The Castle

  • by Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Howard
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This new edition of Kafka's terrifying and comic masterpiece is the product of an international team of experts who used Kafka's original text and notes to render this story as close to the author's vision as possible. Kafka's final novel tells the haunting tale of a man's relentless struggle with authority in order to gain entrance to the Castle.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. An unfinished novel that feels strangely complete, The Castle uses absurd fantasy to reveal a profound truth.

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What the Critics Say

"To read Kafka is always a surprising encounter. It shocks literary conventions and takes you with a jolt to the depths of the soul....The new translation by Harman restores Kafka to Kafka." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"A necessary acquisition for anyone interested in Kafka." (Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderful reading (but will strange interruptions)

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Because it captures the rhythms of Kafka's prose nicely.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No


Any additional comments?

For some reason, Howard's reading was periodically (rarely but recurring) interrupted by another voice (or Howard's voice on a different day and under different conditions). It sounded as though someone had come along after the initial recording and inserted new material. I found these interjections strange and frustrating. It seemed far less than professional to me.

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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.