Robert Cavanaugh, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect. He looks around his room, which appears normal, and decides to go back to sleep to forget about what has happened. He attempts to roll over, only to discover that he cannot due to his new body - he is stuck on his hard, convex back. He tries to scratch an itch on his stomach, but when he touches himself with one of his many new legs, he is disgusted. What will happen when his parents and young sister discover his transformation?
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"I've never heard so much emotion in an audiobook. His Boston accent hooked me. The story was heartbreaking but his voice was a pure joy." (the audiobook worm)
"hilarious…listeners will feel shock and even sadness." (AudioFile)
From the first paragraph, this is a story that captures your attention. A human waking up as a bug and trying to figure out his new life while still concerning for his family and job - its very entertaining, and sad at times, to experience the evolution.
The family structure, while in some regards very banal, was easy to connect to. Then, to imagine what one might do in a similar situation having a beloved family member 'change' is interesting to ponder.
Ron's narration, with a Boston accent none the less, brings emotion and drama to the story. I like the depiction of the supervisor and the expecting demands of the job. The depiction was easy to connect and relate to.
For those that like a creative short(er) story - yes.
I liked the flow of the book, and the unexpected interpretation
The apple throwing scene had great action.
Trina, the sister. She is very lively, and I would like to hear her play the violin.
great comedic timing
The compassionate , moving, and tragicomic narration.
Origninal, heatbreaking and strangely transcendent-
Tour de force reading by Ron Herzig makes for a visceral and forgettable experience.
Yes. The material is both entertaining and complex, which means there is always something new or even revelatory to discover. The tour-de-force vocal performance adds a whole new dimension of engagement and appeal.
Mr. Herczig provides more than just a reading, it's a dramatic and comedic performance.
A unique, virtuoso interpretation of a brilliant classic that belongs in the collection of anyone who covets deeply entertaining and interesting performance work.
The emotional narration.
When he talks in the bug voice.
Loved the scene with the nasty supervisor.
The almost whimsical reading of this adaptation fits perfectly with the often misunderstood humor in Kafka's stories. What David Foster Wallace described as his "anti-subtle" funniness and "radical literalization of truths". For example, anyone who has had to work for 'The Man' can understand the expression of crawling on one's belly or having to 'eat sh*t' when on the job. In the story, Robert C. does this literally and the reading here captures the casual everyday irony of it perfectly. This book made me smile!
I would recommend this book to friends and students alike. "Change" is an audiobook I would listen to with a group of friends sitting comfortably in front of the fireplace--or in a classroom studying drama or literature.
This story is riveting and entertaining. I like the theatrical narration best.
Ron's performance made me fall in love with Robert.
Robert's speech to his family and supervisor captivated me.
Yes, especially if you're looking for a new angle on a classic.
The reading is dramatic, but not overly so. The reader's accent and delivery sweeps you into the story, and you won't want to leave until the last virtual page.
What else has this narrator done? I'd like to hear more!
I hadn't read the Metamorphosis since college and didn't recall much. It was great to get reacquainted with this classic and hear a fresh, hysterical interpretation.
It was scary, funny, sad. Perfect insights about lousy jobs, family politics and the human condition.
Totally over the top and under the bottom. Really brought out the humor. The blue-color Boston accent was well done.
The humor was contrasted with terror and poignancy. I laughed, felt sad. Gave me lots to think about.
Probably Kafka's most accessible book. I finished it off in two sittings.
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