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.
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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.
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.
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.
"Deliverance of a beautifully written book"
One of the best downloads I have purchased from audible. I have listened to this adventure countless times, now. And never get bored with it: the language, the characters, the mood, the description.
Worth every pound.
very very good
l have seen the movie but the book seems to be excellent a very good read
"Harrowing, exciting and thought-provoking."
I really enjoyed this. Having seen the film, I was aware of how much hearing the characters' thoughts and motivations added to the story. It's one of the most realistic thrillers I've come across, which is where a lot of its power lies.
The reading by Will Patton is perfect, with all the emotions of the narrator tainting the edge of his voice until it's hard to believe that this isn't the voice of Ed himself, recounting his horrific and painful memories for you personally.
The only downside with the novel, for me, was that it meandered here and there, and perhaps the ending (detailing the aftermath) seemed to drag a little. It's forgivable, as these wordy sections are usually describing the awe, fear and spiritual experiences Ed goes through in the environment and the situation - his reason for being there. But these details of his connections with nature grated on me slightly when I so badly wanted to see how the next plot point would turn out.
"You ain't from around here are ya boy?"
Love the film, love the music from the film so was over the moon when I saw this in audible form.
Enjoyed the story, beautify written if a little dated in places and got through it in two sittings. The narrator and writer paints the picture in your head with ease. Fast paced and packed with hill billies, what is not to like…. Well there is that one bit, you know the squeal piggy bit that is a quite difficult to listen to but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t too gratuitous in that direction. Well worth the hours and would recommend.
"Squeal Like A Pig!"
It was very much like the classic movie
He brings the book to life
A good book for all movie buffs
I am 39 years old and probably came across the film around 15 years ago and watched, thinking it was pretty good.. a but dated, but good.
The book is the same, its a bit 'waffly' it goes on and on and not a lot happens at times.I found the narraters 'hushed' voice a bit tiresome after a while. I was after some good old red neck nastyness and this doesnt really deliver.
It does explain the river and woods a lot, maybe thats the point of the book.
"A proper Story - Simple and brilliantly written"
Not my normal read. It is very macho but I had loved the film and when I saw this in one of the deals I thought I had nothing to loose.
It was so much better than OK I really enjoyed it and the fact it was very similar to the film. The story lines were true to each other but the book had more grit to it and felt more real.
What surprised me was how well the human bonds were depicted in the story and how much sympathy I felt for the character.
Definitely a great compulsive read and I was left wishing there were more James Dickey Novels out there.
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