Cathedral

  • by Raymond Carver
  • Narrated by Norman Dietz
  • 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is Raymond Carver's third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another. The 12 stories in Cathedral mark a turning point in Carver's work and "overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart" (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World).

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Disaffected performance

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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- Tom Broderick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio