The Metamorphosis (version 2)

Read by David Richardson

(4.7 stars; 135 reviews)

"The Metamorphosis" is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915 and one of his best known works. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a horrible verminous creature. Terrifying in its banal simplicity, it became one of the seminal works of the twentieth century. This Translation is by Ian Johnston. (Summary by David Richardson) (2 hr 14 min)


01 - Chapter 1, Part 1 24:12 Read by David Richardson
02 - Chapter 1, Part 2 17:59 Read by David Richardson
03 - Chapter 2, Part 1 22:45 Read by David Richardson
04 - Chapter 2, Part 2 23:57 Read by David Richardson
05 - Chapter 3, Part 1 28:15 Read by David Richardson
06 - Chapter 3, Part 2 17:29 Read by David Richardson


smooth voice

(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed the volunteer's voice compared to the other options. I also like how this book was split into a few parts.

A classic tale well told

(5 stars)

David Richardson's Metamorphosis is an elegant, nuanced reading, a real pleasure to listen to.

loved it

(5 stars)

wow at first I thought it was going to be one of those that's very over talked about but really it's well structured, really reflects the way people think about suffering and humanity. everyone should listen, it's quick too. I listened at work in one sitting.

Very Interesting Story

(4 stars)

Reader was excellent! He was animated, engaging and really brought the story alive. The story itself is unusual but well written. I will definitely return to this book a few more times to appreciate all the characters and interactions.

(5 stars)

I stumbled across this book and was blown away by its profound allegory. The readers did a great job and I thank you

(5 stars)

Excellent reading of a classic. I would search for other recordings of David Richardson. I hope there are!

(5 stars)

The best Librivox recording I've heard so far. Very clear and immersive.

(4 stars)

very engaging speaker... It's quite an interesting book...