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  • The Metamorphosis

  • By: Franz Kafka
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug.” With this startlingly bizarre sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young traveling salesman who, transformed overnight into a giant, beetle-like insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. Rather than being surprised at the transformation, the members of his family despise it as an impending burden upon themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An uncomfortably necessary book to experience.

  • By trufflesmummy on 29-07-16

An uncomfortably necessary book to experience.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-16

This was hard work for me to stomach happily. I found it cruel, sad, tragic and emotionally authentic. I'm glad I heard it. But it left me strangely bereft. The human condition can shift to extremes for self preservation.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Last two words are missing which is a nuisance..

  • By trufflesmummy on 19-07-16

Last two words are missing which is a nuisance..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-16

Engaging story with so much value to general life and different perspectives. It was an excellent choice of narrator, who carried and delivered it impeccably. The last two words missing off the entire book however took the shine off at the last possible moment. The missing words are 'has ended'. Please amend this Audible because it is not obvious how to contact you.

106 of 107 people found this review helpful

  • War and Peace, Volume 1

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic reading

  • By Francis on 01-05-07

Entertaining, amusing, enthralling, wanted more!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-16

The Narrator expertly delivered this for the entire story. He carries the mood and the characters amazingly. I was so sorry it had ended I stood upright in surprise. I have been totally immersed in another world.