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Metamorphosis: A BBC Radio 4 reading

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Franz Kafka

Narrated By: Benedict Cumberbatch

Publisher: Random House UK

Date: January 2018

Duration: 1 hours 38 minutes


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

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.


  • Anonymous

    The story captivating... But Mr. Cumberbatch made it come to life and made my heart race with excitement and thrill