"This fine version, with David Cronenberg's inspired introduction and the new translator's beguiling afterword, is, I suspect, the most disturbing though the most comforting of all so far; others will follow, but don't hesitate: this is the transforming text for you." (Richard Howard)
Franz Kafka's 1915 novella of unexplained horror and nightmarish transformation became a worldwide classic and remains a century later one of the most widely read works of fiction in the world. It is the story of traveling salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect. This hugely influential work inspired George Orwell, Albert Camus, Jorge Louis Borges, and Ray Bradbury, while continuing to unsettle millions of readers.
In her new translation of Kafka's masterpiece, Susan Bernofsky strives to capture both the humor and the humanity in this macabre tale, underscoring the ways in which Gregor Samsa's grotesque metamorphosis is just the physical manifestation of his longstanding spiritual impoverishment.
©2014 Susan Bernofsky. Introduction 2014 David Cronenberg. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"Mysterious and beautiful"
Edoardo Ballerini is a wonderful narrator, and this is a wonderful story.
Is it an allegory? What did Kafka mean by having Gregor Samsa turn overnight into a giant, repellent bug? (He certainly is repellent: some of the passages in this translation are very hard to listen to.) One possibility is a moral failing of some kind; another is a terrible wasting disease like cancer. And of course it's also possible that no allegory is intended, that Kafka simply wanted to put this family in an extreme situation so we could watch their reactions. And in fact, by the end, Gregor's family is every bit as metamorphosed as he is himself.
Whatever the "meaning," the story is a mysterious and beautiful one, and this audiobook is well worth the short time it takes to listen to it.
"A wonderful experience."
The narration is wonderful. He didn't detract but, rather, he accompanied the tone of the author, I believe.
As for the story, personally I enjoyed The Stranger more than this experience. The artistry of Kaka's syntax made for an enjoyable read. But the former book had me raptured by the end. Maybe with some more growth in my part will make for a better experience the second time around.
My time spent was well worth it. This is the only translation I have read.
"best of kafka"
kafka at its best a joy to listen to recommended to anyone on a long ride or on a dreary winters morning
A beautiful fictional story, with a powerful metaphor that can bring tears to your eyes. Exceptional translation and narration. Highly recommended!
"Beautifully translated for the 100th anniversary"
Absolutely. A must listen esp. for HS and college students
The sister because of her freak out scene.
He gives a very soft, sensitive read. Good. As a huge fan of the material I preferred another version. It's called Change by Chris Selna. Much more unexpected interpretation.
It's already been two movies, a ballet, several plays
"Good book and performance"
I really enjoyed the book and the performance by the narrator. I recommend this book.
After reading the Metamorphosis it made me want to read more Kafka books! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"My 1st IPhone Audiobook"
I ran across Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis on ITunes and began listening to it However it was only about half of the book so i searched for an Audiobook provider on the Internet found this site, joined, and the reward was the full reading of the book which I wholly enjoyed. Excellent production!
"I don't understand who this is a classic."
its just not that interesting but the speaker did a good job reading the book.
I will read one more Kafka book just to give him a fair chance and decide for sure whether he is really as bad as I think after reading this book or whether this one was just a rotten apple.
Well he could have written a more interesting story. Or one that had some meaning. This book is a disgusting, depressing, boring, gloomy story that makes no sense and totally uninteresting.
The narrator was good. The book sucked.
Don't waste your time on this book unless you have a very active imagination and like to create your own world in your head and want this book to stimulate your imagination. And you like to be depressed and disgusted and bored.
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