The story was great! You'll like it if you like dystopian type books.
The performance was awful! He made these weird mouth noises and he read it to make Jonas seem like a whiny 3 year old. And I have no clue who thought putting terrible mom-related piano music to the important parts would be a good idea. I was too distracted by the awful music to listen to the story. The performance and music were not good.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. BUY THE PRINT VERSION. ITS SO MUCH BETTER. I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE GAVE THIS GOOD REVIEWS, RON RIFKIN RUINED IT.
First and foremost the narration was terrible. I hate to be so harsh but Ron Rifkin’s performance was frustrating. He pauses in strange spots and makes really distracting noises with his mouth. I music that played during “important” parts was awful. I’m not sure whose idea that was but it just about ruined the book.
I have had other book where I did not like the audio performance but still enjoyed the story.
This story fell flat. It stats off very interesting and ends abruptly, with no questions answer, no insight into the world you were just witness to. Nothing. It just ends.
I would not recommend this audio book or written book to anyone.
This book was great. I was using the Whipersync function as well. The only complaint I have is the music that popped up every now and then. Not only did it sound horrible it was just random; it didn't seem to be used for emphasis or effect. It left me confused, distracted and hurt my ears. I don't think I will be buying the rest of the series. Does anyone know if the weird music continues in BOOK 2 & 3.
When Jonas experiences a "release".
The way dead was made to common
Lois made the kids dead to common place
not a good book for children..
The book, yes. the audio book? No.
No. His lip smacking was disgusting.
For the love of god, stop putting music into audio books. Its distracting and ruins the experience.
A book for adults
Whiny child's voice
All of them
I did not know this book was for children. I kept waiting for something to happen. I wish I had not wasted my credit on it.
My review headline pretty much sums it up. The narrator over dramatizes every other sentence and has a number of long, unnecessary pauses. This doesn't add to the story. Instead, I found it annoying and the narrator comes off as patronizing. Yes, it's a book for young adults, but young adults are not morons and can easily grasp the meaning of what is going on in the story without having to go at a snail's pace. Bummer because I thought the story was quite good.
Up there with "Wonder" and "Fault in our Stars" and brilliantly read by Ron RIfkin!
The gentleness and complete innocence of Jonas' character
The next books in the series do not appeal to me as much as this book!
Go away, I'm playing make believe.
I grew up reading this book. It greatly contributed to my love of literature. It was banned in many schools for the scenes involving euthenasia, sexual urges, and questioning authority (that's the kicker!) The reader did a fine job, especially with the female characters. However as many have already stated, the strange music detracted from it. Maybe that was more in the style when the audiobook was made to have music weave in and out, but it is a HUGE distraction from an otherwise wonderful listen. I love The Giver. And when they re-make the movie in twenty years to fix the garbage they made, I'll be first in line.
[POSSIBLE VAGUE SPOILER IF YOU'RE SENSITIVE]
This is a book that builds up to a great and mysterious revelation that never happens.
Not unless they changed the ending a lot.