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I haven't watched Deliverance in a very long time, but I decided to read the book. When I was a kid, I was never into Tom Sawyer, Hardy Boys, or other boyhood adventures. I found them to be too slow and too clean for my liking. At the time, I probably watch Rambo First Blood without my parents' supervision until the video tape broke. I was that kid that blew up his army men, played with matches and explore dark hidden paths, where little boys shouldn't go.
What makes these books and movies so great, such as Deliverance and Rambo, there is no language barriers to tell the story. The plot isn't too complex for someone to follow. Understanding the dialogue isn't important as watching the action in the movie. You can know what is going on just by watching the characters on the screen.
One of my memories of my grandma is, she used to love watching old western movies. My grandma barely spoke English, but the movies was straight forward enough for someone to understand without words. I cannot remembered if she watched Deliverance with me, but when First Blood was release on VHS, I can remember watching it over and over with her.
James Dickey wrote Deliverance to be simple and fast pace. It is not a complex story at all, but the simplicity of the plot and basic character development makes the movie and book a classic.
Next time, try muting a movie, such as most kung fu flicks from the 70's and you will be amaze at how much you understand the plot.
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.
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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.
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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!