I thought the story was well told (targeting an adolescent audience), thought provoking, and moving. It wasn't earth-shattering, being similar to a lot of dystopian-future stories like this one, but I think Lowry included enough creative flair to make it something uniquely her own. I'm glad there are 3 other books in this quartet. I will likely read them all one day. Or listen to them, as long as they have a different narrator.
Not likely. It took me about 45 minutes of listening to figure out what that sound was, every 3 or 4 sentences, like someone swallowing compulsively. Then I figured out it was Ron Rifkin swallowing compulsively every 3 or 4 sentences. After that, I couldn't hear much else besides that. It's like a crying child in a supermarket. Until you notice it, it's just a noise in the background, but once you hear it, you can't stop hearing it. Really, couldn't a tech savvy producer have edited out all of that extra noise from the final cut?
The musical soundtrack they played constantly through the narration was almost more jarring than Rifkin's constant swallowing. I don't need music to tell me "this is an important part of the story" because I'm listening to the story, have an adult brain, and can figure that out for myself, thank you. Double whammy against whatever producer decided to include the music AND Rifkin's mouth noises. (Unless the intent was to use loud music to cover the noisiest and grossest of Rifkin's sloshing, in which case, I retract the above and say, Kudos!)
I really enjoyed this book. I was astonished with the story a few times and had to keep coming back for more. narration was very good
Definitely. The story was fantastic and Rifkin gave each character their own feel.
There wasn't really a favorite, but The Giver was a great character.
It's like this book was meant to be read in his voice. A perfect match.
YES. One part in particular really, really made me sick to my stomach. The event was necessary to the story, but I had a very visceral reaction. I think there should be some sort of trigger warning.
I'm so glad I read this (it was a book club pick) and I want to read the other novels in this series.
I loved the performance. This was a lovely reading.
This book is both utopian and dystopian, on top of being told from a child's perspective. I was reminded of both Herland and A Brave New World. As an adult who has read a large selection of speculative fiction, it was always apparent what the dark side of the society was going to be, but it is a good introduction to the genre for younger readers.
My favorite scene was the one where Jonas realized the underpinnings of the game that his friends were playing. It was a moving depiction of the frustration in trying to convince others of a situation so outside their experience that it is difficult for them to understand, such as trying to explain the difficulties of a rural life to someone in a rough urban environment, or vice versa.
Yes and no. I think as a preteen I would have. As an adult, it was a little thin.
Many people have questioned whether this book is appropriate for 4th or 5th graders. I agree that the themes are pretty dark, but they are handled with delicacy, and children have darker thoughts than most adults are willing to admit. Because the books convey the horror of the events, I think it could be a good teaching tool about what is important and acceptable in society. It is a good way to open thoughts about how far a society should go to enforce conformity, and opens the door to more adult dystopias like 1984.
Story was good, narrator was okay, and audio quality was acceptable. Few titles from Audible do well on all three. My only knock is the extraneous, out of place music inserted throughout the recording. It is like a cat in a room full of dogs. It was very distracting.
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 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.