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The Trial
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Naxos AudioBooks 2007
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The Trial is one of the great works of the twentieth century: an extraordinary vision of one man put on trial by an anonymous authority on an unspecified charge. Josef K, 30, lives in a large town in an unspecified country. He is summonsed to answer a charge and appears in the court room for his trial. Franz Kafka evokes all the reality of trial without any of the specifics in a society that seems to have degraded into chaos: squalid environment, rats, yellow liquid shooting out of a hole in the wall. Guards, claustrophobia, anxiety – this is a gripping story and an allegory of modern life. This text remains just as relevant a century after it was written.

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Format:
OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen
Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
8/1/2007
Language:
English
ISBN:
9789629545994
Lexile measure:
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Franz Kafka. (2007). The Trial. Unabridged Naxos AudioBooks.

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Franz Kafka. 2007. The Trial. Naxos AudioBooks.

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Franz Kafka, The Trial. Naxos AudioBooks, 2007.

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Franz Kafka. The Trial. Unabridged Naxos AudioBooks, 2007.

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      • content: A short note to narrator Geoffrey Howard: Breathe. Take one deep breath. Allow readers a chance to hear a pause so they can press the stop button and not miss anything. End of note. Actually, Howard has a great voice for this modern classic's new translation. (Don't fast-forward past his reading of the translator's note. It explains a lot.) Howard's British accent and deep monotone set the proper dark tone for the book. He stays away from character voices, and that works too because his inflections carry the story's emotions along. Indeed, Howard acts as our intellectual guide by emphasizing key passages and marking them as worthy of interpretation and discussion. If only he would take a breath once in a while. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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      • content: Veteran performer George Guidall knows what he's doing when he speeds up, backs off, and lurches from fear to relief to shock. It's a narration veering out of control and threatening to crash at any moment, as is Josef K., the character whose trial Guidall is describing. In a story that invokes the humiliatingly absurd, no-win predicaments we think of as Kafkaesque, Guidall shows his understanding of the characters. He also understands the importance of atmosphere to the story. As he describes the garrets, the courtrooms, the rats-in-a-maze thoughts running through Josef K.'s mind as he fights charges that are never spelled out to him, the listener feels trapped and claustrophobic, just as Kafka intended. A less skilled narrator would have made it easier on the listener. T.F. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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        In Kafka’s famed story, bank clerk Joseph K is arrested for a crime that didn’t take place and put on a trial that never occurs. This faithful graphic novel adaptation depicts not just the comical, nightmarish and absurdist themes explored by Kafka but also his gravitation to and mistrust of women. Artist Montellier’s heavy shadows cast The Trial
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