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Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka audiobook

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka's classic dark tale about a young man named Gregor Samsor who wakes one morning to find that he has unexpectedly turned into an huge insect. Gregor spends the day adjusting to his new form which not only has its limitations but also repels his once adoring mother and sister. 

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Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka (and others)

Benedict Cumberbatch reads Franz Kafka’s famous story of man-turned-insect, Metamorphosis

Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018

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.

Duration: 1 hr 40 mins approx.

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