Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This was a selection made because it was on sale and Audible reviewers are nearly unanimous in their praise and assurances that the movie did not do the story justice. They are right. I was not prepared for the intensity and beauty of Dickey’s writing, especially once the guys got to the river. His connection to the wilderness and his ability, through Ed’s musings, to communicate the primal shift in focus, commitment and even self-identity, was eloquence itself. Feeling the transformation Ed made from being content (almost proud) to be a “slider” to becoming a take-charge survivor raised this from a testosterone saturated action script to a rethinking of “The Lord of the Flies”.
The only thing that keeps this from 5 stars for me is the relative weakness of the opening. While it was important to know who Ed was prior to the river, Dickey took too long with the set-up, actually making Ed so unlikeable and apathetic about his own life that the dramatic transformation on the river would be unbelievable if not written so well.
A shout-out has to be given to Will Patton’s astounding narration. Had I tried reading this in print, I’m almost positive I would never have finished. It took Patton to really take me into Ed’s head on the cliff, up in the tree, going through the rapids. The voicing of all the other characters is spot on, natural and unforced. A perfect performance.
So Many Books, So Little Time
James Dickey was a poet with an astonishing ability to blend the terrifying with the beautiful. This story is a perfect example of his skills. Will Patton's narration was spot on (as always.) A perfect blend of fine story-telling and skillful narration.
I read this book a long time ago, I thought at the time it was a great read, it still is although this time around it took some time to get to the point . The narrator was first class, the characters were strong, as was the story line. All in all I'm glad I read it a second time
I am not a sophisticated reader but I do enjoy a lot of different categories of books. I enjoy historical non-fiction, humorous books by the likes of David Sedaris and Tina Fey, I enjoy some science fiction, and I like self-help books focused on depression and anxiety. Oh, and I like the occasional business related books about online marketing.Additionally, I'm particularly fond of books read by Will Patton. He's really quite amazing.
This book is truly incredible and breathtaking. And Will Patton's narration of Deliverance is nothing short of amazing. In fact, I would argue that this audiobook is, perhaps, even better than the 1970's movie which is a great piece of cinema.
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
Most of the time stories under 8-10 hours leave me a little unfulfilled. It's hard for me to really get into the characters and the story in a "short" book. This was not the case with Deliverance. Dickey told an amazing story, with a lot of depth to it. Elements of this story will be replaying in my mind for years to come. The author was able to keep this book short by focussing all his effort on THE story. He didn't dance back and forth between several parallel stories, but it never got stale or borring. He told a great story, and didn't waste a lot of time doing it. I highly recommend this book.
Will Patton was a phenomenal reader of this novel. He just seemed like the perfect voice for this story.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
This book can be described in one word, INTENSE. Even though it was very well written and a great story and narrated by the best in the field, Will Patton, I could not wait for it to get over, so that I could get this pressure off of my heart. So I could breath again. There are parts in this book where you will stop breathing and have to remind yourself to do so.
Dickey was a poet foremost and that comes out in his writing. It was a little slow to start. He spends time describing a bow like it is a naked woman. He goes into great detail describing vomit after a night of drinking. Yet once those canoes hit the water it is non-stop action. This is a thrill ride which will stay with you long after the audio is over.
Will Patton gets my vote for best narrator. I also loved him reading Alas, Babylon.
If you really like this book, you may want to get Winter's Bone. It is very poetic and about people in the backwoods.
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!
This was on my list to books to read in my lifetime. I have watched the movie and wondered if the book would be as good. It didn't disappoint. The story is gripping and very suspenseful to the very end. The story is of 4 men with somewhat hum drum lives that run into circumstances beyond what they had imagined for a weekend wilderness outing. Very good listen.
Listened to the book after reading and seeing movie many years ago. Enjoyed even more listening to Audible version. This is a "Must Listen" to book.
A middle aged surfer dude who travels a lot, lives in SoCal and likes to read only good stuff.
This is a book about men, for men. It is a story about an ordinary group of men who have an extraordinary experience and how one man comes to terms with a horrible situation and becomes a man, even when he thought he already was one. This is a great story, but it is also so well written and so well told (Will Patton- incredible) that you will be transported to the story and forget where you are. I listen to these books in my car, and I can say that many miles disappeared from me for most of the time I listened. This story, this reader, bring it all home to you. Deliverance is first class entertainment, which constantly challenges you to ask yourself 'what would I do?'