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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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.
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!
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 follows four men as they canoe down a little traveled river that will soon be lost when a dam is built. Unexpected encounters with mountain men who do not have friendship in mind, Whitewater with mostly inexperienced paddlers. Injuries. Deaths. Its all in this novel. And Will Patton gives an excellent performance.
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