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  • 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 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    If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread.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"
  • Metamorphosis: A BBC Radio 4 Reading

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • 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 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 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 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.

    Ryan says: "Excellent Translation, Excellent Narration!"
  • 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 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"
  • 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 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 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"
  • Die Verwandlung | Franz Kafka

    Die Verwandlung

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Thomas Gehringer
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    Als der junge Handlungsreisende Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus seinen Träumen erwacht, findet er sich plötzlich als ungeheures Insekt wieder. Gregor, der zwar unter der Trostlosigkeit und der Härte seiner Umwelt zu leiden hat, denkt jedoch zu aller erst daran, dass er wohl zu spät zur Arbeit kommen wird. Natürlich ist auch Gregors Familie angewidert von seinem Anblick, lässt den Sohn aber solange bei sich wohnen, bis schließlich... Gregor Samsa, von vielen als literarisches alter ego Franz Kafkas betrachtet, lässt Sie nicht mehr los, wenn sich seine Gedanken um seine Metamorphose entfesseln.

  • The Castle | Franz Kafka

    The Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
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    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.

    Stephen says: "Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)"
  • The Trial [Tantor Audio] | Franz Kafka

    The Trial [Tantor Audio]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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....

  • Thalia Book Club: Studio 360 Explores Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis | Franz Kafka

    Thalia Book Club: Studio 360 Explores Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Kurt Andersen, Ben Marcus, Helen Phillips, and others
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    The Metamorphosis, first published in 1915, has captivated readers and artists for 100 years. Studio 360's Kurt Andersen leads spirited conversation exploring the classic story and its impact on arts and culture with guests Ben Marcus (Leaving the Sea), Helen Phillips (The Beautiful Bureaucrat), Eric Jarosinski (NeinQuarterly), and translator Susan Bernofsky. With a reading by Heather Burns (Bored to Death).

  • The Best of Franz Kafka's Short Stories | Franz Kafka

    The Best of Franz Kafka's Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Lotte Lenya
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    Lotte Lenya reads "Up In The Gallery", "The Cares of a Family Man", "The Bucket Rider", "A Hunger Artist", and "A Fratricide."

    Camilo says: "Grandiloquent"
  • Die Verwandlung | Franz Kafka

    Die Verwandlung

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Martin May
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    "Die Verwandlung" gehört zu den wenigen Werken, die noch zu Kafkas Lebzeiten veröffentlicht wurden. Sie entstand im November/Dezember 1912 in drei Teilen. Ursprünglich nur eine kleine Idee, für die Kafka die Arbeit am Roman "Der Verschollene" (Amerika) unterbrach, wuchs sie sich schnell zu einer recht umfangreichen Novelle aus.

  • In the Penal Colony | Franz Kafka

    In the Penal Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Peter Yearsley
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    "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

  • La metamorfosis [The Metamorphosis] | Franz Kafka

    La metamorfosis [The Metamorphosis]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Macu Gómez
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    Gregorio tenía un buen trabajo, era viajante y llevaba adelante a toda su familia. Una mañana Gregorio amanece con cuerpo de insecto, a consecuencia de esto se queda en su cuarto por miedo a que le vean sus familiares; estos le llamaban desesperadamente para que fuera a trabajar. Gregorio intenta ponerse en pie y acomodarse a su nuevo cuerpo, que todavía no domina.

  • A Report for an Academy | Franz Kafka

    A Report for an Academy

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Martin Reyto
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    "A Report to an Academy" (German: "Ein Bericht für eine Akademie") is a short story by Franz Kafka, written and published in 1917. In the story, an ape named Red Peter, who has learned to behave like a human, presents to an academy the story of how he effected his transformation. The story was first published by Martin Buber in the German monthly Der Jude, along with another of Kafka's stories, "Jackals and Arabs" ("Schakale und Araber").

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