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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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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 04-25-13
    Kristi Richardson 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 03-08-13

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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.

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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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    "Wondful"

    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.

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    High United States 12-24-12
    High United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2009

    A middle aged surfer dude who travels a lot, lives in SoCal and likes to read only good stuff.

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    "Watching the movie is not enough."
    Any additional comments?

    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?'

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    Richard New York, NY, United States 07-20-12
    Richard New York, NY, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Will Patton does a great book proud"

    Will Patton seems a better narrator than actor. He does a great job bringing this story to life.

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    Rebecca Birmingham, AL, United States 07-15-12
    Rebecca Birmingham, AL, United States 07-15-12
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    "Top Notch Audiobook. Better than Movie"

    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.

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    Verl COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 05-21-12
    Verl COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2008

    Reader and Writer from Colorado Springs carefully disguised as a financial advisor all these years. Who knows what lies below a snowy rooftop?

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    "Gripping!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deliverance to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deliverance?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to almost all the James Lee Burke work. This is Patton at his best.


    Who was the most memorable character of Deliverance and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Top Notch!

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    justin chidester 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fast Paced, Great Narration"

    Will Patton has the perfect subtle southern drawl for this book. One of the few books I have listened to where I was actually nervous for what was going to happen to the characters. There are no slow parts, or any unnecessary words. A perfect short novel.

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    David Northridge, CA, United States 03-26-12
    David Northridge, CA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Forget The Movie"

    A stunning presentation. Not having read the novel, I was astonished at how much deeper Ed's character is than the desperately miscast Jon Voight in the movie. I shouldn't have been, I guess -- don't we all know the book is always better than the movie?

    Well, in this case, Will Patton's performance trumps BOTH, in my opinion. One of those you're-already-home-in-the-driveway-but-don't-want-to-turn-it-off audiobooks.

    My highest recommendation.

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    John West Chester, PA, United States 02-22-12
    John West Chester, PA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Perfect Audiobook"
    Where does Deliverance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to well over 100 audiobooks, and DELIVERANCE is one of the best. In fact, this is my first review. The book and the narration were so perfect and so powerful, so cohesive, that I had to spread the word.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the simplicity and power of this story. The writing is absolutely amazing -- Dickey's extensive poetry background shows without ever getting in the way -- but all those beautiful sentences would mean nothing without the story itself, which grips with the pacing of a top thriller while somehow still manages to flow smoothly along, giving an in depth examination of the main character's psychology and transformation.


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

    Sometimes, the perfect match is made between reader and book: Jim Dale reading the Potter books; Tom Steckshulte reading Cormac McCarthy; Frank Muller reading Elmore Leonard... and the Will Patton / DELIVERANCE match definitely belongs in this top tier. He's the perfect match for the poetic language, the tone, and the character. Great stuff.


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

    I nearly listened to this book in a sitting, taking probably two-thirds of it in a day. It was very difficult to leave -- and since finishing it, I've been wanting to get back on that river... but it'll be a while, as I've just started the unabridged version of Stephen King's THE STAND.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book and an absolutely top-notch reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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