The Trial

  • by Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread.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.Thirty-year-old Josef K., a financial officer in a European city bank, is suddenly arrested. He is subjected to hearings, questioning, and visits from officials. Defending his innocence against charges that are never explained to him, he watches his life dissolve into absurdity. Whether read as an existential tale or a parable, this haunting story stands out as one of the great novels of our time.
Breon Mitchell, a professor of Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Indiana University, has received national awards for his literary translations. The renewed energy and power of this classic work are complemented by veteran narrator George Guidall's superb performance.


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An absolute classic brilliantly narrated by
George Guidall, who is arguably Audible's best narrator.

This recording really brings to life the nightmarish existence that Josef K. suddenly is faced with.

The story itself has elements of paranoia and delusion. Josef K. is lured to play by invisible rules that seems to be almost logical. However, the overall setting is absurd.

The Trial is a masterpiece that, even though it is set in a Fritz Lang-like pre-war setting, has much to offer modern day readers.
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- Snorre

Just a heads up

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The last hour or so of this version contains discussion of previous translations of The Trial and also a few sections that never made it into the books.

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- Simon Grunditz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books