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The Metamorphosis | [Franz Kafka]

The Metamorphosis

“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.
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Publisher's Summary

“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 startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first 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.

A harrowing - though absurdly comic - meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of 20th-century fiction. As W. H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.”

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.

© Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“In The Metamorphosis Kafka reached the height of his mastery: he wrote something which he could never surpass, because there is nothing which The Metamorphosis could be surpassed by - one of the few great, perfect poetic works of this century.” (Elias Canetti, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981)

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    Patrick Weldon Louisiana 03-19-12
    Patrick Weldon Louisiana 03-19-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Kafka-esque terrific"
    Would you listen to The Metamorphosis again? Why?

    A true classic. Works very well on audible. Almost a short story, but a wonderful narrative.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    fernando antonio hadba Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 04-29-14
    fernando antonio hadba Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I think I expected too much"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, It is a very good story with a very good narration of it


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I do not dare to change anything


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Very good with a superb intonation.


    Could you see The Metamorphosis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Marques Brasília, Brazil 03-29-14
    Douglas Marques Brasília, Brazil 03-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Depressing, but good book"
    Would you listen to The Metamorphosis again? Why?

    Yes, because it is always good to read about human nature.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Gregor Samsa. All the others are more disgusting than the creature he becomes.


    Did Ralph Cosham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This was the second book I heard with this narrator. I didn't like him very much. It's a matter of taste, but I didn't like his voice and his interpretations. He sounded rather monotonous.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well, I felt a bit disgusted throughout the book, and a bit depressed with the end. All in all it was a very good book. It makes you think about life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about a human being who lived among verminous creatures. When he becomes a nasty bug like them, they realize they have to start living like human beings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer GREEN BAY, WI, United States 04-30-12
    Amazon Customer GREEN BAY, WI, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2012

    I've since moved to Green Bay, WI, from the Twin Cities, 9/2011. Love the Twin Cities.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Portola Valley, Ca, United States 04-06-12
    Elaine Portola Valley, Ca, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2011

    I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.

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    "Wonderful"

    I do not usually read short stories but after listening to this audio and plan to discover more. This story is timeless and very entertaining. I will forever look at bugs differently. The narration by Ralph Cosham is excellent and perfect for this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    galvinci south lake tahoe, california, United States 03-26-12
    galvinci south lake tahoe, california, United States 03-26-12

    galvinci

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    "Seeing is believing..my tail is still wagging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Metamorphosis to be better than the print version?

    YES


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father, he could throw an apple faster than Roger Clemens


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Gregor,the bug


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

    DEFinitly


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for mosquito season

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Jacob Mekes ROTTERDAM, Netherlands 01-30-12
    Jan Jacob Mekes ROTTERDAM, Netherlands 01-30-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great symbolism, powerful story"
    What did you love best about The Metamorphosis?

    Kafka manages to pack a lot of emotion and powerful imagery into a reasonably short story. It really makes the reader think about how they relate to the characters, and how they think about others, especially the


    What other book might you compare The Metamorphosis to and why?

    I haven't read anything like it myself. The concept of a man turning into an insect is just incredibly unique, and Kafka wrote it all down very well.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I have played The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, in which Cosham voiced several characters. If you're familiar with his voice work, you'll know what to expect. I think he has a very pleasant voice to listen to, despite (or perhaps thanks to?) a slight lisp. He enunciates very well, speaking the words and phrases carefully and deliberately, but without it turning monotonous.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    That's a tough one... I'm not sure you could capture the idea of the story in a catchphrase, but perhaps something like


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Springfield, MO, United States 09-04-12
    James Springfield, MO, United States 09-04-12

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "Written in 1915"

    This starts out with a man who wakes up as a big bug. Like in Amy Rand's Atlas Shrugged, his whole family depends upon him to make a living. The story is less about him being a bug and more about how his Mother, Father and sister cope with losing the bread winner in the house.

    It must be remembered that it was written in 1915. Recently I read a story that was a modern version of this story and the bug kills his family. I hate to admit it, but I liked the modern version better.

    FK is a great writer of interpersonal relations, it just was not what I was expecting.

    It was not bad and it is only 2 hours long.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent introduction to Kafka"

    My first Kafka book which I approached with a little apprehension as I wasn't sure I would understand the story. My fears were unfounded as Metamorphosis is a very accessible story. I listened to it on audio and I think that hearing the words at speaking pace was good because I tend to rush when reading which, in this case, would have meant missing a lot of the more subtle meanings.
    Gregor Samsa's transformation is the most obvious in Metamorphosis, but all the family undergo a change in their characters caused by his situation. I found myself able to identify with aspects of his sister's behaviour and his father's distance, as well as Gregor's sense of isolation.
    Metamorphosis was an excellent introduction for me to Kafka's work and I shall seek out more of his stories.

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