Tom Whitworth delivers magnificent performances of work by Franz Kafka and Guy de Maupassant on this audiobook, The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. In the novella The Metamorphosis, protagonist Gregor Samsa wakes one morning to discover that he has transformed into a giant insect, putting tremendous pressure on his family. Whitworth is equally as compelling in his interpretations of de Maupassant’s short stories, which include: "The Englishman", "The Piece of String", "The Necklace", "A Crisis", "The Will", "Love", "The Inn", and "Was it a Dream?".
The story has been interpreted as everything from religious allegory to psychoanalytic case history, but works because, though written nearly a century ago, Kafka's fantastic imaginings convey a reality of their own. We surrender to Gregor's experience, which in a way becomes ours.
Also included are stories by Guy de Maupassant: "The Englishman", "The Piece of String", "The Necklace", "A Crisis", "The Will", "Love", "The Inn" and "Was it a Dream".
Translated by Stanley Appelbaum.
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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
What did you love best about The Metamorphosis and Other Stories?
The stories within this book are as strange as anything I've ever read (or rather, heard) in my life! However, reading from a higher-level philosophical standpoint, it is full of mind boggling depictions of human life and priorities which many short stories lack. Yet, it still is full of intrigue and plot, though one might have thought otherwise!
And, of course, Tom Whitworth's reading was wonderful! His voice is calm and deep and full of character and life! Plus, he's got a manly british accent, which is soothing to the ears.