The Metamorphosis

Read by David Barnes

(4.4 stars; 425 reviews)

The Metamorphosis (in German, Die Verwandlung, "The Transformation") is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915, and arguably the most famous of his works along with the longer works The Trial and The Castle. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a giant "monstrous vermin". (Summary from Wikipedia)

(2 hr 34 min)


I 49:52 Read by David Barnes
II 53:51 Read by David Barnes
III 50:42 Read by David Barnes


amazing narration

(5 stars)

this is by far the best narration I have heard on this site, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this work


(4 stars)

It can be frightening how easy it is to alienate someone that ceases to follow social norms.

A wonderful recording

(5 stars)

Many thanks to Mr Barnes for his wonderful reading of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", a nightmarish and chilling tale of horror and abandonment. It is one of the most powerful texts written by Kafka and quite worth listening to.

Outstanding Narration

(5 stars)

Firstly, the book itself is kafka’s only completed novel - and secondly its ending is frustrating and asks more than it answers. But that’s why I like it. You will argue with Kafka throughout the book - again, another reason to enjoy it. Mr Barnes, the narrator, delivers the book in a way no other audiobook version of Kafka’s other novels (I’ve listened to them all many times over) do. He reads it as I like to imagine Franz would like. Go on, listen to it and prepare to be questioned, poked and prodded until he provokes the most heated argument you will ever have with a dead author.

great reading, weird book

(3 stars)

The narration is very clear and somehow "appropriate", but the book itself is... disconcerting. I would describe it as depressing and pointless, something starting with an absurd event and going down and down from there until you start wondering when will all this finally be over so you can go read something sensible.

(2 stars)

Holy moley, okay perhaps a two star rating is a little harsh seeing is clearly the book made me fee sad for the characters in the end. But man there is practically no resolution at the end. Just my opinion, hope you enjoy this read

Enjoyed this book much more the 2nd time.

(5 stars)

I first read this book in high school as an assignment for a literary class and took much more from the story hearing it for the second time in my adulthood.


(5 stars)

I'm very excited to listen to this book. I actually recognized the name of the reader from " Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." His voice is perfect and I can't wait to stumble on some more.