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 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.
I liked the book because I have a lot of experience on artificial lakes in California. Lots of buried towns with lost stories. The story takes place in the south but resonates anywhere with that vibe.
The narrator was perfect.
Be careful at high volumes because the narration whistles his S's. The story is exciting if not a little too full of the overdramatic "outdoor mysticism."
It is interesting listening to this book after having read the book and watch the movie many years ago. The images from the movie still come alive while the book is being read. This is definitely one of those books and movies that is a cult classic and must be read/watched at some point in ones life. The book and movie has defined backwoods people for generations since. Who hasn't driven through a backwoods town without humming the first bars of Dueling Banjos to the person sitting next to you? I read a number of years ago the book Summer of Deliverance by Christopher Dickey , James Dickeys son. It recounted the making of the movie and the struggles in Jim Dickeys life. It really interested me because I had seen the movie but had not read the book. The book, naturally is better! Will Patten does a good job of reading this book. His voice fits this story well. All of us that live in the city, at one time or another have dreamed of going out into the woods or taking s canoe trip to just get away from it all. But then we think of Deliverance and the trio remains just that, a dream.
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.
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