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Summary

"The Metamorphosis", first published in 1915, is the story of Gregor Samsa, a young traveling salesman who lives with his family and financially supports his parents and younger sister. One morning he awakes to discover that during the night he has been transformed into a horrible bug. Although somewhat of a horror genre, the story is often very funny as Gregor, his family, and those around him deal with their own transformations as a result of this odd predicament.

©2018 Franz Kafka (P)2018 AB Books

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Bizarre Layered Classic

So many interpretations can be read into this. The reading was slightly like listening to an AI deliver lines with inflections in strange places, but story wonderfully odd.

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Obviously a masterpiece

This book is of corse great, the performance was a little dry but it suits Kafka's matter of fact style.
I was surprised by how easy to fallow the story was. This was the first Kafka book I've listened to, knowing him only through reputation I was expecting something a lot more difficult but it was very compelling with very sympathetic characters. It seems redundant recommending a book like this but yeah, it's really good

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A very short story, it only took a couple of hours to read.

As the title suggests it’s quite an odd story. I’d not heard of it before; it’s another book on the 100 essential novels list.
It’s like a grown up fable, the writing style was similar; told from Gregor’s simple point of view he’s optimistic and weirdly calm.

I’m assuming Kafka is making some sort of social comment. Work and business are more important than anything else even the wellbeing of your family. Gregor is the breadwinner but they never get him any help. Instead Greta is expected to work harder and give up her talents.

Apparently Kafka didn’t get on well with his Father and here the strongest theme is that of the unappreciated son.

According to Wikipedia, critics regard the work as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century. I’m not sure why.

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The guy who does the Hollywood blockbuster voiceovers

This is a fantastic book. Narrated by a ridiculously American voice. Somehow the voice is the antithesis of the notion of the book. Unlistenable.

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  • 03-12-19

Where did that reader come from!

I have always wanted to read this story, and thought this would be a chance, but the reader was so stiff! It sounded like a safety video narrator, at best. I couldn't finish it. I guess Iwill have to actually, you know, READ it. 8/

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  • 27-02-20

Short and sweet

Kafka's classic is a must-read for fans of literature. His morbid sense of humor has aged very well and this particular narration is excellent.

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  • WinniesWhiles
  • 12-07-19

Thought-worthy

The narrator was very easy to listen to and story interesting. I'll reread for sure.

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  • Aleksandra Potocka
  • 15-05-19

Interesting

The book was interesting, easy to follow, a little dark and quite unique. I enjoyed it.

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  • 16-01-19

Performance was an issue

The story was good because it is so random. The narrator was very clear in his reading but didn't get into it. Overall, it was a great buy for 66 cents.