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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Love to exercise while listening
Not sure. I thought this was more about adventure.
I'm glad this was over. A little too deep for me.
I couldn't separate myself away from Remember the Titans. I guess his voice was perfect for this. His slow southern drawl.
Don't think so.
Absolutely blown away by the narration. So would've thought will Patton was so good
Really enthralling book and great American novel.
All... He nails it. Riveting book you just want them to get away
Old book breathed new life by narration
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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
Yes... The way the story unfolds is pretty horrific and sinister without being overly dramatic
His voice, intonation and characterisation was flawless
Listen to or read the book!
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.
Ed's smart quips and ethereal observations easily lend him to be my favorite character.
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.
Louis - he seems like an entertaining dinner guest.
The narrator, Will Patton, has delivered a truly mesmerizing performance, breathing life not only into the characters, but to River itself. Truly a masterpiece.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not sure. I think the narrator was fine.
I felt a little on edge throughout, which I think is intended.
Don't let my review stop you. If this is a genre you enjoy, it's not a bad book.
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.
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