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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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    Jeanne Leavenworth, KS, United States 11-29-11
    Jeanne Leavenworth, KS, United States 11-29-11
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    "Great Listen"

    I saw the movie when it came out. The book was much better as you got an insight to the characters. I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-28-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Still Scary"

    Not sure if scary is the word to use but this book is definitely just as how I remembered it and I for one, will not be making a trip out to that area anytime soon in fear that something similar could happen to me.

    The narrator does a great job too. He is very impressive and sounds awfully like Jon Voight, who was the main character from the movie.

    I do have one regret though, too bad they couldn't somehow get the banjo music from the movie to be played somewhere within the audiobook. It's hard to think of Deliverance without hearing that tune in your head.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Westland, MI, United States 12-26-11
    Eric Westland, MI, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "couldn't keep listening"

    I never saw the movie, but was interested so I got the audio book since it was featured on sale. I gave it a chance, even got past half way through, but I couldn't take anymore. The narrator did fine, the plot has potential. The writing was unbearable. There was so much deep and unnecessary inner monologue about his feelings and nature that the substance of the story could be condensed in half at least. Waste of money even on sale.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter United States 10-12-13
    Peter United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Prestty Good"
    What did you like best about Deliverance? What did you like least?

    It was good way to kill some time


    What did you like best about this story?

    Short and to the point


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

    One of the better performance


    Could you see Deliverance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    it has already beeen


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 09-23-13
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2010

    I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.

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    "Brilliant but 1st person narration gets old"

    Dickey writes great. But there's quite a bit of action here and the 1st person ("I did this and then this and then this") is not particularly suited for that, especially during the lengthy cliff-climb scene. Protagonist Ed--who works in a photography studio--comes across very poetic, maybe more than one would expect, which is not surprising since Dickey was a poet. Great story though. More at the beginning and ending than the film; otherwise the book is very fateful to the action.

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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 03-28-13
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Forced listen"

    Sorry, I know a lot of you really liked this one, but it didn't work out for me. Way too slow and so-so plot of can we get away with murder in the woods with no one looking....

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    Stuart rd5 Hamilton, New Zealand 03-11-13
    Stuart rd5 Hamilton, New Zealand 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A winning delivery"
    What did you love best about Deliverance?

    The story had it's problems really, but the narration was good enough to smooth over them. Considering the age of the book now it has lasted well.


    What other book might you compare Deliverance to and why?

    Not sure, maybe an early version of Hunger Games, bit more reality based.


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

    The rhythm and cadence is just right.


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

    Not really, just engaging right from the start.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    twyla dublin, OH, United States 03-10-13
    twyla dublin, OH, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration - Good; Book - ok"

    This book was ok, not too exciting, not too substantive for me. Seemed to be lacking on true action, it seemed to be filled with what the men were thinking far more than needed. There were a couple really good parts, brief and far between.
    I do not recall ever seeing the movie. I am neutral on recommending this - just depends on what you're looking for.
    The narration was good, Will Patton has a unique voice, I didn't remember his name but I immediately knew who he was from having seen his movies. He did a good job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Alpena, MI, United States 02-26-13
    James Alpena, MI, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012

    My first book I read was Winnie the Pooh, many years ago!

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    "The movie was great, the book is good."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deliverance to be better than the print version?

    NA


    If you’ve listened to books by James Dickey before, how does this one compare?

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    Did Will Patton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, I enjoyed the audio presentation.


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

    It brought back memories from when I saw the movie at the drive in...I still can think of the strong performances of the actors like Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Jon Voight. Now that I heard the audiobook, I can see where they got some of that passion. A very good book, moving, and spellbinding.


    Any additional comments?

    I found a few chapters that got mired down in description, which I could have easily turned the page if I had read the book.
    The overwhelming action sequences where they are in the river, fighting for thier lives in canoes grabs a hold of you, and makes you feel just like you are on the riverbank viewing all this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Chagrin Falls, OH, United States 02-22-13
    Terri Chagrin Falls, OH, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read. So, Audible has given me a chance to "read" when I normally couldn't. I really enjoy it.

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    "Not very good"

    This book wasn't very good. It seemed they tried, but what could have been an exciting story was read boring and wasn't written much better. I don't recommend this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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