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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (64,354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: Ralph Cosha Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Josef K. is an employee at a bank, an Everyman without any particular qualities or ambitions. His inconsequence makes doubly strange his “arrest” by an officer of the court, made with no formal charges or explanation. Disoriented and consumed with guilt for a “crime” he does not understand, Josef K. must justify his life to a “court” with which he cannot communicate. The defendant can only ask questions, but receives no answers to clarify the surreal world in which he is compelled to wander.

Through the court’s relentless bureaucratic proceedings and absurd juxtapositions of different hypotheses of cause and effect, the whole rational structure of the world is undermined. The trial of Josef K. becomes a chilling existential metaphor for life itself, where every sentence is a sentence of death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As you read The Trial, there is no let up. The reader’s anxiety can verge on terror…Kafka, master of the envelope, creates the atmosphere of a nightmare that seems real in which his character is beset by the impersonal forces of authority, the police and the bureaucracy, that will not tell him what he is guilty of.”

    Sol Stein, author and editor

  • “Breon Mitchell’s translation of the restored text is an accomplishment of the highest order—one that will honor Kafka, perhaps the most singular and compelling writer of our time, far into the twenty-first century.”

    Walter Abish, author of How German Is It?

  • “Howard’s British accent and deep monotone set the proper dark tone for the book…Howard acts as our intellectual guide by emphasizing key passages and marking them as worthy of interpretation and discussion.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nada | 5/17/2011

    " intriguing since the first word.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cpury | 5/10/2011

    " When I first read it (I was 17) I lay nights awake thinking how someone could write a book this perfect. Kafka is for me some kind of untouchable God figure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 5/5/2011

    " I recall seeing and reading many similar cases in history books and documentaries, where people were just dragged out of their homes, detained for weeks or even months when there was no evident proof to link them to any civil crimes. Detention without conviction.

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca | 4/25/2011

    " One of my favorite books, EVER. "

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