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.
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Even though this book was written in the 70's, I had not read it until now. I haven't seen the movie either. The perfomance is very good by Will Patton. You can tell that the story is a little old, but it is still a good story. Four friends decide to "get away from it all" and go on a hunting trip. But they are caught up in something they could not have imagined. They meet mountain folks who are sick and perturbed. I'm glad to say that it doesn't end too well for the mountain men.
What a masterpiece. I typically read/listen to non-fiction history or business books, but took a respite based on the outstanding reviews of Deliverance. Like many, I have seen the movie multiple times, but never read the book. It is FAR better than the movie. The descriptions of the trek down the river put you right in the canoe through every set of rapids and up the gorge wall. And to top it off, Will Patton's performance is possibly the best I've heard on an audio book. A homerun!
Time well-spent listening to this great piece of literature.
Listening while I run.
James Dickey takes you down the river. When you are done, you will be battered, bruised, broken and in awe. Will Patton was spot on. The movie is for the timid - listen to this book.
I downloaded James Dickey's Deliverance because I'd never seen the movie and was looking for a relatively short, entertaining listen to fill the space between detective thrillers from Sandford, Burke, and others. Deliverance filled the bill nicely in giving me something to listen to, but came up relatively short on entertainment. I found the story to be engaging and if I was looking to have deep thoughts about the implications of one man's struggle against the wild and other men I probably would have enjoyed it more. In other words this novel is justifiably considered part of the body of American literature rather than a "beach read".
The book really is all about the story and the implications of the protagonist's actions on his future and on the reader's thoughts. The characters themselves, other than the main character Ed, are at best very shallowly developed and at worst simply mute cardboard cutouts. The antogonists are hillbillies, not really the evil villain type; yes I get that it gives you something more to think about but I would prefer something more satisfying when they meet their fate. And for a novel set in a wild rapids river, there is very little action or suspense. Really as I was listening to it I just concluded, "This is really good writing and a decent story but it's not very exciting. Maybe it would do better if someone creative made it into a movie."
That said, Will Patton's performance is beyond compare and for me, and is the high point of the audiobook. Patton narrates the Dave Robicheaux novels from James Lee Burke and his laconic, accented reading style suit both Burke's and this novel really perfectly.
Bottom line, a decent listen especially if you like modern American literature in an adventure setting. For me, I can't wait to hit play on the latest novel from John Sandford, which just came out!
Very Well Done. The words were a melody singing the complications of a man's primal instincts.
Yes. Gripping, exciting, and a setting all men can relate to.
When the decision was made not to go to the authorities about the murder
Yes. neither laughed or cried but rather SHOCKED, at the rape!
Explosive with antisipation, and keeps you somewhat guessing..... will they be found out or not, all the way to the end!
This was a great reader. I loved that Ed in spite of his fears and doubts pushed ahead and encouraged Bobby to stay strong amid his excruciating experience on what was supposed to have been an adventure for the men. Mr. Dickey and Mr. Patton did a great job in writing and narrating. I loved the narration, the mellow voice of Ed and the country tone of Lewis who was crazy and daring, Bobby who always sounded afraid. Each man had to come to terms with his conscience and moral of what’s right and wrong and survival.
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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.
If I hadn't seen the movie I probably would have enjoyed this book more. That's not to say I didn't like it. I did like it. The movie, or at least my memory of the movie, seemed more exciting. There were parts that were nearly identical but the book had more of what was going through the characters minds - more big picture philosophical views. Naturally, that's hard to translate to the screen so the movie feels more gritty.
The writing is descriptive, the central narration is believable and the plot moved steadily. Deliverance is not a classic work of fiction by any means, but neither is it hack job.
My observations should you consider reading (possible spoilers):
- very 70'ish in tone and dialogue (slightly dated).
- homosexual rape scene/and other sexual references.
- survivalist mindset including murder
"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
"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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