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I appreciate that with recordings of work, the performer has the license to perform the work in the way they see fit, presumably in a way that might help the listener understand the nuance of the writing.
I simply found the choice for the performance of this work to be overwhelmingly distracting, rather than effective. Norman Dietz reads through the prose as if he's reading a dictionary. Particularly, the insistent, unvaried rhythm he reads at paints Carver's stories as monotonous rather than restrained. While he does choose to alter his voice for some characters' dialogue (very slightly), and throw in an inflection when a character is raising their voice (again, slightly), overall, I feel he's only been able to accomplish sucking the emotion out of each of these pieces, leaving behind what sounds like to me a recitation of individual words wholly unconcerned with the word that came before it, or that comes after.
This is a work I wished I had read myself, rather than listened to here.
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I love Carver's work in general, but I was so disappointed in the performance. Dietz seems to constantly fluctuate a dry, scratchy sounding voice trying to sound laid back. Man, the performance upset me!!!