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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (160,720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.”

With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

A harrowing—though absurdly comic—meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W. H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In The Metamorphosis Kafka reached the height of his mastery: he wrote something which he could never surpass, because there is nothing which The Metamorphosis could be surpassed by—one of the few great, perfect poetic works of this century.”

    Elias Canetti, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981

  • “You will mark Kafka’s style. Its clarity, its precise and formal intonation in such striking contrast to the nightmare matter of his tale. No poetical metaphors ornament his stark black-and-white story. The limpidity of his style stresses the dark richness of his fantasy. Contrast and unity, style and matter, manner and plot are most perfectly integrated.”

    Vladimir Nabokov

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/20/2014

    " Completely unusual story but enjoyable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sierra Sample | 2/15/2014

    " worst book ever it was so boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandeep Saroha | 2/13/2014

    " I don't know what to make out of it. should I feel pity and sympathy for on Gregor's misfortune and broken dreams, or to feel enraged towards his family, especially towards his sister. a nice short read able to coldly sympathize one's heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 2/12/2014

    " This is an interesting story to read and perhaps the first to detail the struggle of depressives to find motivation to leave a room or house. Without spoiling details, I would say the description of struggle is more intriguing than the remaining story, and had the greatest impact on me. "

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