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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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.
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.
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.
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