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Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka's famous story of man-turned-insect, Metamorphosis.

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After a night of troubled dreams, Gregor Samsa wakes to discover that he has turned into a huge, monstrous, cockroach-like creature, with an armour-plated back and multiple limbs. 

Gradually, he comes to terms with his new state - but his parents and sister are horrified and increasingly revolted. To them, Gregor is unclean, verminous and entirely repellent, and as he becomes more and more of a burden, their horror turns to a terrible indifference.... 

First published in 1915, Kafka's surreal existential novella explores concepts such as the absurdity of life, alienation and the disconnect between mind and body. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek, The Imitation Game), this tale - often described as one of the greatest in the history of fiction - is chilling, captivating and darkly comic. 

©2018 BBC Digital Audio (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

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  • ilene
  • 05-02-2018

Very Sad

Emotional story of humanity and much more. With a narrator like this you want it to go on forever just to hear his voice. Beautiful job.

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  • drwatson
  • 21-02-2018

One of the best, with amazing narration

This was already one of my favorite books. Add Benedict Cumberbatch? =magic. Get this now.

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  • af
  • 13-09-2018

The Metamorphosis

Benedict Cumberbatch does a fabulous job, and I was very pleased with the overall tone. I did, however, have trouble with some of the editing choices made by the BBC. Large swaths of text have been cut in odd places.

For those of you using this to teach, this is the Richard Stokes translation.

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  • SJ
  • 02-09-2018

Great reading, stupid story

The reader was interesting and his voice is somewhat soothing, but the story is dreadful.

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  • Jad Hindieh
  • 01-09-2018

good read

short book but very deep. i enjoyed listening to it. it has a rich story and a very nice meaning behind it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-2018

Good short listen

We'll narrated by Benadryl Cucumberbatch. Nice bits of transitional music. A short and sad story.

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  • Todd
  • 06-08-2018

Great Narration

This makes me wish Cumberbatch did more narration work. He did a great job of bringing this classic to life and not making it feel dated—which can happen from time to time with some narrators.

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  • mdc
  • 10-07-2018

Frank Kafka's Life

Frank Kafka's life expressed in literary form. He is a genius writer and very imaginative.

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  • Candiss White
  • 26-06-2018

Story of a man turned bug

Not a big fan of bug so when I started listening during a lunch break I had to quit. Cumberbatch does a great job!

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  • Lydia Rasmussen
  • 23-05-2018

Review of Metamorphosis

I truly enjoy this story and the narration is excellent. Although I didn't really like the music and sound effects that accompanied the story.

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  • Bronny Jones
  • 10-01-2018

Enjoyed the narration more than the story.

I found this a strange but interesting story, not something I would usually listen to but got because I am a big fan of Benedict. His narration is amazing, such a rich voice and i like how he gives the characters their own voices too. I dont think I completely understood the meaning of the story but enjoyed it nonetheless. Would definitely recommend to other Benedict fans, and would listen again just for the narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2018

great story, fantastic narration

The story was a wondeful commentary on capitalist society and the family, while Benedict Cumberbatch's narration was perfect.

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  • luke
  • 03-02-2018

Franz by Benedict Cumberbatch

BC reads the story in a way that makes it easily deciphered and able to follow, a problem I had when reading the book solo.