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  • The Trial | Franz Kafka

    The Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread. Fortunately, Brod ignored his friend's wishes and published The Trial, which became the author's most famous work. Now Kafka's enigmatic novel regains its humor and stylistic elegance in a new translation based on the restored original manuscript.

    Snorre says: "Brilliant"
  • The Metamorphosis: A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky | Franz Kafka,Susan Bernofsky (translator)

    The Metamorphosis: A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, Susan Bernofsky (translator)
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    Franz Kafka's 1915 novella of unexplained horror and nightmarish transformation became a worldwide classic and remains a century later one of the most widely read works of fiction in the world. It is the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. This hugely influential work inspired George Orwell, Albert Camus, Jorge Louis Borges, and Ray Bradbury, while continuing to unsettle millions of readers.

    Tad Davis says: "Mysterious and beautiful"
  • The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Austin Vanfleet
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    One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armor-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked.

    Amazon Customer says: "EXCELLENT NARRATION!"
  • The Castle | Franz Kafka

    The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    A land-surveyor, known only as K., arrives at a small village permanently covered in snow and dominated by a castle to which access seems permanently denied. K.'s attempts to discover why he has been called constantly run up against the peasant villagers, who are in thrall to the absurd bureaucracy that keeps the castle shut, and the rigid hierarchy of power among the self-serving bureaucrats themselves.

    Alan says: "A masculine and coquettish reading"
  • Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Monroe Clark McBride
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    As travelling salesman Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard - as if it were armor-plated - back, and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments, on top of which the bed quilt could hardly stay in place and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.

  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    In the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, salesmen turn into giant bugs, apes give lectures at college academies, and nightmares probe the mysteries of modern humanity’s unhappiness. More than any other modern writer in world literature, Kafka captures the loneliness and misery that fill the lives of 20th-century humanity.

    P. Madden says: "Frsutrated"
  • The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    “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"
  • Der Prozess | Franz Kafka

    Der Prozess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Erich Räuker
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    Als Josef K. eines Morgens aufwacht wird er überraschend verhaftet. Von einer mysteriösen Behörde soll ihm der Prozess gemacht werden. Im Laufe der Kapitel gerät K. in ein alptraumhaftes Labyrinth einer surrealen Bürokratie. K. dringt immer tiefer in dieses System ein, er erfährt Verschiedenes über die Hierarchien der "Gerichte", doch nie gelangt er zur höchsten Instanz, nie erfährt er, worin seine "Schuld" besteht. Gleichzeitig dringt das System immer weiter in K.s Leben ein. Schließlich muss er erkennen, dass der "Sinn dieser großen Organisation, dieser korrupten Bande", der Sinn dieses geheimnisvollen Prozesses die "Sinnlosigkeit" ist...

  • The Trial [Tantor Audio] | Franz Kafka

    The Trial [Tantor Audio]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
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    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....

  • The Castle | Franz Kafka

    The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    On his deathbed, Franz Kafka asked that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. This brilliant new translation of The Castle captures comedic elements and visual imagery that earlier interpretations missed.

    John says: "Obscure, enigmatic, and not for everyone"
  • The Trial | Franz Kafka,Mike Mitchell (translator)

    The Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, Mike Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
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    One of the great works of the 20th century, Kafka's The Trial has been read as a study of political power, a pessimistic religious parable, or a crime novel where the accused man is himself the problem. In it, a man wakes up one morning to find himself under arrest for an offence which is never explained. Faced with this ambiguous but threatening situation, Josef K. gradually succumbs to its psychological pressure.

    Patricia says: "Was my unabridged audible book missing a charpter?"
  • La Metamorfosis (Texto Completo) [The Metamorphosis ] | Franz Kafka

    La Metamorfosis (Texto Completo) [The Metamorphosis ]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ramón V. Pascual
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    Gregor Samsa, el protagonista, se despierta una mañana sintiendo extraños dolores. Asustado, se percata de que sus miembros no le responden, y además nota que su cuerpo pesa en exceso. Gregor vive con sus padres y hermana, y piensa en ellos y en su trabajo, cuando aquella mañana descubre que ha dejado de ser humano para convertirse en un bicho.

    Carolina says: "Para meditar"
  • The Trial [Alpha DVD] | Franz Kafka

    The Trial [Alpha DVD]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    Josef K. is an ordinary man who is arrested on his 30th birthday. He is prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, yet the nature of his crime is never revealed to him. One year after his arrest he is executed. His last words describe his own death: "Like a dog!"

    Pharmacist says: "Excellent reading of a classic book"
  • Das Schloß | Franz Kafka

    Das Schloß

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Michael Evers
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    In Franz Kafkas unvollendet gebliebenen Roman "Das Schloß" kommt der Landvermesser K. in ein Dorf, das in unmittelbarer Nähe zu einem Schloss liegt. Es gelingt K. nicht, in das Schloss zu gelangen, dessen bedrohliche Präsenz das Leben im Dorf bestimmt und die Bewohner in Angst und Anhängigkeit hält. Wer im Schloss residiert und worauf die Macht der vermeintlichen Schlossbewohner beruht, bleibt rätselhaft.

  • The Trial [Naxos AudioBooks] | Franz Kafka,David Whiting (translator)

    The Trial [Naxos AudioBooks]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, David Whiting (translator)
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
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    The Trial is one of the great works of the 20th century - an extraordinary vision of one man put on trial by an anonymous authority on an unspecified charge. Kafka evokes all the terrifying reality of his ordeal.

    amazon says: "great performance of a modernist masterpiece"
  • The Trial | Franz Kafka

    The Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    Joseph K. is an Everyman. His inconsequence makes doubly strange his arrest by an officer of the court, made with no formal charges or explanation. Disoriented and consumed with guilt for a "crime" he does not understand, Josef K. must justify his life to a "court" with which he cannot communicate. Through the court's relentless bureaucratic proceedings and absurd juxtapositions of different hypotheses of cause and effect, the whole rational structure of the world is undermined.

    Donald says: "dangers of a police state"
  • The Castle | Franz Kafka

    The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    The story of K - the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle and yet cannot go home - seems to depict, like a dream from the deepest recesses of consciousness, an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. A perpetual human condition lies at the heart of this labyrinthine world: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration.

    Stephen says: "Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)"
  • Die Verwandlung | Franz Kafka

    Die Verwandlung

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Karen Schulz-Vobach
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    Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt." So beginnt Kafkas wohl bekannteste Geschichte. Das Ungeheuerliche wird detailliert und sachlich, fast im Stile eines nüchternen Tatsachenberichts geschrieben.

  • Amerika: The Missing Person: A New Translation by Mark Harman Based on the Restored Text | Franz Kafka

    Amerika: The Missing Person: A New Translation by Mark Harman Based on the Restored Text

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    A Brilliant new translation of the great writer's least Kafkaesque novel, based on a German-language text that was produced by a team of international scholars and that is more faithful to Kafka's original manuscript than anything we have had before. With the same expert balance of precision and nuance that marked his translation of Kafka's The Castle, the award-winning translator Mark Harman now restores the humor and particularity of language to Amerika.

    tom says: "ha ha ha this is terrific"
  • Amerika: Sven Regener liest Franz Kafka | Franz Kafka

    Amerika: Sven Regener liest Franz Kafka

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Sven Regener
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    Kafka erscheint uns rätselhaft, dabei schreibt er doch eigentlich in einer schlichten Prosa, seine Schilderungen sind präzise, seine Personen reden in einfachen Worten und es wird weder um das, was sie tun, noch um das, das sie reden, noch um das, was ihnen zustößt, ein großes Gewese gemacht. Aber wir verstehen nicht. Oder glauben, nicht zu verstehen. Oder wir verstehen, können aber nicht sagen, was eigentlich.

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