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3.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 5 3.31 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Franz Kafka Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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First published in 1925, The Trial tells the story of a man arrested for an unknown crime by a remote, inaccessible authority and his struggle for control over the increasing absurdity of his life. One of Franz Kafka's best-known works, The Trial has been variously interpreted as an examination of political power, a satirical depiction of bureaucracy, and a pessimistic religious parable. Left unfinished at the time of Kafka's 1924 death, The Trial is nevertheless a trenchant depiction of the seemingly incomprehensible nature of existence and a fascinating exploration of the universal issues of justice, power, freedom, and isolation.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanjukta | 1/12/2014

    " life is a kafkaesque trial "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 12/4/2013

    " Interesting philosophy and politic, but too slow and dated for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikael Kuoppala | 11/5/2013

    " A unique and universally relevant book about one person facing the opressiveness of a community, "The Trial" is an extremely well written companion to suchn sociologically relevant masterpieces as Albert Camus' "The Outsider". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Quigley | 10/7/2013

    " I gave this one more star than my enjoyment of it alone would suggest it deserves. Frankly, if you are already familiar with the premise (and who isn't?), it's a bit of a snooze-fest. The extra star is just a retrospective nod to how powerful this book would have been, especially in the Eastern Bloc, at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denae | 10/2/2013

    " This is the first book by Franz Kafka I have read, and to be honest, were it not for the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list, it would quite possibly be my last. The value of The Trial as an addition to the literary canon is unquestionable, but I did not enjoy reading it. It raises great and classic questions about the law and judicial system and what role they should be permitted to play in the lives of people, as well as about the nature of guilt, but it never resolves them. I understand, in a way, that that is part of the beauty of the work, but I still found the reading tedious. I also understand that it is an unfinished work that the author never wished to be published, but my understanding is that was the way he felt about everything he wrote. Most of all, I think the thing I found disappointing was the extent to which the book felt dated. It did not have the timelessness and relevance which I expected, and I think that is the root of my disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wan Nor Azriq | 9/16/2013

    " Will be reading again this year "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grete | 9/8/2013

    " The beginning was slow and I thought I might die while reading it but at half way to the end or somewhere there, it got seriously interesting and I liked it, making me feel like the ending came too fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Petersik | 6/17/2013

    " Suppose you're taken to trial and you don't know the charge, or even what led to your being arrested. Further suppose you have no clue as to how to plea your case. Nothing makes sense. That's the world of "The Trial," in my opinion Kafka's most prescient novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle Chaban | 4/12/2013

    " Honestly, this book DEFINES existential writing and the search for the cause of suffering. It's one of the only books without a distinguishable, traditional plot that I happen to love. It's pure magic when you're reading it, and there's nothing like it. I would marry this book if I could. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ♥Xeni♥ | 3/14/2013

    " Maybe another time. Kafka irritates me to a normal level on a typical day. These days he just fills me with a deep seated rage that I don't know what to do with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xin Tian | 3/8/2013

    " OH GOURD PLEASE NO MORE KAFKA SO DEPRESSING "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanette Johnson | 1/17/2013

    " I tried to listen to this story. It was one of the free downloads this summer from Audio books for teens. It was extremely boring and I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and it never did. Don't waist your time with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snem | 9/20/2012

    " It's like a criminal justice Alice in Wonderland and written like it could happen to any of us tomorrow. It was engrossing, disturbing and simply a good read. I recommend a long attention span for this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 8/23/2012

    " Welles' movie adaption of this is fantastic (and surprisingly faithful) but you need to read this first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 6/18/2012

    " At the time I thought these things don't happen in reality. Not in the western world. Now I know better. Very upsetting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.H. Benson | 2/2/2012

    " This is a scary book. Secret police, secret courts, unknown charges and questionable legal representation. It's a nightmare but well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 6/26/2011

    " Read this whilst at university. Liked it then as it explored the law, which I was studying. But I think I would find it hard-going now though! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ankush | 6/25/2011

    " The book conveys very well a strange atmosphere of vague oppression by the system that is putting Josef K under trial. However IMO, it drags on far too long, and (due to the very nature of what Kafka is trying to do) is essentially nonsensical. This latter point alone makes me give the book 1 star. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Falice | 6/20/2011

    " Very bleak. An important books about bureaucracy, authority, conformity and individual rights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/10/2011

    " Interesting. The same Kafka dream-like state... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 6/6/2011

    " I don't know if it was a bad translation or a bad time to read it or if Kafka just isn't quite for me but I had a really hard time connecting with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin | 6/6/2011

    " K. is under arrest. Is it it a joke? No. It is an incredible novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirimcghee | 6/5/2011

    " It's Kafka! Kind of hard to go wrong there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Montana | 6/4/2011

    " The performance by Rupert Degas is wonderful....however, I read this book because it is a classic and I want to have my horizons broadened, after all it is Kafka. If you're in the mood for something maddening, frustrating, and utterly confounding, then this is your book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 6/3/2011

    " meandering, but interesting. a giant metaphor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 6/3/2011

    " like sitting through a stanley kubrick marathon. "

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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

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?