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  • The Trial | Franz Kafka

    The Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread.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.

    Snorre says: "Brilliant"
  • The Metamorphosis: A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky | Franz Kafka,Susan Bernofsky (translator)

    The Metamorphosis: A New Translation by Susan Bernofsky

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, Susan Bernofsky (translator)
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Tad Davis says: "Mysterious and beautiful"
  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    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.

    P. Madden says: "Frsutrated"
  • The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Doyle
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    "The Metamorphosis" (1915) is a novella by Franz Kafka. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Gregor's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible, verminous being Gregor has become.

    Kathleen says: "Interesting book"
  • The Trial | Franz Kafka

    The Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    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.

    Donald says: "dangers of a police state"
  • La Metamorfosis (Texto Completo) [The Metamorphosis ] | Franz Kafka

    La Metamorfosis (Texto Completo) [The Metamorphosis ]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ramón V. Pascual
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    Gregor Samsa, el protagonista, se despierta una mañana sintiendo extraños dolores. Asustado, se percata de que sus miembros no le responden, y además nota que su cuerpo pesa en exceso. Gregor vive con sus padres y hermana, y piensa en ellos y en su trabajo, cuando aquella mañana descubre que ha dejado de ser humano para convertirse en un bicho.

    Cliente Amazon says: "Molesto de escuchar"
  • Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka,David Wyllie - translator

    Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, David Wyllie - translator
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    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.

  • The Trial [Alpha DVD] | Franz Kafka

    The Trial [Alpha DVD]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    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!"

    Pharmacist says: "Excellent reading of a classic book"
  • The Castle | Franz Kafka

    The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    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.

    John says: "Obscure, enigmatic, and not for everyone"
  • Scrisoare catre tata | Franz Kafka

    Scrisoare catre tata

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Marius Manole
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    "Draga tata, M-ai întrebat odata, acum de curând, de ce sustin ca mi-e frica de tine. Ca de obicei, n-am stiut ce sa-ti raspund, în parte tocmai pentru ca mi-e frica de tine, în parte pentru ca frica asta se întemeiaza pe prea multe elemente ca sa ti le pot enumera macar pe jumatate stând de vorba cu tine. Si daca încerc acum sa-ti raspund în scris, raspunsul meu va fi foarte incomplet, pentru ca si în scris, frica si urmarile ei ma paralizeaza în fata ta si pentru ca proportiile acestei situatii depasesc cu mult puterile memoriei si ratiunii mele."

  • La Métamorphose | Franz Kafka

    La Métamorphose

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By François Hatt
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    Lorsque Gregor Samsa aperçoit son corps recouvert d'une carapace et constate que des pattes lui ont poussé dans la nuit, il croit à un mauvais rêve et ne s'inquiète pas outre mesure. Pourtant, la métamorphose est bien réelle.

    Julien D. says: "Excellente histoire!"
  • The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    “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.

    Patrick Weldon says: "Kafka-esque terrific"
  • The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Chris Hendrie
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    Classic Kafka. Versatile actor Chris Hendrie brings this interesting, odd and unusual tale to vivid life. This unabridged novella is the bizarre story of a young man, Gregor Samsa, who is mysteriously and instantaneously transformed into a monstrous cockroach. Need I say more?

    Daniel says: "Very good story, a good read for anyone."
  • Die Verwandlung | Franz Kafka

    Die Verwandlung

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Peter Simonischek
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    Der Tuchhändler Gregor Samsa erwacht eines Morgens in Gestalt eines riesigen Käfers. Seine Familie reagiert schockiert und hilflos, hatte er doch bislang für ihrer aller Unterhalt gesorgt. Anfangs pflegen und füttern sie ihren ehemaligen Sohn und Bruder noch, doch mehr und mehr überwiegt der Ekel vor dem Ungeheuer. Die Situation eskaliert, als Gregor von seinem Vater lebensbedrohlich verletzt wird. Gregors Verwandlung ist ein stiller Aufschrei gegen Ohnmacht und Unmenschlichkeit in der modernen Welt.

  • Metamorfoza | Franz Kafka

    Metamorfoza

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Razvan Vasilescu
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    "Geniul lui Kafka este de a povesti ca pe o poveste reala, de a folosi realismul in descrierea unei situatii enorm fictionale. (...) Din clipa in care axioma metamorfozei imposibile este pusa pe tapet, lucrurile curg de la sine ca in cea mai realista poveste din lume. Care este suprema grozavie pe care poate s-o pateasca un om? Este sa cada intr-o nenorocire, sa isi imagineze ca este sprijinit de cei din jurul lui, ca este sustinut, ca nu e singur pe lume si ca el va iesi pana la urma la liman cu ajutorul celorlalti; ori povestea din Metamorfoza este povestea parasirii treptate.

  • The Castle | Franz Kafka

    The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    A land-surveyor, known only as K., arrives at a small village permanently covered in snow and dominated by a castle to which access seems permanently denied. K.'s attempts to discover why he has been called constantly run up against the peasant villagers, who are in thrall to the absurd bureaucracy that keeps the castle shut, and the rigid hierarchy of power among the self-serving bureaucrats themselves.

    Alan says: "A masculine and coquettish reading"
  • The Hunger Artist | Franz Kafka

    The Hunger Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Paul Brion
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    Franz Kafka's haunting short story about a man both on display and marginalized by a fickle society.

    Thucydides says: "Well told classic Kafka short story"
  • Metamorphosis: A BBC Radio 4 Reading

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
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    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.

  • The Trial | Franz Kafka,Mike Mitchell (translator)

    The Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka, Mike Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Patricia says: "Was my unabridged audible book missing a charpter?"
  • Der Prozess | Franz Kafka

    Der Prozess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Erich Räuker
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    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...

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