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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 2015

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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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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-08-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 10-08-13 Member Since 2015

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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 2015

    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.

    3 of 3 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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    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

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-10-13
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally took the ride"

    I had always put off reading this book - I suppose everyone thinks"squeal like a pig" when they hear "Deliverance". But I found it to be a very well written story, and now I am curious to watch the movie (I had only seen parts of it before.) I would recommend.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Doug of Silver Lake Los Angeles, CA USA 11-19-11
    Doug of Silver Lake Los Angeles, CA USA 11-19-11 Member Since 2015

    Providing other Amazon Shoppers with honest, concise product reviews.

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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.

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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 11-06-11
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 11-06-11 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Squeal Like a Pig"

    The movie Deliverance, an icon for at least one generation is reference for every fated trip into the wilderness. This book so poetically narrated brings the listener along on the trip down the river. James Dickey gives us this delicious/dangerous setting in the rural South.
    It all works; this story is wonderful. P. S. I did miss that line though

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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 04-02-14
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 04-02-14

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "The River Wilder"

    I saw the film when I was a teen... very inappropriate, and all I remember was "the scene" and some banjo music.

    No need to watch it again. This is a BEAUTIFUL book... lovingly narrated, beautifully produced, and it's on the "top 100 of American Reads" from some list or another.

    It deserves it's place. Yes, it is unsettling, but no good book is without some controversy. For the time it was written (1970) it is bold... not unlike Philip Roth (one of my favorite authors) when it comes to writing men with their bravado, their facades and when it all comes crumbling down, each man grapples with what has happened in his own way. They are both beaten, tested to the limits of their humanity and al but one trumps over the experience. The man narrating it (the main protagonist) is a thoughtful, grateful man. I wouldn't mind having him for a father or a husband.

    Yeah... you might *think* you know the story...but I'm guessing that the movie adaptation is sensational, and doesn't allow for the quiet moments.

    Listen to it... it is one of the best produced books in my library. 5 stars on every level.

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    Elizabeth 11-01-13
    Elizabeth 11-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.

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    "This is NOT the movie"

    I saw the movie many years ago when it came out. I always felt "creeped out" about the movie. Now that I have read the book, I know the whole story. I know the real "ending". The book is not creepy. It is intense though. I love it when a book is in first person. A movie just can't portray those thoughts. Great book, author and narrator. Forget the movie. Read the book. How one trip down a river changes many lives forever.

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  • Michael
    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
    2/11/12
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    "Deliverance of a beautifully written book"

    One of the best downloads I have purchased from audible. I have listened to this adventure countless times, now. And never get bored with it: the language, the characters, the mood, the description.

    Worth every pound.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    If you could sum up Deliverance in three words, what would they be?

    very very good


    What did you like best about this story?

    l have seen the movie but the book seems to be excellent a very good read


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    8/2/13
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    "Harrowing, exciting and thought-provoking."

    I really enjoyed this. Having seen the film, I was aware of how much hearing the characters' thoughts and motivations added to the story. It's one of the most realistic thrillers I've come across, which is where a lot of its power lies.

    The reading by Will Patton is perfect, with all the emotions of the narrator tainting the edge of his voice until it's hard to believe that this isn't the voice of Ed himself, recounting his horrific and painful memories for you personally.

    The only downside with the novel, for me, was that it meandered here and there, and perhaps the ending (detailing the aftermath) seemed to drag a little. It's forgivable, as these wordy sections are usually describing the awe, fear and spiritual experiences Ed goes through in the environment and the situation - his reason for being there. But these details of his connections with nature grated on me slightly when I so badly wanted to see how the next plot point would turn out.

    Definitely recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kmcca5
    Brighton, Sussex By The Sea, UK
    8/7/14
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    "You ain't from around here are ya boy?"
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    Love the film, love the music from the film so was over the moon when I saw this in audible form.

    Enjoyed the story, beautify written if a little dated in places and got through it in two sittings. The narrator and writer paints the picture in your head with ease. Fast paced and packed with hill billies, what is not to like…. Well there is that one bit, you know the squeal piggy bit that is a quite difficult to listen to but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t too gratuitous in that direction. Well worth the hours and would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • garry
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    7/24/14
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    "Squeal Like A Pig!"
    Would you try another book written by James Dickey or narrated by Will Patton?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very much like the classic movie


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He brings the book to life


    Any additional comments?

    A good book for all movie buffs

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    12/4/14
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    "A proper Story - Simple and brilliantly written"

    Not my normal read. It is very macho but I had loved the film and when I saw this in one of the deals I thought I had nothing to loose.
    It was so much better than OK I really enjoyed it and the fact it was very similar to the film. The story lines were true to each other but the book had more grit to it and felt more real.
    What surprised me was how well the human bonds were depicted in the story and how much sympathy I felt for the character.
    Definitely a great compulsive read and I was left wishing there were more James Dickey Novels out there.
    Good one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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