The Mahabharata is usually known as the story of the Pandavas and Kauravas, but this talk focuses on the story of King Janamejaya, at whose snake sacrifice the story of the Pandavas and Kauravas is told. Janamejaya’s story has been poorly appreciated because much of it is told in the Harivamsha, the last part of the Mahabharata, which most modern Mahabharata commentators have ignored. Janamejaya’s story has a happy ending and demonstrates the transformative effect of Vyasa’s text. By implication, similar effects might be anticipated for other audience members.