• by Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by Martin Jarvis
  • 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. This extraordinary tale of imagination was written by Kafka against the backdrop of increasing turmoil in central Europe and remains not just an affecting tale but a disturbing allegory.


What the Critics Say

"Kafka expertly portrays the vagaries of the human heart in a recording that the gifted Martin Jarvis elevates to an audio classic, employing his storytelling skills and knowing inflections in a lively and charming narration occasionally punctuated by scratchy, whimsical violins....This unforgettable audio movie is vivid and disturbing, shot through with black humor." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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very different story

This was a very differnt story - one about a young man who wakes up as an insect. It was a little strange, but the narration was excellent and it held my interest. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending. I thought it was a little abrupt.
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- reggie p "reggie"


Any additional comments?

Physiologically, no insect could ever be as large as a human being.

Thus, this short story’s premise of a young man waking up one morning as a huge insect is completely absurd.

Yet, the story is masterfully written in such a matter-of-fact style that the listener grants it almost undoubted plausibility.

The resulting nightmarish quality provides a lasting memory that brings one to ponder on social stigma and integration.

It is definitely a very worthwhile purchase.

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- Pierre Gauthier

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2005
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks