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.
I love to think about what kind of societies will be replacing us. Here is an example where every last detailed is planned for you. Everyone is happy because they don't know any better.
First time listening to Ron Rifkin and I enjoyed it very much.
It was heartbreaking when Jonas learns about love and his family does not understand this emotion because they are limited to what feelings are allowed in this society.
YA writer and book lover!
Great writing and idea but this book left me wanting more. You get so attached to the main character, Jonas and his growth and struggles throughout the book that until it ends you don't even realize how much you were invested in the story. It pulls you into a society where sameness is promoted so people can be happy. People are happy in this society because it is all they know, they believe that this is how they are supposed to live, without color, love, knowledge and other important things. When Jonas is proclaimed the next "giver" and starts his training to receive/hold memories of joy and pain, he tries to get used to the idea that this will be his job, to hold knowledge and memories that the rest of society cannot bare. It is then that he starts to make choices and devise a plan of his own. By the end of the book I was left upset because it ends abruptly and mysteriously.
The Giver himself.
It unfolded bit by bit, slowly revealing what it was all about. Often, details that made no sense were introduced...and then explained much later.
Learn to cherish your memories
I listened to this book with my son who is in Sixth Grade and required to read this as part of Literature class. I'm so glad I listened along. Definitely makes you think.
The way surprising details emerge effortlessly.
The reader, who I love as an actor, seemed to rebel against the text. The main character always seems to speak in a breathless, smarmy/whiny tone, even when the description of his voice is completely otherwise. Really, really annoying.
My family listened to this on a long road-trip and we were rapt. The performance was strong and the story was gripping. The story does turn quite dark at times, and some of the details were very intense for our nine-year-old, but nothing he couldn't ultimately handle. I recommend this audiobook highly.
My only complaint, and it is a mild one, is that the ending is a bit sudden. But that is not a reason to avoid a book that is 99% beautiful...and important for children.
No I don't think so. Of course I don't like watching movies over and over again either. Once was enough. I've absorbed it and I've moved on.
When he found out what his father did with unwanted people.
I think the book could have been set up better. It took a while to understand that all they saw was black and white and things I took for granted like colors and feelings were lacking in the characters. i still don't understand the reason for only 1 person being a giver and I don't understand the ending. did they make it? what happened to the people? It just cut off. I was really getting into it and then it was over.
I would recommend this book to friends who are interested in social dynamics and relationships. It's an interesting depiction of how people might behave under certain controlled circumstances. It was enjoyable and really interesting. I couldn't stop listening to it, and I couldn't believe the end.
The ways in which the society operated.