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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I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
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.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This was a selection made because it was on sale and Audible reviewers are nearly unanimous in their praise and assurances that the movie did not do the story justice. They are right. I was not prepared for the intensity and beauty of Dickey’s writing, especially once the guys got to the river. His connection to the wilderness and his ability, through Ed’s musings, to communicate the primal shift in focus, commitment and even self-identity, was eloquence itself. Feeling the transformation Ed made from being content (almost proud) to be a “slider” to becoming a take-charge survivor raised this from a testosterone saturated action script to a rethinking of “The Lord of the Flies”.
The only thing that keeps this from 5 stars for me is the relative weakness of the opening. While it was important to know who Ed was prior to the river, Dickey took too long with the set-up, actually making Ed so unlikeable and apathetic about his own life that the dramatic transformation on the river would be unbelievable if not written so well.
A shout-out has to be given to Will Patton’s astounding narration. Had I tried reading this in print, I’m almost positive I would never have finished. It took Patton to really take me into Ed’s head on the cliff, up in the tree, going through the rapids. The voicing of all the other characters is spot on, natural and unforced. A perfect performance.
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?'
Will Patton seems a better narrator than actor. He does a great job bringing this story to life.
Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators and this is one of his best works. He puts you in a mood--some sort of dreamlike state. His narration calls up an entirely different feel than the movie and I loved this audiobook. I found myself holding my breath with some of the passages and more than once I sat in my garage going round the neighborhood a couple of extra times because I couldn't bear to stop listening. Just wonderful--I wouldn't change a thing and know I will listen to it multiple times.
Reader and Writer from Colorado Springs carefully disguised as a financial advisor all these years. Who knows what lies below a snowy rooftop?
Will Patton's voice is genius. He is a cast of characters in one person. Nothing competes with the pleasure of holding a book, but if you just have to hold the book, do so while wearing headphones.
This may be the longest sustained portrayal of white knuckle suspense in the history of literature. It's about the scariest book I've ever read or listened to. The tension just goes on and on and even when you think it's over, it's not.
I've listened to almost all the James Lee Burke work. This is Patton at his best.
The narrator. It's first person narrative and this is the only way you can figure out that anyone is getting out of this alive.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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