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Publisher's Summary

Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)

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.

Critic Reviews

100 Best Novels (The Modern Library)
All-Time 100 Novels (Time)
"Will Patton's narration is nothing short of haunting. His Southern tone steadily declines from that of a man pondering all that is possible in the world to that of a shattered soul." (AudioFile)

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  • lloyd
  • mollymook, Australia
  • 11-15-11

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

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Brock
  • DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain
  • 10-08-13

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A terrific surprse - fantastic literature

This book has a good premise from which to build a story from, then James Dickey writes a spectacular book around it. The dialog is tense, realistic and moving. The book captures the events and the emotions surrounding them in a way that is unique and sharp and real. I felt like I was there, on that trip, part of the action. If you have seen the movie and do not think you would like the book, which is how I felt, put that prejudice aside this is a top tier piece of literature, it is written with talent and feeling and it will surprise you.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Hold Onto Your Pants - We're Goin' For a Ride!!!

I remember the movie from long ago, and never even knew it was from a book...until now. And what a book it is! Once they get into the woods and on that boat, believe me...you are going for a ride right along with them!

You're going to feel thrashed around on that white river, you're going to smell the moss and molds of the forest, you're going to grab your side and wince when one of the characters gets hurt. You are going into a place where you'd never dare enter outside of these 'pages', so hang on, buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-19-14

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 . . .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim N
  • Chicago, IL
  • 06-09-13

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.

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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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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • Sugar Land, TX, United States
  • 10-13-13

Survivor

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful