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Deliverance Audiobook

Deliverance

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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.

What the Critics Say

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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    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
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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
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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 2017
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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
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    draines 11-14-17
    draines 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Striking Naration of a Good Adventure Story"

    Will Patton turns in an excellent performance, using a meandering southern voice that belies the tension of the novel. The events of the story are probably known to many (the movie holds pretty well to the books events). But the slow build-up of tension in the novel gives a lot of power to this presentation. I certainly enjoyed the listen.

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    Lee 11-13-17
    Lee 11-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Gritty Psychological Thriller"

    This novel is a classic, and yet Will Patton adds new feeling and urgency to this psychological tale of survival. If you like Cormac McCarthy or Pat Conroy, then you'll love this listen. ("Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry")

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    Joan Grisham Philadelphia, PA 10-22-17
    Joan Grisham Philadelphia, PA 10-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story. Amazing Narration."

    The narrator is a really talented actor! This suspenseful book made my very long drive a pleasure. Seriously. Awesome, profound, thrilling.

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best audiobook I've ever heard!"

    Narrator was perfect! Would highly recommend it. The characters were fantastic. The story interesting and simple.

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    Anonymous 10-09-17
    10-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "magnificent"

    even if you've seen the film the audiobook is well worth your time. the naration is the best I've experienced

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  • Michael
    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom
    2/11/12
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    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    BURTON ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/31/13
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    "excellent"
    If you could sum up Deliverance in three words, what would they be?

    very very good


    What did you like best about this story?

    l have seen the movie but the book seems to be excellent a very good read


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

    yes


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    8/2/13
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    "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.

    Definitely recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gavingks
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    12/4/14
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    "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.
    Good one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kmcca5
    Deepest Darkest Yapton, West Sussex
    8/7/14
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    "You ain't from around here are ya boy?"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • garry
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    7/24/14
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    "Squeal Like A Pig!"
    Would you try another book written by James Dickey or narrated by Will Patton?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very much like the classic movie


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

    He brings the book to life


    Any additional comments?

    A good book for all movie buffs

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P. Mckenny
    Bristol , UK
    7/16/15
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    "Its ok"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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