The Metamorphosis (version 3)

Read by Bob Neufeld

(4.5 stars; 153 reviews)

The Metamorphosis (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka never did give an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become. - Summary by Wikipedia (2 hr 17 min)


Chapter 1 45:00 Read by Bob Neufeld
Chapter 2 47:31 Read by Bob Neufeld
Chapter 3 44:53 Read by Bob Neufeld


(5 stars)

READER: Excellent pace, voices and clarity. Never dull, never unintelligible. I LOVED this reading. BOOK: I thought this was a great work of fiction. I wouldn’t say I understand its intended metaphorical meaning, but I came up with my own and felt it was super applicable.


(5 stars)

Masterful reading to a masterful tale. This is so great that everyone should read it!

Thank You Bob Neufeld

(5 stars)

A classic that I somehow never got around to reading. Thanks to Bob Neufeld for providing the recording. We are not told how or why the main character changes into a large insect. And, really, that detail hardly seems important to the story.

Amazing reading

(5 stars)

This was a very interesting book, made even more interesting by this amazing reading! The narrator really gets into the characters and has a great intonation. He speaks every word very clearly, and at a great pace, which is very helpful.


(1 stars)

Sorry but this is just totally bizarre and a real slow burner but never really gets going Or properly explains itself. Definitely want to mess in my opinion.

Sad and Strange

(5 stars)

Very strange and makes you think. I loved the expressiveness of Bob N. he brings to life all the characters I have heard him read.

outstanding book and outstanding reader

(5 stars)

Best audio rendition I have heard of Kafka’s masterpiece

excellent reading

(5 stars)

enjoyed the pace of reading. it is very pleasant and soothing.