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  • The Metamorphosis

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: Chris Hendrie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Classic Kafka. Versatile actor Chris Hendrie brings this interesting, odd and unusual tale to vivid life. This unabridged novella is the bizarre story of a young man, Gregor Samsa, who is mysteriously and instantaneously transformed into a monstrous cockroach. Need I say more?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story, a good read for anyone.

  • By Daniel on 07-20-12

Poor Production values!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

The book is not professionally produced. Or the transfer. It gets extremely quiet 1/3 of the way through. Then goes loud. Then quiet. I’ve found the same issue with this company on other books. I love the story, but kinda would like my money back as the production values are so poor. Kafka was a master.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Demian

  • The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth
  • By: Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Here is the dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent - led by precocious schoolmate Max Demian - into a secret and dangerous world of petty crime and revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Demian

  • By Debra on 12-08-08

Moralist sounding Narration overdoes the story for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Demian is marked as “Cain” of the story “Cain and Able”. Using that story as a jumping off point this is a reversal of “chosen ones” born with secret knowledge. Demian is a kind of guide for Emil Sinclair. If you read Carl Jung, you’ll quickly see that much of the story was drawn from that. The problem for me isnt so much the story but the telling of it. Something about the Jeff Woodman’s reading for this book was off. It feels very pretentious especially when there isn’t a story being told but Emil Sinclair’s thoughts being hashed out. I wanted to vomit in these sections - reminded me of narration on Christian Right Wing radio. So, for me, a better narrator who could temper the story without coming off as preachy would have served this project better. I usually am careful listening to the audible reading samples, I missed this one. Listen to Carl Jung’s “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” instead. You’ll get the exact story with far greater depth and insight and far superior narration.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful