An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
Yes, this is one of those performances that you could listen to any time you wanted. The prose is beautiful and Will Patton's accents and cadence are perfect.
Yes, I saw the movie years ago, but wasn't sure of the ending. This ending was exacting and though provoking and to think this was a first novel!
He is a master of the speech patterns of the deep south. The lazy drawls, the unique wording and the wonderful descriptions that encompass James Dickey's book.
It was a classic movie in 1972. If made today I would say, "Survival is all that matters."
The beautiful imagery of this book is truly captured in Mr. Patton's voice. "I was leaving the land of the nine-fingered people to return to the home of the Whopper."
“I was standing in the most absolute aloneness that I had ever been given.”
This book was told in the first person. You know exactly what Ed is thinking every moment of the story, that is something that is missing from the movie but what makes it perfect for an audiobook.
I can't recommend this book enough. Don't miss it!
What a shock! As the movie was released almost two decades before wide access to the internet and before the ever escalating portrayals of sex and violence became common thus dulling our senses, I was deeply disturbed by the main event of the movie and tried unsuccessfully to bury how uncomfortable it made me feel. To this day, hearing the iconic "Dueling Banjoes" music engenders a duel between my love the of that music fighting the discomfort buried due to the movie. This together with my rule to never spend a credit for anything under 10 hours running time kept me from listening to this book. Yet, due to the reviews and surprise expressed by other Audible listeners, I took a chance and am so happy I did. This book really is fine, lyrical, brilliant literature and on Time magazine's list of the 100 best books written. The soft, poetical, southern nature of Dickey's prose so brilliantly narrated by Will Patton, softens the few sentences where the bad thing happens and the listener is more focused on the dilemmas, moral survival choices, and is softly brought into the situation as a participant pondering what you would do. Also, unlike "Lord of the Flies" and other similar "civilization to survival" stories which are so removed from what a listener might face today, the listener is softly, lyrically, yet plausably moved from facing safe, familiar suburban life issues one day to being forced after one short moment in time the next day to make life or death decisions involving excruciating moral quandaries related to survival in a wild, otherworldly place. Plus, for you fellow Audible listeners who often reject the shorter books, I've listened to this book three times so triple the hours. It's that good.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
Not sure if scary is the word to use but this book is definitely just as how I remembered it and I for one, will not be making a trip out to that area anytime soon in fear that something similar could happen to me.
The narrator does a great job too. He is very impressive and sounds awfully like Jon Voight, who was the main character from the movie.
I do have one regret though, too bad they couldn't somehow get the banjo music from the movie to be played somewhere within the audiobook. It's hard to think of Deliverance without hearing that tune in your head.
I don't know. It is a riveting story and Will Patton is the perfect narrator.
Perfect voice and pace for this story.
This was a very disappointing book. Will Patton was brilliant! The book is terrible. Their is no character development. There is one scene that is iconic, but the rest of the book is dreadful. I was very disappointed in the lack any character development of the butt raping hillbillies, they just came and went with reason or explanation.
Deliverance has been one of my favorite novels since reading it as a teenager. To hear it may even surpass the experience of reading it. The poetic nature of Dickey's prose comes across so much more in the audible format. Deliverance rightly holds a place in the list of the 100 best novels.
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I had no idea it was a book 1st. I got this on a whim, part of a buy one get one free deal. I wasn't really excited about it. I left it in my library for months. I had never really seen the movie, though I knew the most famous parts. I finally ran out of things I wanted to read and decided to start this book. And as soon as I started I didn't want to stop until it was over. I can't recommend this book enough, Will Patton does a great job setting the tone and giving Ed a great southern voice . He's kind of the reason why I took a chance with this book, he was excellent on the Greg Allman biography. I'm going to have quite the book hangover after this one.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
I've listened to half a dozen Will Patton narrations - he is my absolute favorite narrator ever. He always brings such commitment, artistry, and most of all - INTELLIGENCE - to his readings. But what you are looking at here is pure gold, my friends. This is the meeting of masters. James Dickey's novel Deliverance is more than a book linked to a well-known movie. It is the most well written and intelligent American thriller of the last century. I'm not just blowing smoke: this book is literature - one of the Time 100 and voted 42 on Modern Library's list of greatest novels of the 20th century. So don't buy this thinking you're getting you're usual paint-by-numbers pulp -- no. This requires intent listening. But my goodness, this book will pay off tenfold. Will Patton is so good here, I am simply in awe. I envy you who are about to read this for the first time.
The book, as usual, is much better than the movie! The character development was well done. I enjoyed the back story of the main character as it flowed into the action story of the river. I also liked hearing what happened when the river trip was over.
I have listened to this narrator read other books. He gets two thumbs up!