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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 Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455174768
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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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/25/2011

    " One of my favorite books, EVER. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelby | 4/11/2011

    " OK, I glad I went through the experience of reading this book. Now I feel like I need to attend a lecture about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 4/8/2011

    " I believe we read this in History in 9th grade at Taft... I remember being disturbed, in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nichole | 3/29/2011

    " I like Kafka, but this book was so roundabout and frustrating that I literally got dizzy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Radwa | 3/29/2011

    " Though Kafka died before finishing the book,but it is definitely a masterpiece!!
    "

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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

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.