The only major fault I had with this book is the fact that it had a weird music track. Most other books I have listened to only have a bit of music at the beginning or end of the narration. This is the only audio book that had music during the reading. I found the music to be very distracting. It was a bit loud and out of place. I believe the music was supposed to help set the mood or tone of the section, but the music selects did not seem to fit with the actual mood or tone in the book at all. Aside from the annoying music, it was a good narration of a fantastic book.
I loved the story. Interesting social commentary. A bit more sci-fi than I expected, but the 'magical' aspects didn't take away from the main points.
The downer: The music plays OVER the narrator in several spots. This is very annoying, but it's not anything that made me regret buying it.
Overall: a worthy listen.
My sister and our three girls had a road trip and this book made it go by so quickly. We all had a great time listening, we hated stopping for gas. The girls were 9-12. It was very good.
Read this book many years ago to my son when he was young. It is every bit as wonderful this time around as well. The themes are timeless and quite timely for us today. The brilliance of Lois' work continues in the other books in this series: Gathering Blue, Messenger and finally Son. They are well worth the read (or a listen), no matter what your age.
Escape, simplicity, morality
The moment when the receiver finds out The Giver's name.
Can't read this without reading the other three books in the series.
Loved the voice of the narrator and the story itself.
Haven't ever listened to a Lois Lowry book. But after this experience, I would flove to hear more.
The story was good, but this voice of the narrator made this book wonderful!!
Even though this book is meant for younger readers, I really enjoyed where the author took me with this book. Creepy to think of a world like this but at the same time it makes you appreciate the choices we do have and that we can make them on our own. Was a little disappointed in the quick ( to me) ending, but still worth the read for me.
futuristic, thought-provoking, reality check
It made me appreciate life the way it is now.
Jonas, of course
whenever Jonas demonstrated compassion for the Giver or the babies
I don't think people would ever really fall into this feeling "void"....
I don't have any experience reading the Lois Lowry book: The Giver; for that reason I prefer don't express my opinion about the book. I would like to read it; in a future opportunity.On the other hand, I had listened the audible version and I recognize that have a great performance. I am an English student and I know that my natal language, the Spanish, if pretty different and I need more listening practice, but I can recommend to the other students that need to prepare their assessments to use this audible version, only need to take time for listening more than one time, if you are a beginner like me, in the class of Speech/Listening.
I have a lot of memories about this story, but my preferred part was when Jonas ask to the Giver, how can I called you? - and the giver had answered only - call me the Giver, hedeposits in Jonas an enormous responsibility to keep all the bad and great memories of theirentire Community. The unforgettable moments in the relationship between the Giver and Jonas was when the Giver mentioned the name of his daughter Rosemary and Jonas was pretty surprised because he never before was mentioned that he was a daughter. The Giver had only mentioned to Jonas, that he had a wife. The determination of Jonas to scape and save the life of his adopted "brother", when he discovered the plan that could put finish to the life of the child, and the message of hope at the end of the story, when they finally climb the hill together and can listening the music and experience the joy, the feelings, the colors of the people of the village and the majestic end of the author about that maybe was only an echo, but the last thing that we can lost if the Hope.
The voice of Ron Rifkin is great, he puts emphasis in the precise moments, only one recommendation, the music sometimes was a little high and we can lost just for a littlemoment the intensity of the drama that Jonas at his short age have experienced, but it is not a fault of Ron Rifkin, he was spectacular. On the other hand I think that the book cannot bring us the opportunity of experience the feelings that are intensified with the audio, but I would like to experience both way the reading and the listening.
In my modest opinion and in my personal experience, and because I don't have a total domain of the English language, I would like to enjoy it the listening again, but separated by chapters, only for purposes of improve the levels of comprehension, in the case of students that are looking to the reference in this book, especially, like me.
Thanks a lot for the opportunity that you have bring to me, listening this book and expanded my mind throw this experience. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you to everybody that was involved in the develop of the audible record and specially to Audible, for to make possible that I can achieve one step in my long carrier learning English.
Divergent, Hunger Games, or any other book based on a dystopian society. Just because they are about a dystopian society. Like other similar books, it forces you to think about your values. In The Giver one you think about how your own bad experiences (that you sometimes wish you could forget) actually help to shape you. The silver lining of those experiences is that you learn from them. It reinforced what I've always believed (even if I don't like it in the moment) that difficult experiences make me a better person, and they deepen my gratitude for the good things in life.