The Metamorphosis

  • by Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

“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 startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first 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.
A harrowing - though absurdly comic - meditation on human feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the most widely read and influential works of 20th-century fiction. As W. H. Auden wrote, “Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man.”
FRANZ KAFKA (1883–1924), one of the major fiction writers of the twentieth century, was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague. His unique body of writing, much of which is incomplete and was mainly published posthumously, is considered by some people to be among the most influential in Western literature, inspiring such writers as Albert Camus, Rex Warner, and Samuel Beckett.

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What the Critics Say

“In The Metamorphosis Kafka reached the height of his mastery: he wrote something which he could never surpass, because there is nothing which The Metamorphosis could be surpassed by - one of the few great, perfect poetic works of this century.” (Elias Canetti, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981)

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Customer Reviews

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Kafka-esque terrific

Would you listen to The Metamorphosis again? Why?

A true classic. Works very well on audible. Almost a short story, but a wonderful narrative.


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- Patrick Weldon

Depressing, but good book

Would you listen to The Metamorphosis again? Why?

Yes, because it is always good to read about human nature.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Gregor Samsa. All the others are more disgusting than the creature he becomes.


Did Ralph Cosham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

This was the second book I heard with this narrator. I didn't like him very much. It's a matter of taste, but I didn't like his voice and his interpretations. He sounded rather monotonous.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well, I felt a bit disgusted throughout the book, and a bit depressed with the end. All in all it was a very good book. It makes you think about life.


Any additional comments?

This book is about a human being who lived among verminous creatures. When he becomes a nasty bug like them, they realize they have to start living like human beings.

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- damarques

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.