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    • Metamorphosis

    • A BBC Radio 4 Reading
    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    Benedict Cumberbatch reads the enduring classic of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Gregor Samsa wakes to discover that he has turned into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. He attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible creature he has become. First published in 1915, Kafka's darkly comic novella explores concepts such as the absurdity of life, alienation and the disconnect between mind and body.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Sad

    • By ilene on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $10.65

    • The Trial

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 220

    If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread. Fortunately, Brod ignored his friend's wishes and published The Trial, which became the author's most famous work. Now Kafka's enigmatic novel regains its humor and stylistic elegance in a new translation based on the restored original manuscript.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Snorre on 11-23-08

    Regular price: $23.95

    • 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 428
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392

    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

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 95

    In the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, salesmen turn into giant bugs, apes give lectures at college academies, and nightmares probe the mysteries of modern humanity’s unhappiness. More than any other modern writer in world literature, Kafka captures the loneliness and misery that fill the lives of 20th-century humanity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Translation, Excellent Narration!

    • By Ryan on 03-24-13

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Castle

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    On his deathbed, Franz Kafka asked that all his unpublished manuscripts be burned. Fortunately, his request was ignored, allowing such works as The Trial to earn recognition among the literary masterpieces of the 20th century. This brilliant new translation of The Castle captures comedic elements and visual imagery that earlier interpretations missed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Obscure, enigmatic, and not for everyone

    • By John on 02-08-06

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: J.D. Kelly
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • when a great classic meets a great voice

    • By Rebecca Azizov on 12-31-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Trial

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Joseph K. is an Everyman. His inconsequence makes doubly strange his arrest by an officer of the court, made with no formal charges or explanation. Disoriented and consumed with guilt for a "crime" he does not understand, Josef K. must justify his life to a "court" with which he cannot communicate. Through the court's relentless bureaucratic proceedings and absurd juxtapositions of different hypotheses of cause and effect, the whole rational structure of the world is undermined.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • dangers of a police state

    • By Donald on 09-29-09

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Trial

    • By: Franz Kafka, Mike Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    One of the great works of the 20th century, Kafka's The Trial has been read as a study of political power, a pessimistic religious parable, or a crime novel where the accused man is himself the problem. In it, a man wakes up one morning to find himself under arrest for an offence which is never explained. Faced with this ambiguous but threatening situation, Josef K. gradually succumbs to its psychological pressure.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Was my unabridged audible book missing a charpter?

    • By Patricia on 07-22-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Castle

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    The story of K - the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle and yet cannot go home - seems to depict, like a dream from the deepest recesses of consciousness, an inexplicable truth about the nature of existence. A perpetual human condition lies at the heart of this labyrinthine world: dualities of certainty and doubt, hope and fear, reason and nonsense, harmony and disintegration.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)

    • By Stephen on 12-19-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Trial [Naxos AudioBooks]

    • By: Franz Kafka, David Whiting (translator)
    • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    The Trial is one of the great works of the 20th century - an extraordinary vision of one man put on trial by an anonymous authority on an unspecified charge. Kafka evokes all the terrifying reality of his ordeal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Slow & calm

    • By Alan on 05-03-12

    Regular price: $33.59

    • The Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Don Amodio
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    The Metamorphosis is a novella written by Franz Kafka that was first published in 1915.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A complex classic story.

    • By cosmitron on 04-11-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Trial [Alpha DVD]

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    Josef K. is an ordinary man who is arrested on his 30th birthday. He is prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, yet the nature of his crime is never revealed to him. One year after his arrest he is executed. His last words describe his own death: "Like a dog!"

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent reading of a classic book

    • By Pharmacist on 03-07-11

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 846
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 758
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 764

    “One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kafka-esque terrific

    • By Patrick Weldon on 03-19-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Der Prozess

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Erich Räuker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Als Josef K. eines Morgens aufwacht wird er überraschend verhaftet. Von einer mysteriösen Behörde soll ihm der Prozess gemacht werden. Im Laufe der Kapitel gerät K. in ein alptraumhaftes Labyrinth einer surrealen Bürokratie. K. dringt immer tiefer in dieses System ein, er erfährt Verschiedenes über die Hierarchien der "Gerichte", doch nie gelangt er zur höchsten Instanz, nie erfährt er, worin seine "Schuld" besteht. Gleichzeitig dringt das System immer weiter in K.s Leben ein. Schließlich muss er erkennen, dass der "Sinn dieser großen Organisation, dieser korrupten Bande", der Sinn dieses geheimnisvollen Prozesses die "Sinnlosigkeit" ist...

    Regular price: $4.43

    • Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka, David Wyllie - translator
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Franz Kafka's profound and disturbing novella Metamorphosis was first published in German in 1915. In this recent translation by David Wyllie, Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman, wakes to find himself "transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin". How he, his family, and others deal with this untoward situation is subsequently revealed.

    Regular price: $9.99

    • In the Penal Colony

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Peter Yearsley
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    "In the Penal Colony" ("In der Strafkolonie") (also translated as "In the Penal Settlement") is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, revised in November 1918, and first published in October 1919. The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau's "The Torture Garden" as an influence

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Le procès

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Michel Dodane
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Le jour de son arrestation, K. ouvre la porte de sa chambre pour s'informer de son petit-déjeuner et amorce ainsi une dynamique du questionnement qui s'appuie, tout au long du roman, sur cette métaphore de la porte. Accusé d'une faute qu'il ignore par des juges qu'il ne voit jamais et conformément à des lois que personne ne peut lui enseigner, il va pousser un nombre ahurissant de portes pour tenter de démêler la situation.

    Regular price: $5.00

    • Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    The Metamorphosis, a novella by Franz Kafka, is often cited as one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a gigantic insect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I read it as a story, not a metaphor

    • By Margaret E. Hess on 01-28-18

    Regular price: $6.50

    • The Best of Franz Kafka's Short Stories

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Lotte Lenya
    • Length: 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Lotte Lenya reads "Up In The Gallery", "The Cares of a Family Man", "The Bucket Rider", "A Hunger Artist", and "A Fratricide."

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Grandiloquent

    • By Camilo on 07-31-11

    Regular price: $7.22

    • Amerika

    • The Missing Person: A New Translation by Mark Harman Based on the Restored Text
    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    A Brilliant new translation of the great writer's least Kafkaesque novel, based on a German-language text that was produced by a team of international scholars and that is more faithful to Kafka's original manuscript than anything we have had before. With the same expert balance of precision and nuance that marked his translation of Kafka's The Castle, the award-winning translator Mark Harman now restores the humor and particularity of language to Amerika.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ha ha ha this is terrific

    • By tom on 01-29-14
    • The Missing Person: A New Translation by Mark Harman Based on the Restored Text
    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 02-19-09
    • 4 out of 5 stars 41 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

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