, but after a few sentences I just seem to get a bit lost... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake Cooper | 12/30/2013

    " The Metamorphosis is terrific, but I didn't care for any of the others really. (A Country Doctor, The Judgement, In the Penal Colony, and A Report to an Academy.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillaury | 12/20/2013

    " Metamorphosis is Magical Realism at it's most basic, easily understood form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/17/2013

    " Having Kafka read to you amid the din of early morning traffic is nearly as weird as are his stories. Kafkaesque! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie Fullmer | 7/22/2013

    " A little too weird for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 6/25/2013

    " I don't get it. These stories are completely bizarre. The opening lines really drag you in, but then the stories have no real build up or resolution. If I were the judge, I would not give these stories the status of classics. That's really all I have to say about this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 DaraB | 5/9/2013

    " Only read the Metamorphisis. Hated it. Hard to read, visualize and understand much of the plot and characters. I guess I am just not a Kafka fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Librarian | 10/30/2012

    " My favorite subject! LONELY PEOPLE! And then you add in the whole bug thing and you have got a sweet ass story, friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 [hillary] | 7/28/2012

    " This collection of stories gave me the weirdest dreams. Therefore, awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/21/2012

    " 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 Walter Ortiz | 4/3/2012

    " One of my all time favorite stories to read, a guy wakes up as a roach one day and tries to communicate with his needy family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrell Pitt | 2/3/2012

    " One of the classics. Well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izzie | 1/24/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I was impressed and surprised by how Kafka's simple and to-the-point narration produced such haunting and memorable images, and how original each story was. I hope to read Kafka again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/3/2012

    " 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 Tiffany | 5/21/2011

    " The title story is great, of course, but the reason I give this collection a 5 instead of a 4 was because of "A Hunger Artist". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/17/2011

    " only read the metamorphosis.. found it very interesting, although somewhat strange
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Goleta | 4/23/2011

    " i only read metamorphosis. Had to read it for school. Twice! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 4/21/2011

    " I don't get it. These stories are completely bizarre. The opening lines really drag you in, but then the stories have no real build up or resolution. If I were the judge, I would not give these stories the status of classics. That's really all I have to say about this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrell | 4/20/2011

    " One of the classics. Well worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yare | 4/15/2011

    " it was an interesting book, with different stories, one of my favorites is the metamorphosis but was a little sad at the end.. but most dificult was the way Kafka express his ideas, or the situation on the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cooper | 4/11/2011

    " Contains the texts that Kafka published (or prepared for publication?) during his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/11/2011

    " In The Penal Colony ... now there's a mental image that will stay with me, unfortunately! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zakiya | 4/6/2011

    " I read this book in college as part of the Fiction Writing curriculum. We actually had to write a parody of The Metamorphosis. It's good reading though. I enjoyed his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodokins | 3/4/2011

    " What can I say? There are people crazier than I. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reznik | 2/22/2011

    " The Penal Colony was a great short story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 2/3/2011

    " One of the most disgusting and wonderful books Kafka has written. I was grossed out by the description of the cockroach, no doubt. Loved the story and the story telling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/21/2011

    " Kafka is one of those iconic writers that I really want to like but just don't. I love the premises of his stories, but I find them a chore to actually read. His language is overly formal and rather obfuscatory to me, which is perhaps intentional on his part, but in reality really puts me off. "

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About the Narrator

Tom Whitworth is a published author and a narrator. Some of his narrated works include The Lost World, The Wisdom of Father Brown, Candide, and The Metamorphosis, and Other Stories.