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Metamorphosis

A BBC Radio 4 Reading
Written by: Franz Kafka
Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 

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Great narration, sad story

Benedict's narration made the story captive.. I'd hoped something happy for Gregor in the end.

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  • ilene
  • 05-02-18

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
  • 21-02-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-19

Disappointed

I love BC and this book but why is soooooo much edited out? It really ruins the translation and makes it utterly useless to use in a classroom. For a casual listen, it's good. For anything scholarly look elsewhere.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05-07-19

Incredible

This book is a classic, and getting to listen to it from the unmatchable voice of Benedict Cumberbatch made it so much greater an experience!

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  • melissa moon
  • 23-06-19

Great narration! Loved it! Just one question...

Really enjoyed this book. Listened to it again and again. But I have to wonder, did Benedict dress up as a beetle during the recording?

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  • Jonas Blomberg Ghini
  • 12-05-19

Brilliant

And I think I just might make it to work on time, despite the imposition of being a giant bug.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-19

Great but drop the music

The story and performance are amazing, but the interrupting music at the end of tracks is obnoxious.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 26-04-19

As lovely as I remember

I read this story many years ago when in the 9th grade, and listening to it now with this delightful narration my view of the story is as good as it was if not better presently.

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  • H. Metz
  • 26-03-19

Kafka in English

Not quite sure what I expected - from the book and from Benedict Cumberbatch.

About the book: As a native German, I think that while you can get enjoyment and growth from reading translated Kafka, to me Kafka is the essence of German language. In English, the “inevitability of the next word” I feel in German isn’t there. Metamorphosis is probably the one story where the story, it’s absurdity easily distracts more from the style than is the case with Der Prozess or Das Schloss.

I like the reader as an actor - but I don’t think that he added anything specific to the book by the way he read it. Not saying he should have - just feel like I fell a bit for the celebrity reader here. Read well, in summary.

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  • Eric Mendoza
  • 10-02-19

Strange Story

This performance was quite good, and the story was weird but written well enough. However, it seemed to be a different version of the story than the book I wanted to follow along with. There were lots of changed lines and dialogue in comparison to the Wisehouse Classics physical release of the story. I needed this specific printed version for a class and hoped this audiobook would help me keep attention. It's hard to follow along. The story is the same, though.

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  • Bronny Jones
  • 10-01-18

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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  • Carla Ribeiro Oleiro
  • 14-04-19

Great story

A great story from a great writer and a great performer. I enjoyed it and hope that you also like it.

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  • Christian Newlove
  • 02-03-19

Best narration ever!

Benedict Cumberbatch is a true star. This strange and often difficult story is made simple and fun by his top class performance! Bravo Ben!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-19

expecting better plot

great narrator. Cumberbach!
My 1st Kafka novel. I expected better plot line. Left unsatisfied. Maybe Kafka fans can convert me.

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  • Charles King-Tenison
  • 05-01-19

Bit odd

The reading of the book is fantastic and the book itself it’s also quite great. But you need to have a strong understanding of literature to appreciate the critiques in it. I unfortunately don’t so found it a bit difficult.

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  • TheNameless
  • 25-09-18

Beautifully read, strange and sad

For such a short story, Metamorphosis packs a powerful emotional punch, which is made all the greater by Benedict Cumberbatch's beautiful narration. He draws every ounce of feeling from the words, without ever crossing the line into melodrama.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-18

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
  • 03-02-18

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-19

The voice makes the book!

Was a great book for an easy afternoon listen. Benedict Cumberbatch's voice did Kafka true justice.