Say something about yourself!
I guess I was expecting more because of all the great reviews and things people have said about this book. It's a short book and I did enjoy it. I purchased the book on the 3/2 trilogy sale and will read the next 2 in the series.
Thought-provoking, enthralling, and awesome!
It's a similar feel to A Brave New World and 1984, but not. Also similar to the movie The Village. All about a life of ease and simplicity at the cost of much, much more. A story of breaking free.
Jonas. He's a young boy who has his eyes opened to the stifling nature of his community. He's inquisitive and honest.
I LOVE this book. I read it for the first time in 7th grade - before it was banned in schools. I try to read it once every few years. I'm new to Audible so I downloaded it for my husband and I to read. He loved it as well. The only negative is Ron Rifkin's never ending case of dry mouth. Smacking lips really annoy me, so it was hard to get passed that. However, he did an amazing job reading the characters and the story was top notch, as always.
I'm in my 50's and find it hard to find a compelling story that is not based on crime/violence. They are out there, of course, but I go through them quickly, so I'm always searching, searching... I decided to try the Newbery Medal winners. This was the first such story. Fantastic! An incredibly delightful surprise. It really held my attention and made me think deeply about all kinds of things we take for granted, like the ability to see color and to make choices. I'd love to talk to young people about how they understand and relate to the story. Wonderful, wonderful work, Lois Lowry.
There we a lot of long, long pauses almost to the point I thought my player battery had died and at times it was hard to hear the narration over the music.
The reader was excellent. Only thing i did not like was the quality of the recording. It sounded static-y on some parts. Loved this book even though I'm an adult. It was very thought provoking and I could definitely see our society heading that same direction. I have not experience a book this unique in a long time.
Jonas - wonderful character development. You really sympathized with him and what he was experiencing. did not like how she ended the book though. it left a lot of questions unanswered.
all of them...he was excellent. he did the best w/the Giver. It's amazing he can get his voice so different on all of them.
when jonas found out what release truly meant. also at the ending what had happened to him and gabe. very sad ending... but also realistic.
I don't know who to recommend this book to. It's a book for children but I can't imagine why. It is depressing and dark and if I were a kid, I'd never want to read something like this.
This book was so unrealistic. I know I was supposed to use my imagination (I love Sci-Fi as much as the next gal) but this was just too far out. It was dark and depressing and the characters were totally boring.
Well recorded and well narrated
When the main character finds out what being 'released' means.
No favorites I enjoyed them all.
I loved the story and how she slowly shows you sociality that they are in. How controling it is. I love how when you see truth in this book. You can't unsee it.
Wow, that picture actually looks like me.
...but still well worth the listen. Great performance by Rifkin as well.
The Giver offers a vision of the future that is grim and weird, but always intriguing. In books like The Hunger Games or Feed, it is easy to see how current trends lead into the strange future worlds of those stories, but The Giver is less clear. Why family and community life is so regimented and twisted in this world is never fully explained; was there a great war or the rise of a dictator or what? Also, how big is this world -- are we only reading about one city-state? Are the other communities (like the one on the other side of the river) much different than this one? These ommissions don't harm the story, as it remains highly readable and consistent, but they do muddy the waters when it comes to figuring out what inferences we should draw and what moral the story is driving at.
But hey, I loved the story, and I thought the narrator did a superb job. I plan to get the next books in this series.