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Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka's famous story of man-turned-insect, Metamorphosis.

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After a night of troubled dreams, Gregor Samsa wakes to discover that he has turned into a huge, monstrous, cockroach-like creature, with an armour-plated back and multiple limbs. 

Gradually, he comes to terms with his new state - but his parents and sister are horrified and increasingly revolted. To them, Gregor is unclean, verminous and entirely repellent, and as he becomes more and more of a burden, their horror turns to a terrible indifference.... 

First published in 1915, Kafka's surreal existential novella explores concepts such as the absurdity of life, alienation and the disconnect between mind and body. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek, The Imitation Game), this tale - often described as one of the greatest in the history of fiction - is chilling, captivating and darkly comic. 

©2018 BBC Digital Audio (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

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Very Sad

Emotional story of humanity and much more. With a narrator like this you want it to go on forever just to hear his voice. Beautiful job.

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One of the best, with amazing narration

This was already one of my favorite books. Add Benedict Cumberbatch? =magic. Get this now.

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Great narration

I could listen to Benedict Cumberbatch any day! This story was quite odd and I actually expected a different ending! But I encourage you to listen to the whole thing!

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Well Done

Read this a long time ago, but really loved hearing Benedict Cumberbatch read it.

#QuirkyFamilies #FishOutofWater #Germany #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Amazing Story and Narrator

Benedict Cumberbatch has done an excellent job narrating this story. Although he can be hard to follow only sometimes, he adds a personality to the story that you couldn't get any other way. The story itself is wonderful, but I think it requires more than one read (or listen in this case). There are an abundance of metaphors that just require more thought to be noticed. The only thing that I would change is that I would flesh out the ending a but more.

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  • af
  • 09-13-18

The Metamorphosis

Benedict Cumberbatch does a fabulous job, and I was very pleased with the overall tone. I did, however, have trouble with some of the editing choices made by the BBC. Large swaths of text have been cut in odd places.

For those of you using this to teach, this is the Richard Stokes translation.

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  • SJ
  • 09-02-18

Great reading, stupid story

The reader was interesting and his voice is somewhat soothing, but the story is dreadful.

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good read

short book but very deep. i enjoyed listening to it. it has a rich story and a very nice meaning behind it.

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Good short listen

We'll narrated by Benadryl Cucumberbatch. Nice bits of transitional music. A short and sad story.

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Great Narration

This makes me wish Cumberbatch did more narration work. He did a great job of bringing this classic to life and not making it feel dated—which can happen from time to time with some narrators.

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  • Bronny Jones
  • 01-10-18

Enjoyed the narration more than the story.

I found this a strange but interesting story, not something I would usually listen to but got because I am a big fan of Benedict. His narration is amazing, such a rich voice and i like how he gives the characters their own voices too. I dont think I completely understood the meaning of the story but enjoyed it nonetheless. Would definitely recommend to other Benedict fans, and would listen again just for the narration.

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  • TheNameless
  • 09-25-18

Beautifully read, strange and sad

For such a short story, Metamorphosis packs a powerful emotional punch, which is made all the greater by Benedict Cumberbatch's beautiful narration. He draws every ounce of feeling from the words, without ever crossing the line into melodrama.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-18

great story, fantastic narration

The story was a wondeful commentary on capitalist society and the family, while Benedict Cumberbatch's narration was perfect.

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  • luke
  • 02-03-18

Franz by Benedict Cumberbatch

BC reads the story in a way that makes it easily deciphered and able to follow, a problem I had when reading the book solo.