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  • The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (332)

    “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 startlingly bizarre 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.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Kafka-esque terrific"
    "kafka's best"
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    Where does The Metamorphosis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reading performance is excellant; But they all are very professionally done. As a book, I would rate this book as the the author's most original, well written, and profound.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Metamorphosis?

    When even his fovorite sister betrays him, and the reader discovers Kafka's point of view on the human condition, that at bottom, we all are alone.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to an audio book is a challenge for me, because it requires a continiuos consentrated focus that reading doesn't require. I often look up and ponder ideas, sorting them out, while reading, and resume, without any loss of place in the written text. Listening doesn't allow for such breaks. It reminds me of the joys of listening to stories on the radio, before Tv as a child. I just have to practice such listening skills again.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I usually can't focus that long. I enjoy listening to a portion every day.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm happy I discovered AudioBooks. It brings a new kind of pleasure into my life.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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