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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 215
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      5 out of 5 stars 196
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    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 Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    "The Metamorphosis" (German: "Die Verwandlung") is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a "monstrous vermin".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $0.94

    • The Trial

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 392
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 267
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      4 out of 5 stars 268

    If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread.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
    • Excellent New Translation of a Classic Novel

    • By Michael on 08-12-12

    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 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 489
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 445

    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 Trial

    • By: Franz Kafka, Mike Mitchell - translator
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 87

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • questions are better than answers

    • By Ashton on 09-30-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Michael Scott
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "The Metamorphosis", first published in 1915, is the story of Gregor Samsa, a young traveling salesman who lives with his family and financially supports his parents and younger sister. One morning he awakes to discover that during the night he has been transformed into a horrible bug. Although somewhat of a horror genre, the story is often very funny as Gregor, his family, and those around him deal with their own transformations as a result of this odd predicament.

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    • The Trial [Alpha DVD]

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    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 and Other Stories

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 107

    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 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 146
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    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 Castle

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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 Castle

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 73

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masculine and coquettish reading

    • By Alan on 05-27-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Der Prozeß

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Christian Brückner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Der Bankbeamte Josef K. wird von einem geheimnisvollen Gericht angeklagt und zum Tode verurteilt. Er kennt die Schuld nicht, die ihm zur Last gelegt wird...

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    • The Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 859
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      4 out of 5 stars 771
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      4 out of 5 stars 777

    “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

    • La Metamorfosi

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Giancarlo De Angeli, Mino Manni, Tina Venturi
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    La Metamorfosi è il racconto più famoso di Franz Kafka. Fu pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1915 e racconta l’incredibile vicenda del commesso...

    Regular price: $5.07

    • In the Penal Colony

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Peter Yearsley
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    "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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a bit confusing, but not for Kafka fans

    • By joseph Gonzalez on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Der Prozess

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Erich Räuker
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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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    • La Metamorfosis (Texto Completo) [The Metamorphosis ]

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Ramón V. Pascual
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Un Clásico por su valor historico

    • By Alan on 04-20-18

    Regular price: $10.50

    • The Trial [Tantor Audio]

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The Trial tells the story of a man arrested for an unknown crime by a remote, inaccessible authority and his struggle for control over the increasing absurdity of his life. One of Franz Kafka's best-known works, The Trial has been variously interpreted as an examination of political power, a satirical depiction of bureaucracy, and a pessimistic religious parable. Left unfinished at the time of Kafka's 1924 death, The Trial is nevertheless a trenchant depiction of the seemingly incomprehensible nature of existence....

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Trial

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    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

    • A Hunger Artist

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Cori Samuel
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8

    A Hunger Artist. the last book Kafka prepared for publication, was printed after Kafka's death. The protagonist, a hunger artist who experiences the decline in appreciation of his craft, is an archetypical creation of Kafka: an individual marginalized and victimized by society at large.

    Regular price: $3.95

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