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Deliverance Audiobook

Deliverance

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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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    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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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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.

    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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    Doug Of Kansas City Kansas City, MO 11-19-11
    Doug Of Kansas City Kansas City, MO 11-19-11 Listener Since 2010

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

    Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.

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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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    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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    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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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-19-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 04-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Untamed Unreal Unbelievable Marrying Man to River"

    I've seen the movie a couple of times . . . it doesn't do the book justice. This audio version of Deliverance is absolutely one of the best books I've ever listened to. The narration is perfect. The story of four "city" men going into the untamed hills of Georgia to canoe down uncharted parts of a river is not too far fetched, and neither are the tales of country wildmen hunting down and abusing the "intruders". If you don't listen to the book, you will miss the relationship that forms between the man and the river and the hills that surround it. The things that cannot be taught to a person, but must be experienced . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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