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.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Until the last paragraph I would have given this book 4 stars. I appreciated the look at this dystopian society, the questions it raised, the paralells to the odd decisions we sometimes make in our own society, the lessons we can learn. What I didn't appreciate was the ending. The actual very ending. That last paragraph. Apparentlly I'm not educated enough (although I do have a doctorate), not a good enough thinker, or maybe not a good analyzer. The ending. I just don't get it and it ruined the entire book for me. Don't bother.
The story is great.
It reminded me of Jasper Fforde's "Shades of Grey" because of similar dystopian feelings between the stories.
I think Rifkin did a great job. The rest of the production was pretty bad.
There was annoying music that plays at random times throughout. I think maybe they were trying to use it to set a mood, but the story sets its own mood. The only emotion that the music stirred was annoyance. There were also a couple of awkward silences for extended periods. One lasted about a minute and a half for no reason other than lazy editing.
Not sure, the story is so weird and I like weird stories.
I believe there is a movie in the works from this book. It will be very interesting to see what they do w/ it.
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In a world far far away with no feelings and no memories Jonas is selected to become the new receiver. His teacher is an old man only known as the Giver. After he gives all the memories he can to Jonas, Jonas starts to question the world he lives in.With the Givers help Jonas can make a difference.Jonas has one chance to save his brother from the family he loves.Jonas can bring down the only place he has ever known if he can bring himself to it.
The concept of this book, of trying to create the perfect world, with very little pain or suffering, a world where everyone is equal, color doesn't exist, is a superb concept. We felt the writer could have gone much deeper and made the book more interesting. Maybe it was our expectations because we purchased this book thinking it would have us on the edge of our seats during a 5 hour road trip. We were extremely disappointed, the book was slow and there was very little excitement. We guess it was as monotonous as the community the author is writing about. Didn't particularly like the synthesized music, didn't add anything but annoyance.
I would recommend the book to anyone, but not the audio version. The music was cheesy, silly and annoying. It was so loud it sometimes drowned out the narrator. Please, please, please, stop adding music to any audio book.