Fantastic story and well read performance. The music played as he is reading the end of every chapter is distracting and a bit annoying. Still enjoyed the overall reading and the story is a classic.
The giver as a story is very good. This reading is very annoying because it sounds like it's being read to a small child, overly excited and animated. The background music is an annoying synthesizer. It ruins the book. It's not necessary and sometimes conveys a confusing message when paired with the story.
Jonas and the giver. They're different from the rest.
No definitely not.
I wish there was a way to mute the music manually.
I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
I'm a fan of the dystopian society genre and this one didn't disappoint. Good character development, interesting observations that can be seen in any society with the battle between the good of the individual vs. the good of the society at large, and wraps up tightly at the end. The narrator was good, the dialog and scene descriptions, while not quite as good as the Hunger Games, was definitely more realistic and drew me in more than Divergent. I was a little disappointed that the book was so short and wasn't a series, but it didn't need to be and stretching it out to make a series would have ruined it. Overall, a book worthy of a read if you like the YA dystopian genre.
The first half of the book will give you chills, but the second half is unsatisfying. The cartoony narrator really ruins the whole feel too-- and makes it really obvious that this is a children's book.
REALLY cartoony voices. It took a haunting chilling book, and made it into a Saturday morning cartoon.
Good story, not particularly well written.
This book was ruined by the inappropriate and I'll timed music that is pervasive throughout the reading.
Maybe. I have mixed emotions. Enjoyed it until the end which ended abruptly without resolution. I think I would like to listen to it again to see if I could pick up on any foreshadowing of the ending.
Yes. Because I think it is thought-provoking.
Fine. Calming. Easy.
I felt the book lacked resolution. The narrator was good except it often felt like he was licking his lips or something and that was distracting. The music was also very distracting to me and too loud. There was one point in the narration that I thought my device had stopped working properly. There was a pause that was over a minute long and I don't like that. Several of the pauses were too long.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Dystopian future, parents who cheerful euthanize newborns…this is not a pleasant book and I would choose the "youth fiction" audience for it carefully and only after I'd read it. I was perturbed about the lack of a denouement and then I realized it was a series. I still don't think that excuses just ending with a hopeful sentence or two. Well written for sure and well narrated but didn't sit well with me. I guess this book is the grandmother of the Hunger Games books.
I think 5th and 6th graders will love this book, and should read this book. It will be good lessons for them to learn.
His perform for ok, but not one of my favorites.
It would be a great book for children to read.
I listened to this and it was pretty good - though it is a strange story and it ends in a weird way (IMO) -- I actually thought there must be a sequel and though there is a series, it doesn't sound like it takes off where this one left off --- what happens to Gabriel? To Jonas? Who knows! As far as the narrator -- is the "community" Jonas lives in in NYC and are they Jewish? Because I couldn't get the picture of Woody Allen as Miles Monroe in Sleeper out of my mind listening to this guy... sounded exactly like him! lolOther than that - it was pretty good, kind of short for an audio book, but it was fairly interesting. Less than a stellar review, I guess! Sorry!
I like some of the authors ideas for dealing with criminals and the elderly.
it just wasn't an great reading. Maybe the story didn't lend itself well to it.
I was really annoyed by the addition of music/sounds that were placed as atmosphere. It added nothing and distracted from the reading. The music added in no way to the suspense or anything else.