I downloaded the audio book version since it was read by Will Patton - who is fabulous. It was slow going for me at the start, but picked up greatly with the great description of the river trip and the performance by Patton. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book as much just reading it myself. No I never did see the movie version...1972, guess I was too young! I just may have to rent it to see how it compares to the book.
The performance was excellent. Very easy to listen to and fit the tone of the book perfectly. The only advantage the print edition would have would be the ability to skip some of the more descriptive passages more easily.
The depiction of the relationshbip between the characters was missed in the movie. It made the book much better.
IT was a great story and book. I have to admit that the onlyu extreme reaction I had was during the times when the author flet it necessary to describe the sensory aspect of the trip. It really wasn't done very well and did nothing to enhance the story. Once you get to where they put in the water the first day, there is a period fo about a half hour where you could just fast forward until they start the trip again the next morning
I worked my way through college guiding white water in the east. I began paddling around the time the book was written. It was so much fun to go back to that time and brought back some great memories. This story couldn't occur now. I live in Arkansas and I can tell you every peckerwood from here to Mountain Home has a cell phone and their own facebook page now. And the sense of adventure has been replaced with USGS gauges on multiple places on every paddleable river that you can access on a mobile app to find out exactly what river conditions you will encounter. The anonymity, adventure and remoteness that was portrayed in this book just no longer exist. I miss those times.
Although I had seen the movie many years ago, the book was riveting and had some unexpected twists that delighted me. Will Patton is one of my favorite readers, and with Deliverance, he did not disappoint. Action, suspense, and courage are woven into a timeless tale.
One of my favorite moments in this book was Ed's awakening as he blends into the mist stalking his first deer. That scene outlines the awakening courage and determination that belongs only to this quiet, determined man. From out of the mist, he becomes a warrior.
Will Patton is captivating in his ability to tell a story. His voice is pleasing to the ear and he has the story-tellers uncanny skill at making you forget that you are listening and begin only to see the tale unfold.
Ed was my favorite character in this story. While he is not much to look upon, he has a compassionate heart, a grounded sense of self, and a raw courage that enables him to survive and lead others to safety.
A story that enticed me to keep on listening.
Climbing the cliff.
Deliver me from evil...........
Hard to stop listening to story line.
The best way to read.
This book is a literary gem! A piece of a man's past that is so overwhelming it changes his whole life. I was expecting a gruesome tale of backwoods sexual assault (like the movie). Instead, what I got was a unique story told by a content man whose life has changed forever due to one decision. The quality of writing is fabulous. I haven't read a book like this in a long time. Loved the detail. The narrator was outstanding! This is a must read if you are into literature or even up for a great story.
Yes - This is a classic book that everyone should read. The imagery, style and plot make for a great story.
The most memorable moment was when Ed discovers the man he shot might not be the man that he was looking for. This was an unexpected turn, and I was able to feel the same devastation he was feeling.
My favorite character was Ed. Will Patton portrays Ed perfectly, and you can relate to his character.
I would take Ed because he is a good man.
One of the top 10 books ever written.
The part where he climbs up the cliff is maybe the best piece of writing ever.
Will Patton is the perfect reader for this book.
Lewis, of course. So much going on in him.
If you don't listen to this book you are missing one of the great things of the world..
Probably not because I already know
I can't tell - it might give away one of the great parts :)
I think his leisure accent draws you into the personality of the main character.
Both. There was humor, suspense and sadness.
Great book! Ok, maybe I'll listen again!