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  • The Metamorphosis

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

No wonder Elias Canetti described it as "one of the few great and perfect works of the poetic imagination written". The Metamorphosis remains one of the best works of fiction in history. It is the story of a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up to find himself being transformed to an insect-like creature. The story unfolds into one of the greatest short fiction stories ever written.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is this really a person narrating?

  • By Jeanne Nix on 11-22-13

Change by Chris Selna is a much better version

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not this version. But as far as the book, yes. It's often cited as the greatest short story.

What did you like best about this story?

The premise and beautiful thoughts about the human condition, crappy jobs and family loyalties.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not nearly up to par with this classic story. Way too underplayed. Like I said earlier, my fave audiobook version is 'Change' by Chris Selna, narrated by Ron Herczig.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This my favorite book so on the 100th anniversary I listened to all the audiobook versions. By far the best was narrated by Ron Herczig and adapted by Chris Selna. The title is 'Change'.

  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

  • By: Franz Kafka, Guy de Maupassant
  • Narrated by: Tom Whitworth
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

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.

  • out of 5 stars
  • Kafka is STILL the Man!

  • By Dale on 08-23-09

Check out 'Change' by Chris Selna

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is an OK version. I've downloaded and listening to many versions of the Metamorphosis

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

Change by Chris Selna. Hysterical, heart breaking and shocking

  • Fledge

  • I Am Just Junco, Book 2
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Lisa Angelini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Junco Coot can't even remember her trip off Earth; she was too busy being morphed into her new avian body. But reality hits her hard when she wakes up to find her new life is not what she expected. Not even close. Tier is on trial for treason, the avian president wants her dead, her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit AI, and her only friend is a 10-year-old throwaway boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Junco My hero

  • By Sandra A on 05-25-16

Intoxicating voice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-15

If you could sum up Fledge in three words, what would they be?

Not for everyone

What other book might you compare Fledge to and why?

Change by Chris Selna. It also has intense performance narration.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Angelini – was your favorite?

Junco

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

Edge of my seat

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  • The Metamorphosis

  • A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky
  • By: Franz Kafka, Susan Bernofsky (translator)
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mysterious and beautiful

  • By Tad Davis on 05-02-15

Beautifully translated for the 100th anniversary

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely. A must listen esp. for HS and college students

Who was your favorite character and why?

The sister because of her freak out scene.

What aspect of Edoardo Ballerini’s performance would you have changed?

He gives a very soft, sensitive read. Good. As a huge fan of the material I preferred another version. It's called Change by Chris Selna. Much more unexpected interpretation.

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

It's already been two movies, a ballet, several plays

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Change

  • By: Chris Selna
  • Narrated by: Ron Herczig
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Robert Cavanaugh, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect. He looks around his room, which appears normal, and decides to go back to sleep to forget about what has happened. He attempts to roll over, only to discover that he cannot due to his new body - he is stuck on his hard, convex back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Feeling the Emotional Pain & Confusion - Gripping!

  • By DjRenn on 01-11-16

V. funny take on Kafka's Metamorphosis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-15

What did you love best about Change?

I hadn't read the Metamorphosis since college and didn't recall much. It was great to get reacquainted with this classic and hear a fresh, hysterical interpretation.

What did you like best about this story?

It was scary, funny, sad. Perfect insights about lousy jobs, family politics and the human condition.

What about Ron Herczig’s performance did you like?

Totally over the top and under the bottom. Really brought out the humor. The blue-color Boston accent was well done.

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

The humor was contrasted with terror and poignancy. I laughed, felt sad. Gave me lots to think about.

Any additional comments?

Probably Kafka's most accessible book. I finished it off in two sittings.

  • The Way Things Are

  • By: A.J. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Ron Herczig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

A night of drunken confusion at 19 resulted in Patrick Connelly fathering a child. Determined to be there for his son, Patrick walked away from a sport he loved and forever hid his sexuality. After Patrick's brutal divorce and a vicious hate crime, his son, Jay, has become obsessed with graffiti. Patrick moves Jay to Seattle. Within two weeks, Jay is arrested again. Thinking things can't get any worse, he's confronted by the sexiest man he's ever seen - his son's new probation officer, Ken Atkins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story good, narration slurred and plodding

  • By Patrick McDonald on 07-12-15

Intense story, beautifully narrated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-15

Where does The Way Things Are rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Patrick. A real stand up guy with a nasty ex, a son with a vandalism habit and a set of golden gloves.

What does Ron Herczig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rich, creamy sound. Great interp of sex scenes as well as action and internal monologue.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The image of making it while suspended above the Seattle waterfront.

Any additional comments?

Curious to hear more from this author and narrator.

  • The 7 Triggers to Yes

  • The New Science Behind Influencing People's Decisions
  • By: Russell Granger
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The 7 Triggers to Yes will help you become more influential and persuasive with the simplest and most effective formula for using neuroscience-based emotional triggers. For business owners, executives, managers, and sales people - as well as fundraisers, politicians, and entrepreneurs - success depends on the ability to engage and change people's hearts and minds. You will learn not only how recent science has revealed the biological mechanisms behind human decision-making, but how to use that knowledge to your advantage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required listening for boosting your influence

  • By SHIPS FROM NYC on 07-28-15

Required listening for boosting your influence

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-15

What made the experience of listening to The 7 Triggers to Yes the most enjoyable?

Being in the legal profession, I’m always looking for ways to boost my influence. This book delivered. It has timeless truths about the emotional forces that are the real factors in what may seem like the clear-cut, logical decisions.

What did you like best about this story?

How simply the 7 principles are conveyed and instantly actionable.

What about Tom Parks’s performance did you like?

He's ideal for this topic. Pitch-perfect execution.

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

It's like the Jedi-mind trick for business people.

Any additional comments?

I'd be interested in a workshop version I can bring in for on-site team training.

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  • The Elevator

  • By: Anthony O'Brian
  • Narrated by: Ron Herczig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Just when you thought you were safe! A beautiful August day in New York City turns into a struggle for survival as technology threatens to turn its security measures into a weapon from which there is no escape. Jacqueline Defray learns the hard truth that life is never completely safe, while Timothy Gillette and Mark Fetterman fight to unravel a mystery man's appearance and control over the Dwight building in Lower Manhattan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One wild ride

  • By SHIPS FROM NYC on 12-13-14

One wild ride

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-14

Where does The Elevator rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elevator?

The hero rappelling down a dark elevator shaft sans rappelling gear

Which scene was your favorite?

When the love interest thinks she's been betrayed

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

no

4 of 4 people found this review helpful