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Publisher's Summary

By the time of his early death in 1988, Raymond Carver had established himself as one of the great practitioners of the American short story. Where I'm Calling From, his last collection, encompasses classic stories from Cathedral, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, and earlier Carver volumes, along with seven new works previously unpublished in book form. Together, these 37 stories give us a superb overview of Carver's life work and show us why he was so widely imitated but never equaled.

©1988 Tess Gallagher (P)2017 Tantor

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"No fiction collection should be without this book." ( Library Journal)

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  • Noirbat
  • Fountain Valley, CA
  • 05-10-18

Love Carver, But Dietz Ruins It With Reading

Norman Dietz is a fine technical reader but reads with zero cynicism and a seeming lack of understanding of the material. He quite literally made this audiobook intolerable. Like listening to your naive grandfather read James Ellroy to you before bed. Makes you feel awkward.

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Essential Short Stories

Would you consider the audio edition of Where I'm Calling From to be better than the print version?

I have never read the print version.

What other book might you compare Where I'm Calling From to and why?

I have not read a similar compilation

What does Norman Dietz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration was just wonderful bringing the stories home and to the heart.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This really should be listened to in pieces, digesting the impact of each story separately

Any additional comments?

A masterful storyteller keeping it down to earth.

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Amazing writer, amazing narrator!

I recently became interested in short stories because I think it’s important to get a visual experience of what our natural everyday language looks like. We read to educate ourselves about so many topics but in our daily life we use ordinary language like kinds of things Ray Carver writes about. I think that reading that style of natural conversation we use might ultimately make us better speakers and help us form our thoughts more clearly and efficiently. In my opinion,Ray Carver is a master of this ordinary style of our language; Norman Dietz has a great voice as a narrator.

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incomplete stories

Download this collection only if you like stories with out an ending. Boring and unfinished.

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