Really enjoyed the story, but really, REALLY hated the music they used here and there. Leave music out of audiobooks. It's unnecessary.
Amazing overall story line. Can be a bit of a tear jerker at times, but a very sweet story. I thought I would hate the story but I was required to read it but, it turned out to be an amazing story! I loved it!!!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
The Giver hints at some of the themes explored by Brave New World and 1984, but unlike either of those iconic works, The Giver doesn't seem to have a clear thesis.
The mechanics of the dystopia are never explained... how did it come to be? What is the point of keeper of memories? What is the goal of the society? What's outside of it?
The Giver ends on an ambiguous, surrealistic note, and for the first time the prose turn poetic. These are not complements. Instead of an ending that fits the style and theme of the story, Lois Lowry made a cowardly, lazy exit from the plot.
The best thing I can say about this book is that it was short.
I enjoy any good book, but my favorite generas are fantasy/scifi and historical fiction.
The story could have been a lot longer and still not given me all the details I wanted. What happens to the community in the end? Maybe we find out in one of the next 3 books ..but I doubt it as they center around different characters/places.
The reading itself was good but there were random music clips played throughout certain parts of the story which made it hard to hear/concentrate on the actual dialogue and were just awkward and distracting overall.
Story is wonderful. It took me awhile to listen though because I'd get so irritated with the smacking and swallowing sounds the narrator made with every sentence. He had a nice voice but maybe needed some water!!