The Metamorphosis

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4 out of 5 stars
By Patrick Weldon on 19-03-12

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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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By damarques on 29-03-14

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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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By David on 11-08-14

So this guy wakes up as a bug...

So, this guy Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning as a cockroach. (Actually, the Wikipedia article has an interesting discussion about how Kafka never specified exactly what kind of bug Gregor turned into). His family freaks out a little, as you might expect, but then they sort of come to accept the situation. Gregor feels increasingly isolated as he cannot really communicate with them and he can no longer support them as he once did. Coexisting in a tiny apartment with a giant cockroachinsect becomes increasingly burdensome for the family. Eventually Gregor dies (implied, that he wills himself to death to spare his family further burden) and they're all relieved. The end.

Sort of a downer. I think it loses a lot in the translation, as apparently Kafka's prose in the original German was much of the reason for The Metamorphosis's high literary status.

This is a surrealistic piece which, technically, you could probably call "magical realism." (No explanation is ever given for Gregor's transformation into a giant bug, and no one seems curious about how such a thing could happen. They're just all rather distressed by the whole thing without ever really talking about it.

Frankly, as a story it was a bit flat and anti-climactic, and if there is some deeper meaning, I'm afraid I missed it. Would probably enjoy it more if I read it in the original German.

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19 of 23 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Nothing really matters on 05-09-14

Well written, but kinda bugged me...

This book deserves its reputation as being very well written. The premise (man turns into giant bug overnight) is completely implausible, but the writing was good enough that I could suspend my disbelief with modest effort. The narration is also very well done.

That said, I was left wondering whether I'd gotten the key point. If I did I imagine it is that no matter how serious or weird a thing that might happen to a person, their loved ones' sympathies will eventually wear thin and they'll begin to see that person as a mill stone around their necks, financially at the very least. Then they will likely want to get on with their lives without that person.

If that's it, fine. It's a valid observation. Maybe because this book has a reputation as a classic I expected a bit more. Specifically, I expect classics to both make profound observations about life AND tell a really great story. (The second being more important than the first, in my view.) This book made its profound observation, but its premise seemed a bit more bizarre than would seem really necessary.

Four stars overall. Worth reading.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Elie Wayne on 30-04-12

kafka's best

Where does The Metamorphosis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The reading performance is excellant; But they all are very professionally done. As a book, I would rate this book as the the author's most original, well written, and profound.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Metamorphosis?

When even his fovorite sister betrays him, and the reader discovers Kafka's point of view on the human condition, that at bottom, we all are alone.

What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening to an audio book is a challenge for me, because it requires a continiuos consentrated focus that reading doesn't require. I often look up and ponder ideas, sorting them out, while reading, and resume, without any loss of place in the written text. Listening doesn't allow for such breaks. It reminds me of the joys of listening to stories on the radio, before Tv as a child. I just have to practice such listening skills again.

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

No. I usually can't focus that long. I enjoy listening to a portion every day.

Any additional comments?

I'm happy I discovered AudioBooks. It brings a new kind of pleasure into my life.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By connie on 01-06-16

Not my cup of tea.

Would you try another book from Franz Kafka and/or Ralph Cosham?

Sure but this one was awful...I know it has all kinds of under tones and meaning but it was boring and as a story dead.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something more entertaining. Not that it is all about entertainment. It is just after the last 3 hours. something less depressing.

Was The Metamorphosis worth the listening time?

No definitely not worth the time but it is only 3 hours more or less. I was hoping something interesting would happen. This is something I could imagine reading in high school.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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