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Deliverance Audiobook

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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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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    Suzanne Pleasanton, CA, United States 01-05-15
    Suzanne Pleasanton, CA, United States 01-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    An excellent performance of a great story. The narrator and author are both in their element with this book. Great!

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    Matt D Gieseke 11-04-14
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    "Excellent narrator. Not my favorite book though."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. Another book read by Will Patton would probably be good though.


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

    The whole story did not quite go the way that I expected. There was a lot of anticipation built, but not very much action.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never seen the movie and wanted to know why Deliverance is so widely referenced. The book was not that great. I have since seen the movie and think it was much much worse than the book. I do not know why this work ever gained popularity.

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    Robert Houston, TX, United States 10-20-14
    Robert Houston, TX, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great Will Patton naration"

    Will's narration puts you on the river with this quartet of city boys in over their heads in the Georgia back country. Even if you've seen the movie you'll want to listen to this one.

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    Dianne 10-16-14
    Dianne 10-16-14 Member Since 2012

    A good listener!

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    "Oldie but goodie"

    Well worth the listen, and of course Will Patton brought it to life. I couldn't turn off the sound on this one.

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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Classic"
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    I must say this was one of the better thrillers I've read and very different than the norm.

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    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 10-06-14
    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 10-06-14 Member Since 2015

    Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.

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    "Detach from film impressions. Read the book!"
    Would you listen to Deliverance again? Why?

    I might listen to this story again, simply to relive the poetic images described by a superb narrator.


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

    From the point in the story where two men step from the woods intent on violation, I was hooked until the end.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    This book is descriptive and written in first person narrative. Unlike books that are mostly dialogue, this story is introspective as the narrator looks back on a fateful experience in his past and the lessons learned from it. Will Patton's voice delivering James Dickey's poetic and haunting prose kept my interest all the way through.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the denouement where Ed, the main character, comes into a deeper understanding of himself and the frailty of human nature is what will stick with me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story about four men chafing at the bonds of mid-life who decide to add some excitement to their lives by taking a canoe trip into unfamiliar territory. A quote from the book is: "...another life--deliverance." That is what they are seeking at mid-life. Their deliverance comes differently than they had expected and in different ways for all of them.

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    Calliope 10-06-14
    Calliope 10-06-14
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    "What darkness is hidden in the deep?"

    This is not the movie, so for anyone who might be put off by the very famous rape scene in the film, don't worry........of course it's here, but it takes up a very small amount of time and the details are neither spelled out nor important. The incident is important in that it starts a fatal cat-and-mouse hunt between some river country natives and the quartet of city buddies out on a canoe trip, but that conflict and collision is only one part of what they go through when they travel down river.

    This isn't the first and wasn't the last book to use a river voyage as a metaphor for an internal voyage to the depths of one's soul, but it's effective nonetheless. The characters and their fates are a little cliched, and the language is occasionally overwrought, but still it's a good reminder of the effect that nature has upon us, and of and the strengths and weaknesses that we discover lay in us hidden in the course of our daily lives.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 09-22-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "In your face terror..."

    I had seen the movie, but had never read the book. This story is a master class in abject horror. I can't imagine the things these men went through. To be thrust so completely, and so immediately into such a foreign world ... so steeped in complete loss of control and reason. Dealing with unknown elements, both of the natural world, as well as the human terror they encounter. Such a great story! Very disturbing, but very good. Will Patton is a master narrator as well, really brought the story to life.

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    Ben Jackson 09-22-14
    Ben Jackson 09-22-14
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    "you loved the movie, you must listen to the book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Deliverance the most enjoyable?

    I have vivid memories of watching Deliverance and the impact of the sheer brutality of the encounter with the mountain men is etched in my mind. The book is a slow boiling burner that builds tension from the very beginning of the story. The dissatisfaction with their city lives is felt from the first page. Lewis convinces them to undertake this adventure to reclaim a bit of the adventure that has left them. The rest is history...

    Will Patton's narration was excellent for this book - his deep voice and the deliberate cadence of the story helped keep the tension building throughout the story. An excellent book brought to life by Will Patton


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    Books on tape Tennessee 09-12-14
    Books on tape Tennessee 09-12-14
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    "Beautifully written narrative"

    What an incredible listening experience that Deliverance delivers! To begin with, having seen and enjoyed the action aspect of the film, I found myself far more moved by the strikingly poetic narrative than by any of the action that I had hoped for when making my purchase . Listening to the lead character describe his thoughts and emotions throughout his daily life was so satisfying that I almost hated to hear events unfold so quickly. The action is disturbingly nerve rattling and very exciting but this book is sooo much more. Add Will Patton's flawless performance and you have yourself a top notch audio experience. I wish I had a quarter of the writing talent that Dickey displays here, I'd write a much better review. But, to sum things up, I'll say, this book didn't leave this listener with a rape scene in mind as much as it's beauty of carefully carved out words and it's imagery so skillfully wrought by the author that remains in my mind.

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