The smash-hit best seller that inspired the acclaimed 1972 film starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox is now available in unabridged audio for the very first time.
The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.
This classic tale is vividly read by movie and TV star and Audie Award-winning narrator Will Patton.
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I thorouvhly enjoyed the story.
It started a bit slow but it really pocked up.
The most suspenseful and exciting part for me was Ed climbing the cliff and hu tinv down the hunter.
The narrator was simply fantastic. I am sure his reading made this a great audio book.
I have never seen the movie, but knew the premise. This was more man vs river than anything. A good story, and Will Patton was a perfect choice as the reader. Overall it was enjoyable, but rather slow paced.
This is one of the best-written books I've read (listened to) and I can't believe I waited so long. I'm very familiar with the movie and knew what was coming at every turn, but was still so drawn in to the narration that I kept catching myself tensed up. I also have a new respect for how loyal the film was to the story (although far less detailed, of course), particularly the casting. The actors were so spot-on perfect for their book counterparts that it's hard to believe that the book wasn't based on the film rather than the other way around.
I bought the book yesterday evening and finished listening late into the night. This morning, it's still weighing on my mind.
Sixty years young. Surfer, Kayaker, Abalone diver, Backpacker. Rabid reader/listener. I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
So much better than the movie. Amazing use of descriptive language by the author, and superb narration by Will Patton.
An excellent performance of a great story. The narrator and author are both in their element with this book. Great!
No. Another book read by Will Patton would probably be good though.
The whole story did not quite go the way that I expected. There was a lot of anticipation built, but not very much action.
I had never seen the movie and wanted to know why Deliverance is so widely referenced. The book was not that great. I have since seen the movie and think it was much much worse than the book. I do not know why this work ever gained popularity.
Will's narration puts you on the river with this quartet of city boys in over their heads in the Georgia back country. Even if you've seen the movie you'll want to listen to this one.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
I must say this was one of the better thrillers I've read and very different than the norm.
Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
I might listen to this story again, simply to relive the poetic images described by a superb narrator.
From the point in the story where two men step from the woods intent on violation, I was hooked until the end.
This book is descriptive and written in first person narrative. Unlike books that are mostly dialogue, this story is introspective as the narrator looks back on a fateful experience in his past and the lessons learned from it. Will Patton's voice delivering James Dickey's poetic and haunting prose kept my interest all the way through.
I think the denouement where Ed, the main character, comes into a deeper understanding of himself and the frailty of human nature is what will stick with me.
This is a story about four men chafing at the bonds of mid-life who decide to add some excitement to their lives by taking a canoe trip into unfamiliar territory. A quote from the book is: "...another life--deliverance." That is what they are seeking at mid-life. Their deliverance comes differently than they had expected and in different ways for all of them.
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