Do you love classic literature? How about Benedict Cumberbatch?
I’ve read this novella a long time ago, but I really don’t mind listening to Benedict Cumberbatch’s deep baritone narrating the strange, confusing novel to me. In fact, though not one of my favorite novels, I can probably listen to it again and again, ad infinitum.
Benedict Cumberbatch does a wonderful job of narrating the trials of Gregor Samsa, waking up one morning to discover that he had turned into a large bug – changing the tones of his voice and inflections to match the emotions of the text. The novel, confusing to say the least, is fraught with symbolism and has been studied to death by high school and college – maybe even Postdoc students alike. Is Samsa’s metamorphosis real, or allegorical? Did he really turn into a bug, or is his transformation symbolic of this feelings of isolation, rejection and worthlessness?
Who cares!? It’s being read by Benedict Cumberbatch! ‘Nuff said!
My only beef with the 4-part recording is that it’s too short. I wish he’d narrate something like Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, or better yet, Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote – maybe then I can finally read…er…listen to it!
Oh, listen to it and be mesmerized here.