The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

  • by Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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".

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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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- Paul Snook

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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- a "Office worker in Bristol, who enjoys listening to audio books on the way to and from work"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-12-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books