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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I was completely floored by this book's brilliance. It is THE PERFECT BOOK to read if you're entering middle age and feeling a bit restless in the repetitive normalcy of daily life.
The story moves fast and the suspense is top notch, but the book's genius is in its every sentence. Dickey is a poet, a stunning writer who sees as deeply as possible into the human soul. After listening to the book--read wonderfully by Will Patton--I now have to buy a physical copy so I can underline all the lines that felt like Dickey was speaking directly to me.
Read this. The movie is great, but the book is genius.
One of the best!
This story required the perfect narrator, and Will Patton was just that. He intelligently, softly, and matter of factly told the story, understating the deep emotion and horror, while allowing the listener to supply her own emotions. Such a rare ability, and so masterfully accomplished.
I usually listen only in my car, but for this book I listened for hours on my couch, unable to let it go til the next day.
I chose this book because of the high recommendation by Pat Conroy, in his book, My Reading Life. I was not disappointed. Each word, phrase, and sentence were artfully arranged, presenting a picture that flowed through my mind so beautifully I did not want it to end.
But not by much. This is still one of the best psychological thrillers written, because it uses people who you are likely to run into today, especially in DC. I live in a rural part of CA, and yes, there are some pretty scary characters in the wilderness that we should never have to deal with. When these four cityslickers decide to do some serious rafting down a remote river somewhere in the southern US, they bite off far more than they ever could have eaten. The 1970 story still has a strange fascination that grips the reader/listener from the beginning.
No dueling banjos to listen to, except you will hear it in your head if you have seen the movie, or just remember the hit song. The movie did a great job with this story, but the book is really good. Even better with this narrator.
Although there are a few intense moments, or really just one, it is necessary and the story is very well written and entertaining. The subject of wondering what we are really capable of doing, the inner voice most intimate curiosities are seldom discussed but it is covered in this book which makes it extra fascinating.
I DON'T THINK I ASKED FOR THIS, BUT I KNOW I DON'T WANT IT.
DIDN'T READ IT
I REALLY DON'T THINK I SENT FOR THIS;.
It's excellent, the narration is excellent. I couldn't stop listening, I had seen the movie, but the book was way better. The emotions that are so accurately described. I would listen to it again!
I love Will Patton! His narration is always spot on. The story was great, because it was different from the movie, it was like a whole new story!
Getting to know the characters in their homes before the trip
His voice is like butter
Yes. It was so beautifully narrated and is a complete and immersing story of friendship, survival and culture.
Lord of the Flies perhaps? A Walk In the Woods on the water and gone feral.
I haven't. I suspect anything he does will be a luxury for the ears and mind.
The Heart of Darkness revisited? (This explains why I'm not in advertising.) Since, as we all know, it's already been done and Burt Reynolds, John Voight and (of course) Ned Beatty (who did the heavy lifting in this film so-to-speak) might be a bit miffed. Anyone of a certain age absolutely remembers one particular line from the movie and of course, that's the first thing they think of when they hear the word "Deliverance". I didn't see the movie until I was much older but I remember the macabre movie posters at the cinema when I was a kid.
I listened to this a couple of years ago based on the strength of the reviews and I thought I owed it to Mr. Dickey to explore his words. I was so so so grateful to everyone who convinced me with their words that this was much more than "that one scene". What a great piece of work and what a journey the author and Mr. Patton took me on. I escaped my world when I listened and I am forever thankful for that. If the subject of audiobooks comes up I recommend it to anyone who'll listen to me and of course, I get that shocked and uncomfortable look. The book deserves so much more recognition than notoriety as a film. Sorry Burt, John and Ned.
The movie doesn't capture the true feelings behind this book. After reading this book I feel like I can understand the mid life crisis emotions that makes someone want to do extreme sports and murder.
As usual, Will Patton is beyond compare giving voice to the characters of this very good book.
A beautifully written, spellbinding story of four fools ' disastrous canoe trip down a rarely traveled river. Only Louis has experience, so this makes him the biggest fool of all. Hickeys descriptions are wonderful. One is drawn in by every detail. Will Patton is as usual fantastic. One of those books never to be forgotten.
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