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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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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 07-10-13

Finally took the ride

I had always put off reading this book - I suppose everyone thinks"squeal like a pig" when they hear "Deliverance". But I found it to be a very well written story, and now I am curious to watch the movie (I had only seen parts of it before.) I would recommend.

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  • Timothy
  • Oak City, NC, United States
  • 11-07-11

Excellent Performance

I was glad to see this book come to audible. I actually looked for it a few months ago. At times the action seems as fast paced as the river. There were a few times where I would have preferred to stop and re-read (or re listen) to parts of the book. The reader was excellent for this book, although he did seem a bit more country than perhaps the voice I would have expected from a city dwelling artsy type of guy as the lead character is portrayed. The book is a relatively quick listen, and there are enough twists and turns to keeps you going.

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  • Suzn F
  • Fletcher, VT, US
  • 11-06-11

Squeal Like a Pig

The movie Deliverance, an icon for at least one generation is reference for every fated trip into the wilderness. This book so poetically narrated brings the listener along on the trip down the river. James Dickey gives us this delicious/dangerous setting in the rural South.
It all works; this story is wonderful. P. S. I did miss that line though

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 03-19-13

As riveting as the movie!

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.

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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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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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Watching the movie is not enough.

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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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  • Wil
  • Kenner, LA, United States
  • 11-05-12

Incredible

Would you listen to Deliverance again? Why?

I probably will. Dickey's prose and Patton's narration were riveting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Louis. He was their spiritual leader and he always felt inspiring.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Will Patton is quickly becoming my favorite narrator. I've listened to about four books by him now and this was my favorite of all his performances. Its not just the voices he creates for the characters, they are only average to above average. There is an intangible quality evident when he describes a scene or a thought. I just feel like im listening to something important all the time.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Its already a great movie. Thats why i decided to give the book a try. I'm terrible at tag lines and I wouldnt even try to compete against one with this kind of popularity.

Any additional comments?

I can not even begin to express how happy I am with the purchase of this audiobook. I had seen the movie several times and liked it. I was also looking to listen to something other than the usual sci-fi, fantasy or mystery i usually listen to. I knew the print book had received high acclaim so I gave it a shot. I was intensely moved by this book. This audiobook is right there with all my absolute favorites and is the reason i subscribe to audible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Will Patton hits it out of the park, again!!

What did you love best about Deliverance?

That masterful, virtuoso narration by Will Patton. He brings such gravitas tension and emotion to the story that it's mesmerizing.

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

I also have Patton's narration on Kerouac's "On The Road." I find the performance on both to be incredibly powerful.

Any additional comments?

Patton's style of narration is so engaging that I swear, Audible - if the next audiobook is Will Patton reading from a phone book, I'd buy that too!

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  • Richard
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 07-20-12

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful