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Deliverance | [James Dickey]

Deliverance

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 08-04-14
    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 08-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Even better than the first time I read it!"

    I read this novel several years ago and admired James Dickey's writing talents even then. However, listening to it read by my favorite narrator, Will Patton, made me realize what a great work it really is. I found myself thinking of the river as a real character in the story - one who could push others to do things, both good and bad, they had never dreamed they could do. I thought about the reversal of the roles of Ed and Lewis as the story went on. Lewis almost forced the others to go on his trip and he seemed to rule the river in the beginning. Ed was content to be a follower until confronted by real evil. Then he becomes the true leader of the group and is forced to make decisions that will haunt all of them for the rest of their lives. I was moved near the end of the story when Ed went back down to the river and drank. I felt much meaning in this - that he had not been beaten by the river, but still respected it. This is a near perfect combination of author and narrator. I would give it more than fire stars if I could. Read it!

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    C. Kolb Seattle, WA United States 07-03-14
    C. Kolb Seattle, WA United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Spectacular match of storytelling & narration"
    What did you love best about Deliverance?

    James Dickey has an amazing way with words. Several times I re-listened to passages just to enjoy the dialog and descriptions again. Many times I would think "yes, that feels true" whether he was talking about things I've done (gaining confidence in a canoe) or things I hope I never do (tracking someone through the woods). And I can't imagine anyone doing a better job reading this than Will Patton! He made the book come alive for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A classic story that holds up well over time and is expertly told. You could set this in current times, make the guys lose cell coverage and nothing else would really change.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    It felt like I was sitting next to Will Patton while he told me a story of a trip he took. It never sounded like reading or even acting. He infused the whole book with life and character without overdoing it. We just re-watched the movie and found myself constantly disappointed by the lack of his voice (even though I knew he wasn't in it).


    Who was the most memorable character of Deliverance and why?

    While Lewis is an interesting character, this is Ed's journey. I like seeing a character go through experiences that helps them learn more about themselves and push their limits.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good storytelling.

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    mjbooknerd 06-22-14
    mjbooknerd 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm so glad I finally got to listen to this book!"
    Where does Deliverance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 5. Will Patton as the narrator definitely helps this ranking.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I just kept waiting for the next bad thing to happen. I was disappointed that the banjo scene didn't happen in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ed's scene where he waits for the shooter in the tree after climbing up the cliff.


    If you could take any character from Deliverance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ed. I would have to ask him how he decided to trust Lewis to plan a canoe trip down an unknown river and how he managed to climb the cliff without any help and find the shooters location.


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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-08-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2015

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Never Underestimate Running Water."

    This book was on sale sooooo many times and after reading the reviews I had an inclination to read it. So finally I broke down and bought it. There was many references of James Dickey's writing to be poetic. Which should have been a clue to me since I don't like poetry. This isn't my typical type of book to listen to, but I always loved a good survival story. The first hour was really boring and I was defiantly ready for an adventure by the time it actual came, about the time they got on the river. Ed started out as a complete bore, not only to himself but to me too. This book is good, but for me it was a little wordy and descriptive. The narrator was good and authentic sounding. With all the description of the book and the low sound of the narrator I did have a tendency for my mind to wonder, mostly when Ed was in his own head mussing. On the plus side I was able to fully visualize the land. Once the action started happening I was right there in the wilderness fighting for our lives along with the rest of the gang. Overall I would give this book a rating of 3.5.

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    Steven Turlock, CA, United States 03-28-14
    Steven Turlock, CA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Even better than I remember with great performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deliverance to be better than the print version?

    Will Patton did a fantastic job


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deliverance?

    Everyone who has seen the movie or read the book knows the most memorable moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this audiobook!

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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-14-14
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2015

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "Really didn't know what I was getting myself into"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure. I thought this was more about adventure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I'm glad this was over. A little too deep for me.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I couldn't separate myself away from Remember the Titans. I guess his voice was perfect for this. His slow southern drawl.


    Was Deliverance worth the listening time?

    Don't think so.


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    Adam bunbury, Australia 03-12-14
    Adam bunbury, Australia 03-12-14
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    "will Patton squel like a pig... in a good way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely blown away by the narration. So would've thought will Patton was so good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deliverance?

    Really enthralling book and great American novel.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    All... He nails it. Riveting book you just want them to get away


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Old book breathed new life by narration


    Any additional comments?

    Get this one

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    Paul nimbin, DC, United States 02-12-14
    Paul nimbin, DC, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Glad I read the book"
    What made the experience of listening to Deliverance the most enjoyable?

    Having seen the movie years ago I was keen to read the book to see if it had the same haunting quality. It totally did, and more


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes... The way the story unfolds is pretty horrific and sinister without being overly dramatic


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice, intonation and characterisation was flawless


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Listen to or read the book!


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    Courtney Baltimore, MD 02-11-14
    Courtney Baltimore, MD 02-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Truly mesmerizing performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deliverance to be better than the print version?

    I would imagine that the audio book is better than the print version because Will Patton truly brings the narrator to life in a way I don't think many could do on their own.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ed's smart quips and ethereal observations easily lend him to be my favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Even from the beginning, I was capitvated by the author's style. Any moment when he is describing a scene or setting up an emotion are simply beautiful. My favorite moment of the book was towards the beginning when I realized that I was looking forward to taking a canoe trip on Friday, as well as the characters.


    If you could take any character from Deliverance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Louis - he seems like an entertaining dinner guest.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator, Will Patton, has delivered a truly mesmerizing performance, breathing life not only into the characters, but to River itself. Truly a masterpiece.

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    Kimberly Canton, GA, USA 01-31-14
    Kimberly Canton, GA, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Both beautiful and horrible"
    Would you listen to Deliverance again? Why?

    This book is nearly perfect. The language is beautiful and the subject is horrible and the balance between the two is really, really good. If you liked the movie (also excellent), the book is really worth a listen. Also, Will Patton is a great narrator.


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