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 like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
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.
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....
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.
Not sure, maybe an early version of Hunger Games, bit more reality based.
The rhythm and cadence is just right.
Not really, just engaging right from the start.
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.
My first book I read was Winnie the Pooh, many years ago!
Yes, I enjoyed the audio presentation.
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.
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.
I love to read. So, Audible has given me a chance to "read" when I normally couldn't. I really enjoy it.
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.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
This was just not my kind of book. Listenng to one man's philosophy on such a small subject is just too limited & boring to me.
I wouldn't rate this as highly as most other reviewers have done. I wasn't crazy about it, amidst other books ive found to be far better. The beginning and end were relatively interesting, but the middle drags.
What is thought provoking is how easily the innocent can become the guilty, without any malice or intent. Just life.
I remember watching the movie back in 1972 as an 11 year old and being very uncomfortable with a certain scene (you know the one), but it was a good movie - so I decided to see how the book was.
It is very well written and fills in the inner thoughts that are often missing from movie translations - it is told from the point of view of Ed.
I was a little uncomfortable with his description of his admiration of his macho friend Lewis more than that scene in the movie.
It's a different book from my usual listening fare, and ultimately it is a good listen.
Tried to listen to this book. It is very slow and ponderous with the dialogue hard to understand. Whilst I did not expect to hear the "Queen's English"spoken, I did expect that after some time I might be able to decipher the story as I would become accustomed to the voices. No such luck. My advice is unless you are a person from the back woods, don't buy this book.
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