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The Metamorphosis is a short novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into an insect.

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when a great classic meets a great voice

I love this story very much it's a good classic and the narrator was absolutely great the story itself it's a well-known story and when I seen it I knew I need this book in my personal Library

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Excellent audio version of a classic tale.

J.D. Kelly's version of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis is very good. Kelly's tone throughout this story makes the main character believable. It is not easy to sound like a man who's personality and lifestyle are so constrained by the singular focus of his job and by his pathologically narrowed range of affect that even being turned (overnight) into a grotesque beetle is taken in stride and fails to trigger any sort of hysteria/terror.

This story is brilliant in that the overarching message is so powerful that it allows the reader to move briskly through the metamorphosis to the conclusion in which we accept what has always been most important to all of the characters from the beginning (financial well-being/survival within current societal constraints). The main character having become a beetle and eventually perishing as a result of the metamorphosis becomes the elephant in the room that everyone comes to accept and brush aside despite it's enormity and outlandishness.

To pull the reader into that degree of complicity with such insane characters one must be a phenomenal writer, as Kafka was, but in this case the process is helped along quite a bit by Kelly's matter of fact narration style. Kelly is masterful at doling out emotion in very small controlled portions and maintaining a Keep Calm and Carry On tone throughout the entire story.

I absolutely recommend both this author and this narrator to other readers. Thank you Audio Book Boom and J.D. Kelly for this complimentary copy of Kafka's The Metamorphosis in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.

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a true classic

I received for free for an honest review. truly enjoyed the audible version of this classic tale. an interesting take on how a family would handle an internal crisis.

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Great!

Fantastic narration for this literary classic!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 01-08-18

Classic Story, well narrated

The Metamorphosis is Franz Kafka's classic 1915 Russian tale of a young man, Gregor, who wakes up one day to find himself turned into the a giant bug.

The story shows Gregor's family, who had relied on him for money, blaming him, resenting him and then dealing with the fallout of the change. It deal with themes of isolation, sympathy and alienation.

While it is a short read, it is fairly dense in imagery and ideas. I had previously had to read in in high school, and I wish that audiobook versions had been readily available back then.

J.D. Kelly narrated the book well. He is clear, well paced, and enjoyable to listen to. There is nothing outstanding in the narration, in terms of characters or voices, but the book doesn't have a large amount of dialogue that lends itself to that.


I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Awaken As An Insect. Useless

Gregor awakes one morning as an insect..worries he cannot go to his job as a traveling salesmen which he hates. He is paying off his fathers debt to his employer. There is a feeling of being used, unappreciated and unloved by his family, except his sister
The story addresses his family’s reactions and his
The narrator was incredible. Gregor appears somewhat unaffected by this transformation
as if this is what he expects from his life. Sad and disturbing. Thought provoking.

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Such a great story

I am sad to say I never read this before. I love the strangeness of the tale as a whole. I don't care why and I don't care whether there is a deeper social commentary to be explained. I love the fact that something truly horrible and unexplained happened and the tale unfolds from there. This is the kind of story that keeps me reading. Now I am looking for my next fix.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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Classic?

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

Listening to any book is time well spent. I enjoyed this book for its sheer wackiness. I was very interested in this because I have heard a lot of great things about it over the years. Just not sure why this became a classic. I get the point he was trying to make about how someone can suddenly start feeling alienated from their family or society, but I would not say that this is the best way of displaying it. Metamorphosis is metaphor.

If you’ve listened to books by Franz Kafka before, how does this one compare?

I have not listened or read anything by him before.

Have you listened to any of J.D. Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure if I listened to anything narrated by J.D. Kelly before but he did a great job in the narration.

Was The Metamorphosis worth the listening time?

Yeah. I had to experience it.

Any additional comments?

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Amir
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 12-30-17

A Faithful Narration of The Metamorphosis

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Gregor Samsa is a salesman, who wakes up one day and find himself turned into a giant insect. Kafka's works and especially The Metamorphosis, depicts a dark and nightmarish world where we're powerless against the aristocrats, authorities, and most of all our parents. This world is not an unfamiliar to any of us, because we all experience at some point of our life when we’re bullied and ridiculed by our friends, society and our families. Kafka was a depressed person and you can understand this just by reading this book. The Metamorphosis is like a peephole to Kafka’s life. J.D Kelly did fantastic job narrating this novella. He narrates the story in a way that you understand, and feel, our protagonist, Gregor Samsa’s character. He's narration carried me through the story and I found it very easy to finish this audiobook in one sitting.I recommend to everyone to listen to this audiobook!I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A great Classic read by a good narrator....

The Metamorphosis is the story of Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning finding he has become an insect over night.

It is very interesting indeed to see what a strong effect this change has on both him and his familiy. Everybody forgets rather quickly that - despite the metamorphosis, the ,victim' is still Gregor after all. Only he just doesn't fit anymore.

I think it could easily happen to anyone to wake up one morning and to find him or herself having become an insect. Probably it does all the time. Of course not in a literal sense, but things might be very different from how they used to be the day before.

I found this book really worthwhile to listen to and especially the voice of JD Kelly kept me hooked to the very end.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.