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The Best of Franz Kafka's Short Stories

Written by: Franz Kafka
Narrated by: Lotte Lenya
Length: 51 mins
Categories: Classics

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Publisher's Summary

Lotte Lenya reads "Up In The Gallery", "The Cares of a Family Man", "The Bucket Rider", "A Hunger Artist", and "A Fratricide".

©2011 Saland Publishing (P)2011 Saland Publishing

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  • Niran Abbas
  • 14-04-17


I love Kafka but unfortunately the narrator has a very thick accent and it was hard to follow. I speak several languages and understand the need to be clear and concise. I also would have liked it if each short story was named beforehand. Disappointing.

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  • 02-05-17


This same recording was my introduction to Kafka [minus the unnecessary soundtrack] I was a son of the sixties and explored many things and during my travels found myself in the basement room with friends to listen to this same recording.

We were spellbound and wanted to listen again but Seer said "No!. . .once a week only as l never want tire of this." And he was right. Each week we gathered with new friends to share our new find.

The reader Lotte Lenya added to the gray atmosphere seen in most WW II films of Nazi occupation. Her voice has a harshness which accents each phrase akin to mood in his work.

You will remember her as Colonel Klegg, the Soviet defector to Spectre in From Russia With Love. lf you don't remember. . .you will the instant you hear her first phrase.

My only bad mark was adding music to detract from my experience.
You will enjoy this.

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  • Camilo
  • 31-07-11


Old fashion production. Its affected style contrasts with Kafka's understated tone. The recordings are limited to a couple of hours and exclude some of Kafka's best short stories.

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  • RichardS
  • 07-04-11

Very worthwhile for Kafka fans

A very interesting set of recordings. Once I'd got used to Lotte Lenya's (Rosa Klebbe in 'From Russia with Love') accent (which didn't take long), this was a delight. She gives a very impassioned rendering of the stories and the the musical backing adds to the intensity of the reading, though it would have been fine without it.

She was an inspired choice to narrate. I wonder if there are any other recordings in the archives?

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  • Mr. Brendan Hayes
  • 05-04-14

Doesnt work

Would you try another book written by Franz Kafka or narrated by Lotte Lenya?

Yes...if the was no music score running behind the narration....

Would you recommend The Best of Franz Kafka's Short Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

Just couldn't separate the narration and music.

Did Lotte Lenya do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Lotte's slavic pronunciation of English was the final nail in the coffin...

Any additional comments?

...I reckon this is the one exception to the rule that audiobooks are the 'stereo' to the physical books 'mono'....