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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Raymond Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one's way through the dark.

©1981 Raymond Carver (P)2017 Tantor

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Great stories, awful performance

I love Raymond Carver -- his stories are quiet yet heartbreaking anf powerful. But Norman Dietz's flat, robotic performance ruins this anthology. I'm disappointed that he was chosen to read all of Csrver's work, as I would have liked to hear these stories narrated by someone who understands the material and has much more life in their voice.

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Much Ado About Nothing

I thought that it was Norman Dietz's crusty, monotone narration which made me dispirited when I listened to Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," but as I listened to the stories' sudden drop endings over and over again, I discovered that it was the stories themselves. They are slices of ordinariness, vignettes of character and dialogue that do not go any where. Carver is highly skilled at capturing the voices of America in the center of the country and not on the coasts. These are people who smoke, drink, fish, and hunt. Their attitude toward women and women's attitude towards themselves reflect a specific place and time that has not aged this collection well. The characters have a different rhythm and sensibility as evidenced in their long-winding conversations. This frustrated a city guy such as me who wanted the stories to go, go, go somewhere and to be about something instead of nothing. But as Carver shows, there is nuance, passion, disappointment, hope, and fear in the nothingness. He works all of the shades of gray.

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Fantastic

I actually think the narrator does a good job of reflecting the tone of these stories. All of these are fantastic short stories by one of the very best.

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Fabulous stories, writing and performance

What a great treat. Thank you Raymond Carver, and whatever sacrifices you had to make to get this written and published.

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observant but pessimistic

the book captures the minutia of relationships between people, but most of it is negative.

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Not for me

I really did not enjoy this. I usually love short stories but this was not for me. The man reading it just had no affect and made it so boring to listen to. And each story just kind of ended. They didn't really have a purpose or a message. Would not recommend.

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