Story: I got the book since I was going to see the movie. I found the book much more interesting since the movie did not make it clear the impact of the Giver / Receiver's function in the society; that they took away the bad memories and held them. I am interested to see how the other books will work out.
Reader: The reader was excellent and I saw no flaws.
I don't know if words can really capture my reaction, at least not in the short time frame I have to craft this response. I won't say I was appalled, because I saw the main event that caused a reaction in me coming. But it was Jonas's Father's last words to a certain unnamed character that really sealed the response for me.
I listened to this in anticipation of the movie version coming out soon. I wanted to see the movie, but I did want to actually experience the book first. I have a feeling I made the right choice.
I can be very shut off and detach myself from a lot... I really resonated and understood the community Jonas has grown up in... that made this very personal for me. Please, let this book affect you.
In the middle
No other book but the movie Pleasantville came to mind
The performance was adequate in comparison to the story itself. Odd stops in the middle of sentences. The music was really bad!
I knew that Jonas would have to take Gabrielle with him once he realized he was going to be released. His love for the child was touching.
I read this book because I had purchased it for my 12 yr old grandson last year and wanted to be able to discuss it with him. Overall I enjoyed The Giver and would recommend it to adults.
Don't know how else to say it. The story is good but very slow in development. The narrartor does a good job. The ending left a lot of loose holes and I thought felt like the author just ran out of story. It seemed to be a case of "Ok I've made my point. Now how do I end this book." Overall I am still I am glad I listened to it.
I enjoyed the narrator very much. With many audio books, I find the narrator to be a poor fit for the story being told and at times annoying.
Divergent, because it's a story commenting on society living in a post lets destroy ourselves type of world.
The narrator was great, however since the book is about a 12 year old boy, it may have been more affective with a younger narrator.
No, I've read this book already, just wanted a refresher with the movie being released
Whoever decided to add music to the beginning and of the chapters was a moron. It is distracting, not to mention the music picked is tacky and does not add anything to the story. I found that it did quite the opposite and made the book difficult to listen to.
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.