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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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"The Metamorphosis" is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915 and one of his best known works. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a horrible verminous creature. Terrifying in its banal simplicity, it became one of the seminal works of the twentieth century. This Translation is by Ian Johnston. (Summary by David Richardson)

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The Metamorphosis This translation, which has been prepared by Ian Johnston ( and is in the public domain. I. 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. He lay on his armour hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes. "What's happened to me," he thought. It was no dream. His room, a proper room for a human being, only somewhat too small, lay quietly between the four well known walls. Above the table, on which an unpacked collection of sample cloth goods was spread out—Samsa was a travelling salesman—hung the picture which he had cut out of an illustrated magazine a little while ago and set in a pretty gilt frame. It was a picture of a woman with a fur hat and a fur boa... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 21, 2014
Subject: Great listen
I had no idea what the story was about before downloading this book. It is an interesting and quick story, but the reading of this story is what made it fantastic. It was the little things about David Richardson's emphasis and tone that really enhanced the experience, for instance, he whispers the whispered dialogue.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2014
Subject: The Metamorphosis
An interesting, unique story and I enjoyed the reader, as well!
Reviewer: - October 6, 2013
Subject: Fab reader
This has been one of my favorite listens - a great book and a very easy listen (I'd always assumed Kafka would be too highbrow for me!) David Richardson is a really good reader too, he sounds so professional and brings just the right amount of intrigue/scariness to the reading! Many thanks for his hard work.

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