Tom Whitworth delivers magnificent performances of work by Franz Kafka and Guy de Maupassant on this audiobook, The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. In the novella The Metamorphosis, protagonist Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to discover that he has transformed into a giant insect, putting tremendous pressure on his family. Whitworth is equally as compelling in his interpretations of de Maupassant’s short stories, which include: "The Englishman", "The Piece of String", "The Necklace", "A Crisis", "The Will", "Love", "The Inn", and "Was it a Dream?".
The story has been interpreted as everything from religious allegory to psychoanalytic case history, but works because, though written nearly a century ago, Kafka's fantastic imaginings convey a reality of their own. We surrender to Gregor's experience, which in a way becomes ours.
Also included are stories by Guy de Maupassant: "The Englishman", "The Piece of String", "The Necklace", "A Crisis", "The Will", "Love", "The Inn" and "Was it a Dream".
Translated by Stanley Appelbaum.
©1992 Joss Recordings; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
I am a book worm and writer trapped in a dyslexic's body
The stories within this book are as strange as anything I've ever read (or rather, heard) in my life! However, reading from a higher-level philosophical standpoint, it is full of mind boggling depictions of human life and priorities which many short stories lack. Yet, it still is full of intrigue and plot, though one might have thought otherwise!
And, of course, Tom Whitworth's reading was wonderful! His voice is calm and deep and full of character and life! Plus, he's got a manly british accent, which is soothing to the ears.
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