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 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.
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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
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
or that a lot of the plot revolved around a male on male rape, and so much violence. It is awesomely written with vivid painted words. Will Patton told the story as though he had actually lived it. I can see why the ratings are so high. I couldn't stop listening. That said, I wish I had read something else, as I just keep seeing images I don't want to see anymore... it is a vivid and intense book.
This novel of survival on the river is every bit as great as the classic movie. Told in the first person, narrated by Will Patton, this story goes deeply into the decisions of life-and-death survival against the elements and crazed hillbillies. This is a scary and engaging story that I could not turn off. When I finished, I had to watch the movie. "Dueling Banjos" is the one thing that the book fails to capture as well or better than the movie. Despite this being a short audiobook, it contained so much depth that the movie did not have. If this genre appeals to you, I strongly recommend Deliverance.
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.
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.
A middle aged surfer dude who travels a lot, lives in SoCal and likes to read only good stuff.
This is a book about men, for men. It is a story about an ordinary group of men who have an extraordinary experience and how one man comes to terms with a horrible situation and becomes a man, even when he thought he already was one. This is a great story, but it is also so well written and so well told (Will Patton- incredible) that you will be transported to the story and forget where you are. I listen to these books in my car, and I can say that many miles disappeared from me for most of the time I listened. This story, this reader, bring it all home to you. Deliverance is first class entertainment, which constantly challenges you to ask yourself 'what would I do?'
I probably will. Dickey's prose and Patton's narration were riveting.
Louis. He was their spiritual leader and he always felt inspiring.
Will Patton is quickly becoming my favorite narrator. I've listened to about four books by him now and this was my favorite of all his performances. Its not just the voices he creates for the characters, they are only average to above average. There is an intangible quality evident when he describes a scene or a thought. I just feel like im listening to something important all the time.
Its already a great movie. Thats why i decided to give the book a try. I'm terrible at tag lines and I wouldnt even try to compete against one with this kind of popularity.
I can not even begin to express how happy I am with the purchase of this audiobook. I had seen the movie several times and liked it. I was also looking to listen to something other than the usual sci-fi, fantasy or mystery i usually listen to. I knew the print book had received high acclaim so I gave it a shot. I was intensely moved by this book. This audiobook is right there with all my absolute favorites and is the reason i subscribe to audible.
That masterful, virtuoso narration by Will Patton. He brings such gravitas tension and emotion to the story that it's mesmerizing.
I also have Patton's narration on Kerouac's "On The Road." I find the performance on both to be incredibly powerful.
Patton's style of narration is so engaging that I swear, Audible - if the next audiobook is Will Patton reading from a phone book, I'd buy that too!
Will Patton seems a better narrator than actor. He does a great job bringing this story to life.
"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.
very very good
l have seen the movie but the book seems to be excellent a very good read
"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.
"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.
"You ain't from around here are ya boy?"
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.
"Squeal Like A Pig!"
It was very much like the classic movie
He brings the book to life
A good book for all movie buffs
I am 39 years old and probably came across the film around 15 years ago and watched, thinking it was pretty good.. a but dated, but good.
The book is the same, its a bit 'waffly' it goes on and on and not a lot happens at times.I found the narraters 'hushed' voice a bit tiresome after a while. I was after some good old red neck nastyness and this doesnt really deliver.
It does explain the river and woods a lot, maybe thats the point of the book.
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