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Deliverance Audiobook

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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    Paul S. Wilson Shreveport, LA United States 11-29-11
    Paul S. Wilson Shreveport, LA United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome"

    Captivating story. Well read by Will Patton. Thoroughly engrossing. This one will keep you glued to your MP3 player.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 04-02-14
    Melinda Shoreline, WA, United States 04-02-14

    I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.

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    "The River Wilder"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 10-01-13
    Tim United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I read nothing that is popular.

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    "Try Muting a Movie"

    I haven't watched Deliverance in a very long time, but I decided to read the book. When I was a kid, I was never into Tom Sawyer, Hardy Boys, or other boyhood adventures. I found them to be too slow and too clean for my liking. At the time, I probably watch Rambo First Blood without my parents' supervision until the video tape broke. I was that kid that blew up his army men, played with matches and explore dark hidden paths, where little boys shouldn't go.

    What makes these books and movies so great, such as Deliverance and Rambo, there is no language barriers to tell the story. The plot isn't too complex for someone to follow. Understanding the dialogue isn't important as watching the action in the movie. You can know what is going on just by watching the characters on the screen.

    One of my memories of my grandma is, she used to love watching old western movies. My grandma barely spoke English, but the movies was straight forward enough for someone to understand without words. I cannot remembered if she watched Deliverance with me, but when First Blood was release on VHS, I can remember watching it over and over with her.

    James Dickey wrote Deliverance to be simple and fast pace. It is not a complex story at all, but the simplicity of the plot and basic character development makes the movie and book a classic.

    Next time, try muting a movie, such as most kung fu flicks from the 70's and you will be amaze at how much you understand the plot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 01-13-12
    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Listen-Don't Skip Due to Short Running Time"

    What a shock! As the movie was released almost two decades before wide access to the internet and before the ever escalating portrayals of sex and violence became common thus dulling our senses, I was deeply disturbed by the main event of the movie and tried unsuccessfully to bury how uncomfortable it made me feel. To this day, hearing the iconic "Dueling Banjoes" music engenders a duel between my love the of that music fighting the discomfort buried due to the movie. This together with my rule to never spend a credit for anything under 10 hours running time kept me from listening to this book. Yet, due to the reviews and surprise expressed by other Audible listeners, I took a chance and am so happy I did. This book really is fine, lyrical, brilliant literature and on Time magazine's list of the 100 best books written. The soft, poetical, southern nature of Dickey's prose so brilliantly narrated by Will Patton, softens the few sentences where the bad thing happens and the listener is more focused on the dilemmas, moral survival choices, and is softly brought into the situation as a participant pondering what you would do. Also, unlike "Lord of the Flies" and other similar "civilization to survival" stories which are so removed from what a listener might face today, the listener is softly, lyrically, yet plausably moved from facing safe, familiar suburban life issues one day to being forced after one short moment in time the next day to make life or death decisions involving excruciating moral quandaries related to survival in a wild, otherworldly place. Plus, for you fellow Audible listeners who often reject the shorter books, I've listened to this book three times so triple the hours. It's that good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-28-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Still Scary"

    Not sure if scary is the word to use but this book is definitely just as how I remembered it and I for one, will not be making a trip out to that area anytime soon in fear that something similar could happen to me.

    The narrator does a great job too. He is very impressive and sounds awfully like Jon Voight, who was the main character from the movie.

    I do have one regret though, too bad they couldn't somehow get the banjo music from the movie to be played somewhere within the audiobook. It's hard to think of Deliverance without hearing that tune in your head.

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    Nick 05-12-17
    Nick 05-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "very very descriptive. loved it!"

    I love how descriptive the author was. He made it easy to envision yourself there. The narrator was amazing as well. I wouldn't have done the voices nearly as well in my mind if I would have read it

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    Amazon Customer 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Haunting"

    Amazing all around. The beautiful scenery of the great outdoors can also be haunting.

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    Amazon Customer 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great narration!"

    Will Patton was awesome. I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it to anyone.

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    Kelly watley 04-13-17 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to Psychological Thrillers , and Suspenseful or Action Novels..

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    "Incredibly Captivating!!!!"

    "This suspense is well written, and I’m so glad I discovered this audio book based on the 1972 movie which was interesting And intense..Narration is by will Patton who's voice cammands attention...a must read for those who loved the movie and for those who have not are in for a real treat..

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    Rebecca 04-13-17
    Rebecca 04-13-17
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    "Disturbing but can't stop listening"

    This is one of those books that I will only listen to/read once, even though it is well written and somewhat profound. For me, at least, it delves a little too deeply into the human psyche.

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