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Deliverance | [James Dickey]

Deliverance

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.
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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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    Ms. Reevu United States 11-14-11
    Ms. Reevu United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2008

    Ms. Reevu

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    "Hold Onto Your Pants - We're Goin' For a Ride!!!"

    I remember the movie from long ago, and never even knew it was from a book...until now. And what a book it is! Once they get into the woods and on that boat, believe me...you are going for a ride right along with them!

    You're going to feel thrashed around on that white river, you're going to smell the moss and molds of the forest, you're going to grab your side and wince when one of the characters gets hurt. You are going into a place where you'd never dare enter outside of these 'pages', so hang on, buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 02-23-13
    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2011

    So Many Books, So Little Time

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    "Amazing Book, Superb Narration"

    James Dickey was a poet with an astonishing ability to blend the terrifying with the beautiful. This story is a perfect example of his skills. Will Patton's narration was spot on (as always.) A perfect blend of fine story-telling and skillful narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 11-15-11
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 11-15-11
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    "delivered"

    I read this book a long time ago, I thought at the time it was a great read, it still is although this time around it took some time to get to the point . The narrator was first class, the characters were strong, as was the story line. All in all I'm glad I read it a second time

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Loyd Los Angeles, CA USA 11-19-11
    Doug Loyd Los Angeles, CA USA 11-19-11 Member Since 2010

    I am not a sophisticated reader but I do enjoy a lot of different categories of books. I enjoy historical non-fiction, humorous books by the likes of David Sedaris and Tina Fey, I enjoy some science fiction, and I like self-help books focused on depression and anxiety. Oh, and I like the occasional business related books about online marketing.Additionally, I'm particularly fond of books read by Will Patton. He's really quite amazing.

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    "Will Patton's Narration Is Amazing!"

    This book is truly incredible and breathtaking. And Will Patton's narration of Deliverance is nothing short of amazing. In fact, I would argue that this audiobook is, perhaps, even better than the 1970's movie which is a great piece of cinema.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-08-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-08-13 Member Since 2012

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "EXCELLENT STORY!!"

    Most of the time stories under 8-10 hours leave me a little unfulfilled. It's hard for me to really get into the characters and the story in a "short" book. This was not the case with Deliverance. Dickey told an amazing story, with a lot of depth to it. Elements of this story will be replaying in my mind for years to come. The author was able to keep this book short by focussing all his effort on THE story. He didn't dance back and forth between several parallel stories, but it never got stale or borring. He told a great story, and didn't waste a lot of time doing it. I highly recommend this book.

    Will Patton was a phenomenal reader of this novel. He just seemed like the perfect voice for this story.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-15-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Normal is Boring"

    This book can be described in one word, INTENSE. Even though it was very well written and a great story and narrated by the best in the field, Will Patton, I could not wait for it to get over, so that I could get this pressure off of my heart. So I could breath again. There are parts in this book where you will stop breathing and have to remind yourself to do so.

    Dickey was a poet foremost and that comes out in his writing. It was a little slow to start. He spends time describing a bow like it is a naked woman. He goes into great detail describing vomit after a night of drinking. Yet once those canoes hit the water it is non-stop action. This is a thrill ride which will stay with you long after the audio is over.

    Will Patton gets my vote for best narrator. I also loved him reading Alas, Babylon.

    If you really like this book, you may want to get Winter's Bone. It is very poetic and about people in the backwoods.

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    Jim N Chicago, IL 06-09-13
    Jim N Chicago, IL 06-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A Harrowing Journey"

    I bought Deliverance on a whim, because Audible had it on sale, and I didn't listen to it for quite some time. That was a mistake. I should have listened to this superb novel immediately, it's one of the better audiobooks i've experienced, perfectly read by Will Patton and vividly imagined by author James Dickey. Dickey was a poet and it's apparent in his insightful writing. His story of a journey into the wilderness gone wrong was incredible. Listen to it. Read it. Just make sure you don't miss it! It's a great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-25-13
    Kristi Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Leaving the country of the nine fingered people."
    Would you listen to Deliverance again? Why?

    Yes, this is one of those performances that you could listen to any time you wanted. The prose is beautiful and Will Patton's accents and cadence are perfect.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I saw the movie years ago, but wasn't sure of the ending. This ending was exacting and though provoking and to think this was a first novel!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He is a master of the speech patterns of the deep south. The lazy drawls, the unique wording and the wonderful descriptions that encompass James Dickey's book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It was a classic movie in 1972. If made today I would say, "Survival is all that matters."


    Any additional comments?

    The beautiful imagery of this book is truly captured in Mr. Patton's voice. "I was leaving the land of the nine-fingered people to return to the home of the Whopper."

    “I was standing in the most absolute aloneness that I had ever been given.”

    This book was told in the first person. You know exactly what Ed is thinking every moment of the story, that is something that is missing from the movie but what makes it perfect for an audiobook.

    I can't recommend this book enough. Don't miss it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abstractchick Utah 03-08-13
    Abstractchick Utah 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Didn't disappoint"

    This was on my list to books to read in my lifetime. I have watched the movie and wondered if the book would be as good. It didn't disappoint. The story is gripping and very suspenseful to the very end. The story is of 4 men with somewhat hum drum lives that run into circumstances beyond what they had imagined for a weekend wilderness outing. Very good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    Listened to the book after reading and seeing movie many years ago. Enjoyed even more listening to Audible version. This is a "Must Listen" to book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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