• The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (116 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories reveals the author’s extraordinary talent in a variety of forms—prose poems, short stories, sketches, allegories, and novelettes—and showcases the straight–faced humor, startling psychological insight, and haunting imagination for which he is revered as a modern master. In this brilliant new translation, prize–winning translator Joachim Neugroschel preserves the delicate balance, rich timbre, and wondrous language of Kafka’s original works. In addition to "The Metamorphosis", this collection includes "Early Stories", "Contemplation", "The Judgement", "The Stoker", "In the Penal Colony", and "A Country Doctor".
Public Domain (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 03-24-13

Excellent Translation, Excellent Narration!

Would you listen to The Metamorphosis and Other Stories again? Why?

Of course! I return to this book again and again when other fiction is not satisfying. Kafka has such a unique voice and such a masterful ability to entrance the reader. Joachim Neugroschel's translation captures Kafka's dark humor (and ability to maintain the fictional dream) much better than the Muir's translations did.

Any additional comments?

"A Country Doctor" and "In the Penal Colony" are the best

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By james g standing on 03-27-12


What did you love best about The Metamorphosis and Other Stories?

The reader was excellent. We really enjoyed the pre- lecture regarding the language and nationalism and judism. We recommend both the reader and the book. We also had never read or listened to the short stories, which were a bonus.

Who was your favorite character and why?

gregor - he fought to maintain his human-ness.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, oh yes. We pick books that are unknown and read by him based solely on his narration. He was excellent reading Kafka.

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


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2 out of 5 stars
By Paul Snook on 01-31-16

More Muddled Than Kafka Himself

'Disappointed' is probably the easiest way of summing up this audiobook. For some inexplicable reason there are no chapter titles which, when the audiobook is a large collection of short stories, is kind of important to know where you are and what you are listening to.

For example, this audiobook is called 'The Metamorphosis and Other Stories' but I don't know which of the 51 untitled chapters is 'The Metamorphosis', which is a shame as it is primarily for that story I bought the audiobook.

This is not helped by the first two chapters, 19:57mins and 29:24mins respectively, being introduction and analysis. That's nearly 50 minutes of the audiobook devoted to something other than the actual stories. I never understand why publishers feel it necessary to include these lengthy introductions and forewords to books. Imagine sitting through a film or play or television programme where the first twenty minutes or more was taken up with analysis of the forthcoming drama. No? Me neither. Cut it out! We don't read them and I certainly

Having said all this I do need to mention that Mr Guidall reads it in his usual exemplary manner.

One day, when I have a lot of time on my hands, I may get round to flicking through all the chapter until I find 'The Metamorphosis'. Until that day I will listen to something else.

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3 out of 5 stars
By a on 07-29-16

Pity about the introduction

This would have been a lot better it it was just the stories rather than a long introduction at the beginning/

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