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.
©1970 James Dickey (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
100 Best Novels (The Modern Library)
All-Time 100 Novels (Time)
Having seen the movie many many years ago, I was very surprised when this book appeared on my book club list for the modern library top 100. However now that I've read it, I completely understand. It was WAY better than the movie! First person narration breathed such life into it, and Will Patton did a beautiful job with this material. I was literally on the edge of my seat, holding my breath at some places. During the whitewater rafting scenes, my guts clenched, and I could almost feel the panic of trying to get through it. The scenes were so well painted, i felt as though I were there. Forget everything you saw in the movie, this is the real deal.
If you listen to only one Audible book this year, make it Deliverance. The story is hold-your-breath-suspenseful while Dickey's writing is an elegant and earthy joy.
Narrator Will Patton brings to compelling life the characters of the four city adventurers and the two backwoods rednecks who change everyone's life forever. Patton's rendition of the suspicious Deputy Queen alone is worth the price of admission.
The movie version follows the general outline of the story, but there are significant differences between the two. In my opinion, Jon Voigt is seriously miscast as protagonist Ed Gentry. On the other hand, Ned Beatty is perfect in the role of Bobby Trippe.
Will Pattons performance makes this old story alive and new. His voice drowns out the images of the movie and brings the story back to what Dickey intended- a sad and beautiful tale of a grown man coming of age.
I will listen to anything Patton narrates. His work with James Lee Burke's stories made me buy Deliverance though I had read it 20 years ago, and I was happy I did.
The way the author brings the river to life as a character itself is outstanding. I originally had reservations about getting the book but it's now definitely amongst my favorites.
Having seen the film, we all have our preconceived notions. For myself, this completely held true. I assigned the movie's cast to the expected roles and headed into the book. From the outset, I was gripped by the imagery of the author. Though the initial chapter may feel a bit slow, it builds on the author's idea of painting not only the graphic seen but also the first?
enjoyed learning some of the backstory on the Movie, production, etc and James Dickey.......also - close tie between which was better - Book or Movie - usually one much preferred over the other.....
Top 1-3 narrators in my experience with Audible. Alas Babylon also a great performance.
Avid Listener of books at 1-1/2 times the normal speed. Trying to make up for all those boring high school teachers that could not reach me.
The poetry and descriptions in this book are just beautiful. Spend some time and listen to the words that flow from a true poet. This book is about as dark as I have ever listened to yet the descriptions we fantastic. I don't give plot descriptions I think you should listen to the book and make your own cunclussion.
When I thought deliverance All that came into my mind was squeal like a pig boy! That was not what I encountered while listening to this book. Fabulously written, and building suspense. If you're headed camping, download this and listen to it around the campfire. That's what I did, and it was perfect
I was hoping for a story that would take a while but even in Audible form this was a page turner. I saw the movie adaptation but this unabridged book fleshed it out. Very well read/acted, very vivid.
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