So disappointed that I watched the movie first! The movie fills in and adds a lot that the book left to your imagination. So, while the movie was SOOOO GOOD, it made coming back to the book seem like it was cut short and disappointing. And that really sad that I felt that way since the book was the original!
As far as the audio book goes... Sorry to say, but the narration was horrible. He made Jonas sound so young, immature and annoying, which I think he should sound BRAVE! And the background music was always so inappropriate!
But the story is the best story I've heard in a long time, so it makes up for the shortcomings of the audio version, and is TOTALLY worth listening to! I loved it and listened to it in just a few days!
I am not sure if I liked the story or not. The strange music that came in and out of the story and other strange audio issues like mouth noises while reading made this the worst audio recording I have listened to. I'm returning it! I hope it gets reproduced.
I felt that the narrator created the character of Jonas as a whiny, wimpy boy, not the courageous, inquisitive, strong 11 year old I picture him as. Also, I found that the added music was not only distracting, but more often than not, way off base of the feeling in the story. I am an avid listener to audiobooks, and I have never been distracted by a narrator. I need to physically "re-read" this book so I can truly appreciate its story and message.
The narrator read as though directly to me and was very enjoyable to listen to. The plot was intriguing and well-organized.
Maybe if I read this book back in third or fourth grade I would have been blown away. But reading it after so many other books are in my mental library….
This is the most passive book I have ever read. Not only is the grammar simply appallingly passive, but the context is so blah….
I understand that there are a few “shocking” moments in the story. But really, none of it is surprising with Lowry’s foreshadowing pretty much lining the reader up for it.
The world itself is pretty well thought out and beautifully described. The characters are just as bland as the utopia. And this is a well-developed utopia, not a dystopia. The world is perfect for the people who live in it. Just because they have to have a pill deaden their senses, doesn’t mean this is not a “perfect” world for them.
This is a great example of how humanity…emotion….tends to be the one fault in a created utopia. We will never have one, because all that is human, the emotion, the memory will never let us sink into blandness.