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  • 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 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    If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread.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 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 (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!"
  • Metamorphosis: A BBC Radio 4 Reading

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
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    Benedict Cumberbatch reads the enduring classic of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Gregor Samsa wakes to discover that he has turned into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. He attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible creature he has become. First published in 1915, Kafka's darkly comic novella explores concepts such as the absurdity of life, alienation and the disconnect between mind and body.

  • The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Pete Cross
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    The Metamorphosis is a story that follows the life of Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman. The story begins when one morning Gregor wakes to find himself transformed into a large insectlike creature. His family and colleagues have growing concern at his absence from work but, upon checking on him, are horrified by his grotesque appearance. The story then follows Gregor's thought process, since the family can no longer understand his language.

    Heather says: "So POWERFUL in it's simplicity!"
  • 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"
  • In the Penal Colony |  Franz Kafka

    In the Penal Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Jared Ristau-Hernandez
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    "It's a peculiar apparatus," said the Officer to the Traveler, gazing with a certain admiration at the device, with which he was, of course, thoroughly familiar. It appeared that the Traveler had responded to the invitation of the Commandant only out of politeness, when he had been invited to attend the execution of a soldier condemned for disobeying and insulting his superior. Of course, interest in the execution was not very high, not even in the penal colony itself.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Doyle
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    "The Metamorphosis" (1915) is a novella by Franz Kafka. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible, verminous being Gregor has become.

  • 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"
  • La Metamorfosi | Franz Kafka

    La Metamorfosi

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Giancarlo De Angeli, Mino Manni, Tina Venturi
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    La Metamorfosi è il racconto più famoso di Franz Kafka. Fu pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1915 e racconta l’incredibile vicenda del commesso...

  • Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka,David Wyllie - translator

    Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, David Wyllie - translator
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    Franz Kafka's profound and disturbing novella Metamorphosis was first published in German in 1915. In this recent translation by David Wyllie, Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman, wakes to find himself "transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin". How he, his family, and others deal with this untoward situation is subsequently revealed.

  • 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.

    Cliente Amazon says: "Molesto de escuchar"
  • 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.

  • 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 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"
  • In the Penal Colony | Franz Kafka

    In the Penal Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Peter Yearsley
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    "In the Penal Colony" ("In der Strafkolonie") (also translated as "In the Penal Settlement") is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, revised in November 1918, and first published in October 1919. The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau's "The Torture Garden" as an influence

  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories | Franz Kafka,Guy de Maupassant

    The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, Guy de Maupassant
    • Narrated By Tom Whitworth
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    The Metamorphosis begins as its protagonist, Gregor Samsa, wakes up one morning to find that he has become a huge insect. This change is understandably difficult for Gregor, not to mention his family and business. It ends up costing him his life.

    Dale says: "Kafka is STILL the Man!"
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