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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: April 2011 ISBN: 9781470802011
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/9/2014

    " Gregor Samsa is a a traveling salesman that lives in a apartment with his Dad, Mom, and Sister. One day he wakes up and turns into a bug. This creates many problems in his family cause they reject his new condition. Personally I think this book was terrible. It was one of the most boring books I have read and the first 15 pages his him trying to get out of the bed. Then the rest of his book his just locked in his room. I would recommend this book to someone with a lot of patience to get through this terrible book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael McFarland | 2/9/2014

    " Wonderfully and unexpectedly simple. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Curnow | 2/4/2014

    " One of my favourite short stories ever, and an enormous influence on my own work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisha | 2/2/2014

    " -I am about to lose even the slightest desire to stick up for you in any way at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victor | 2/2/2014

    " I don't know why the average rating is so low. It rules and it doesn't take long to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Pilate | 1/30/2014

    " Simply stated: A mind fuck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton | 1/29/2014

    " A wholly depressing novella that at no time gives the reader any sense of hope for any of the characters or for humanity at large without immediately crushing it. Despite this, it's a good read full of striking ideas. Definitely worthwhile in that popular culture is brimming with Metamorphosis jokes that you won't otherwise get, and because, well, it's kind of important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veru Yanako | 1/29/2014

    " really nice book, interesting story, i recommned it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Falina | 1/28/2014

    " I am pretty underwhelmed by The Metamorphosis. I was expecting more from it, because of all the references to it I've noticed in popular culture. But it really just is about a guy who turned into an insect. I thought I would find some profound insights into...something. I get that there's something there about the absurdity of life, but I wanted more from this. I actually just checked SparkNotes for I think the first time ever, to see if I missed something. Whoever wrote the SparkNotes found a lot more in it than I did, but for me, it just isn't very meaningful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gio | 1/25/2014

    " The metamorphosis is a book about Gregor Samsa, travel clerk, turning into a giant bug creature like cockroach. The story handles his family's reaction to his nasty transformation. Rather than trying to figure out what happened, the family just turns away and pretends that he is just not in the house. I thought his part was irony because Gregor was only family member who earned money for family and now since he turned into a beetle, his family was disregarding as a family and tried to avoid. I could feel selfishness of the family in this part. Moreover, I could feel biteter humor from the part where Gregor is only concerned about work even though his body was transformed in disgusting ways. Neither story nor the literature was overwhelming as other classic books so this allowed me to really focus and aroused all my sentimentals in to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/22/2014

    " Wow, and I thought *I* was a skeptic and misanthrope. Anyone who thinks they have a messed up family ought to read this book. I am not so sure I would feel such guilt in the face of such ingratitude, but then again, it is probable that the dark, dark, black humor of this absurd situation was a bit lost on me as well. Kafka expertly hits on so many aspects of family dynamics that surely one or two would make anybody wince. This man had RESENTMENT. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William Armstrong | 1/22/2014

    " What the hell is the point of this? This guy turns into a bug over night, his family struggles to deal with the financial consequences of their bread winner becoming an insect, they neglect him, and he dies. What is the point? The tone is consistent, the pace is nice; it's well written in that sense, but other than that, why is this considered to be so important? A few reviews mentioned how it's a commentary on how we treat the sick / different in society...please. The man turned into a bug. A bug. He didn't get "sick" in the sense that he was a human with an illness. He turned into a damn bug. There is no explanation, no end in sight to his condition...the whole premise is just stupid. Not even entertainingly ridiculous, just stupid. The kid is a bit of a prick, the family is pathetic...We have no reason to care about any of the characters. I guess, just as the family was happy at the end to be rid of their brother/son/insect, I was happy to be finished with this over-hyped waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lama Dalbah | 1/21/2014

    " A perfect piece. Pure Absurdism. Its structure is absolutely flawless.. Disappointing ending, but this is exactly what the absurd life is about. This novel is a big, complex, multi-colored question. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wesley | 1/21/2014

    " It was an interesting story, but i think it was poorly written. Maybe it should have been translated better, I don't know. But since it was so boring, I ended up skimming the book. There wasn't a very steep plot. Gregor turns into a man-bug overnight, his sister takes care of him for a bit, then she loses her mind and locks Gregor in his own room to die. The family lives happily after his death, then the sister grows up to be a beautiful young woman. Overall, I thought it was an unusual allegory and throughout the book, lots of scenes were supposed to be funny but weren't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faith | 1/20/2014

    " I can see why The Metamorphosis, By Franz Kafka was such an important book of its time. When traveling salesman Gregor Samsa awakes one morning, he finds that he has transformed into a gigantic vermin. Battling exile from his own family Gregor, undergoes an internal metamorphosis within himself. He constantly reminisces about his past and desperately want to return to his family, who shun him. The book was depressing, yet I appreciated its Kafka's twisted spin on Gregor's loneliness and isolation. I was sad to see that Gregor, due to his change, is forced to think about how unhappy his life had been, and only has that to remember. I could thoroughly see the dramatic changes in the secondary characters; including Grete Samsa's vivid outburst of he disdain towards her own brother. The Metamorphosis should be read by those who can understand and acknowledge its significance. Reading this book inspires a deeper level of thinking, therefore I can appreciate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nitin Khanna | 1/20/2014

    " An absurd story with a strange way of telling it... It's considered a classic, but there it was just strange to me... "

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

    " This book is a little gem of insight into human behaviour, presented in a metaphor of alienation. I found it very interesting because we see (and understand) the different stages in reaction from both Gregor and his family and how they try to adapt to this new situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Gordon | 1/16/2014

    " Was it a strange dream, I don't know? The things people do for their own blood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 João Capela | 1/11/2014

    " Li o livro sem pensar em duplos significados. It's a good reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sparkles | 1/11/2014

    " This one was quite odd. I read it because Catherine was reading it in her 10th grade curriculum. I had heard of it but had not read it. I pretty much chuckled all the way through because the characters were upset about so many things but never the obvious....how in the world or why in the world did Gregor morph into a giant roach, beetle, parasite? They all (the sister and parents) just went about their lives as if nothing much had changed. All they were concerned about was how this was going to affect how they lived (Gregor was their supporter). That aspect was very sad to me~that the family's real concern was not really over Gregor's metamorphosis but over the fact that he could no longer support them. Lots of symbolism in this novella but overall, very sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Mclean | 1/10/2014

    " So far beyond the genius of most works of literature. Kafka could see into the very soul of society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlene | 1/10/2014

    " I read this in a college English class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Per Bressendorff | 1/8/2014

    " Real Kafka-ish (of course). But fascinating, unpredictable and weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney Porterfield | 1/7/2014

    " This was a very interesting read. The characters had realistic reactions to a non-realistic situation. In the end I feel bad for Gregor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry Stones | 1/5/2014

    " Read a long time ago. Early college days "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/4/2014

    " Transformation into a beetle....physical manifestation of human isolation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 María Sánchez | 12/30/2013

    " I felt bad for Gregor =( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shul | 12/26/2013

    " I had the pleasure of listening to an audio version of this novel read by Benedict Cumberbatch. while this novel was interesting and it is easy to see why it is often required for school readings, I don't think I would have enjoyed it without his voice reading it. the story itself is, as I said, quite interesting and also thought provoking, but it is also very weird to say the least. I'm not really sure if I enjoyed it because of the story itself or because Mr. Cumberbatch was reading it to me. that is why I chose to give three stars. if anyone is reading my review and would like to hear him reading it, I found the recording on youtube. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josh Bender | 12/24/2013

    " This book was very boring. It was the worst summer reading book I have ever read. I thought this book had no meaning to the world at all. I hardly understood it. Maybe if it were a more modern book, I would have understood it. I wouldn't reccomned this to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/22/2013

    " Look, I've read it ok and I understand (I think) why that is important. It was interesting but not fun. It was a good book but just 'not for me' I suppose. Writing this does make me want to revisit it however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saurav | 12/22/2013

    " I am just too small a reader to write a review for this book. A classic !!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy Reed | 12/20/2013

    " A Level Drama. Weird. I'm sure it would make more sense to me now but my experience with it has put me off trying again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Drespling | 12/14/2013

    " Just brilliant! I started out laughing, then went through panic, horror, despair, and finally, peace. I laughed out loud and cried. Who knew such a short story could invoke such a range of emotions! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jakki Leonard | 12/2/2013

    " An absolute lsd trip! Wierd, fascinating, rather than enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flopsymac | 12/1/2013

    " While the subject matter is sad and disgusting, the language (even in translation) is so beautiful - you just have to make it through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chiara | 11/29/2013

    " Ahhh this book was absolutely gorgeous. Kafka darkly, though playfully, suggests the idea that some pieces of literature can be presented as they are, devoid of underlying metaphors or themes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula Weir | 11/13/2013

    " I found the book plodded along and it was a chore to read. Maybe it went above my head but I found it quite grueling and depressing. Perhaps a career in marketing and sales doesn't help when our reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calvin | 11/12/2013

    " A classic. I went into it knowing what it was about but didn't quite expect it to progress the way it did. It's a weird, short read, everyone should read it at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/22/2013

    " One of the best books from le Theatre d'Absurd. Great laughs in high school. My brother named his cat Kafka - awesome name! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afrah Mohammad | 10/15/2013

    " Brief, gripping--like a dark dream in the middle of the night that jolts you awake. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace Best-Page | 10/13/2013

    " I know this story is supposed to be meaningful, but to me it was just plain stupid. I simply couldn't buy into the premise whatsoever on any level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandeep Saroha | 9/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily Morrison | 9/24/2013

    " Don't even waste your time. Terrible book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne Gass | 9/19/2013

    " Cruel people and a helpless bug. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raima Larter | 9/10/2013

    " I read this in college and still have vivid images in my mind about this story, decades later. This is a classic. Everybody should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Perkins | 9/8/2013

    " I find it difficult to understand the Existential nature of Kafka's story. I see the transformation, not just in The protagonist but in the other characters, but the story seems to me, for lack of a better word, mushy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Waterhouse | 8/30/2013

    " Utterly wonderful. A paranoid meta-metaphor with a dark heart but redemption at the end (for the family, at least ...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andd Becker | 8/7/2013

    " This classic tale of transformation and family dynamics is appealing and thought-provoking. Read it every ten years. Ask yourself which family member you identify with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prakash | 8/6/2013

    " When you carefully observe cockroaches and bugs for a long time, and anthropomorphize them, you'll end up with The Metamorphosis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CHR. | 7/19/2013

    " Second time reading it. First time in German, second in Dutch. Somehow more impressed the first time. Still a unique story, though. Lots to read in between the lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Cliburn | 7/16/2013

    " Awesome. You'll feel the same after you start working. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi Dunlap | 7/13/2013

    " Hated it- really made no sense to me. Though I can see why others really like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sanne | 7/6/2013

    " In general, not a bad book, but in my opinion a little overrated. This could be because I had to read this for school, together with around 20 other people who really did not want to read it. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yumna M. Usmani | 4/8/2013

    " Made me feel so sorry for spiders! Great read! The best of Kafka definitely! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Laessig | 4/6/2013

    " Probably should read it again and see if thirty years has changed my opinion of it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alma Barrón | 3/21/2013

    " One day, Gregory wakes up and discovers he has turned into a giant bug, what will happen next? his family? his work? all of his life? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sahana | 3/14/2013

    " Read it for my AP 12 Lit. Class "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 3/13/2013

    " Wonderfully surreal, poetic work that befriended my attention span and the world of theatre, manifesting in some tremendous visual arts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/2/2013

    " Holy Heck! one of the creepiest literature pieces EVER! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Mclean | 2/21/2013

    " So far beyond the genius of most works of literature. Kafka could see into the very soul of society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toshi | 1/26/2013

    " I wake up a vermin everyday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Momina Masood | 1/25/2013

    " I don't know what to say of Kafka. Just do yourself a favor and read him. Please. You owe yourself this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Donahoe | 12/22/2012

    " read during my semester abroad at Cambridge University, England "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yeznik Mikayelyan | 11/25/2012

    " One of the best novels ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gracy Del valle | 11/23/2012

    " I had to read this book for my English class. I really enjoyed this book! It's definitely thought provoking. Definitely left me with more questions than answers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjie Haning | 11/5/2012

    " Made me happy I never felt as boxed in as that gent felt "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irfan | 11/1/2012

    " Prorbably the most fascinating book i've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlos Gajardo | 10/25/2012

    " This made me feel really emo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Laya | 9/19/2012

    " This book was a good read. I love the characters and the language used wasn't over repetitive making this book that much more better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 9/8/2012

    " An interesting take on what life is like for the "modern" man. Urban life makes vermin out of all of us, and then squashes us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 8/27/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 8/18/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leensey | 8/17/2012

    " I don't see the point. I'm sorry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Gutknecht | 6/14/2012

    " Strange, but held my interest till the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 6/11/2012

    " This book was a required read in collage but I loved it anyway! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjie Haning | 5/29/2012

    " Made me happy I never felt as boxed in as that gent felt "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 5/25/2012

    " There were moments that I thought that were utter brilliance, but a lot of the time, I was bored or lost. Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" is much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 4/18/2012

    " One of my top ten favorite books. Terribly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layo | 4/8/2012

    " While it is a literary book, I cannot deal with anything that talks of large insects...really. It freaked me out. But then it wouldn't be Kafka if there wasn't anything that powerful in the book, would it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Mclean | 3/6/2012

    " So far beyond the genius of most works of literature. Kafka could see into the very soul of society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/4/2012

    " So he had to become a cockroach to get his family to get off their butts...hmmm..interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Smith | 9/13/2011

    " I have read this book twice, once in English and once in German. I am very familiar with this book, and enjoyed it as a classic literary book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 7/30/2011

    " Poor guy turns into a bug. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley Voyles | 7/10/2011

    " more of a short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 5/24/2011

    " Probably one of the saddest stories about human existence and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 5/23/2011

    " Hadn't read this since college, which is to say, 40 years ago. So of course I remembered nothing. It was a revelation to realize how simply written but overwhelmingly strange this story is. It really sets the bar for tales of personal alienation within the family and society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan | 5/23/2011

    " Tan actual en aquel entonces como ahora. No nos convertimos en cucarachas (o escarabajos), porque seguimos siendo lo que somos en nuestros trabajos afines al sistema. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 5/22/2011

    " This story disturbed and fascinated me all at the same time. The catalyst is sort of gross, but the metaphor is amazing. I never want to be like his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " Very dense. Very short. Very symbolic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tbergamin | 5/22/2011

    " I read this book when I was fourteen - a long, long time ago - and I still remember it. This book made a lasting impression on me and rate it in the top 5 of books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiff | 5/21/2011

    " My best friend loved this book and I couldn't understand how or why... I did like this better than The Trial. It's queer... as usual it's Kafka-esque but he hit isolation right on the dot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 5/19/2011

    " Meant something different when I lived with cockroaches the size of puppies... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " I read this story during one of my blissful days as an undergraduate at Bellarmine. It's a great story. It seems like the Republicans are trying to turn most of us into cockroaches without pensions or health care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna | 5/18/2011

    " Interesting. Absolutely deserves more than one read. The critical essays I mostly skimmed, but a few ideas caught my eye. I did not see the three "roomers" as a representative phallus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 5/17/2011

    " This edition is half essays about the book, and I did not read the essays. My 4 star rating is just based on the story and the introduction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 5/14/2011

    " If you have ever felt like an alien hiding among humanity this is a powerful work on disconnection and self image. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonard | 5/11/2011

    " My thoughts on this book, don't put anyone before your self. Self Reliance is most important. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mj | 5/11/2011

    " Hmmm... A little weird - even for an English book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whit | 5/10/2011

    " meh... not as rattling as I had hoped "

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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

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.