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Deliverance Audiobook

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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    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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    cmac 02-11-14
    cmac 02-11-14
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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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    Melissa Bee 01-26-14
    Melissa Bee 01-26-14
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    "Monstruous acts of survival"

    I have never seen this movie, (I was aware of a few quotes and the reference to the banjo music) so I listened to this book blindly. The build-up was slow, but filled with foreboding. When things did turn, they turned sharply and violently. What sets out as an adventurous canoe trip for four friends turns into a monstrous act of survival against man and nature. I really can't exactly pinpoint why I didn't like this novel more. One of my favorite narrator's, Will Patton, did a wonderful job reading it, but I felt the pacing might have been my main issue. This book is heavy on details and the connection between man and nature. From a purely literary perspective it was impressive-full of emphasis on symbolism and foreshadowing and an amazing, descriptive transformation by the main character

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-31-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy and Eerie"

    This is probably a 3.5 for me. I enjoyed the story and the writing, but there were some parts that I found to be slow moving. From what I understand, the movie is action packed and may be the way to go if you are looking for something faster paced. However, there were many parts in this book that I found to be chilling and eerie. It also helped that I had the proper "atmosphere" for the story - I listened to it during my commute to and from work, and since it is winter, I was often in the dark as I listened to it. Very creepy!!!! The narration was excellent; I loved Will Patton's portrayal of the narrator, as it was very believable.

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    Matthew Norman, OK, United States 12-20-13
    Matthew Norman, OK, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Every man should read this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    Okay, so that headline is a little patriarchal and hegemonic, but let's be honest: Deliverance could not be better. As both a Marine Corps veteran and a thirtysomething WASP male who is slowly watching his campfire-testosterone dreams of self-image diminish in converse proportion to his waistline, I can say this novel captures exquisitely both sides of the 20th century American male coin.

    The story alone is worth hearing, and would be a satisfying use of time even without Dickey's carefully-applied literary flare or Will Patton's flawless narration. The three elements combined add up to a reading (or listening, as it were) experience the impact of which I place nearly on a level with that of Forster's A Passage to India or Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust. Deliverance has all the chest-thumping man vs. nature and man vs. man tropes of classics like Robinson Crusoe, but the former comes with a suspense and a narrative punch that has to be heard to be appreciated.

    Ladies, this novel contains everything your man desires and everything he fears. Often, the two are one and the same.

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    Sara Winnetka, CA, United States 12-16-13
    Sara Winnetka, CA, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I know it's a classic, but it's not for everybody."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I downloaded this book to play in the car with a male friend. He's not into books on tape, but I thought he might get caught up in the action. Unfortunately, it didn't work for him and although I did listen to it through to the end, it was a bit grueling for me. I think it's more for people who like mystery, danger and adventure in a older style pen.


    What could James Dickey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think he did what he intended to do, and I think it's a great book for the right audience. Probably I should have passed on this one, since this isn't my typical genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Will Patton?

    Not sure. I think the narrator was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I felt a little on edge throughout, which I think is intended.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let my review stop you. If this is a genre you enjoy, it's not a bad book.

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    Nimue 11-15-13
    Nimue 11-15-13

    Avid audible listener!

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    "Unrealistic and boring."

    I found this book to be unrealistic and boring.
    As Ed states toward the end of the book, "we're a bunch of ## amateurs anyway", but somehow he is able to perform feats that I believe only a trained individual (hunter, police, or military) could perform. I think a person could do one, but not all, of what he did in his situation. He is then able to fit, apparently comfortably, back into his everyday life with little emotional change. The whole book was based on Ed's thoughts, but I really didn't see any indication that he was capable of what he did.
    There was no character development. I felt no sympathy for any of the characters. The only character I thought was even remotely plausible was Bobby.
    I found the narration boring. There were scenes that had potential to be exciting, but I didn't get that from this narrator.
    I bought this as one of the "Daily Deals" and wish I hadn't wasted my money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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