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Katherine

DUMFRIES, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (758)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Stephanie says: "Awesome story, suspenseful, lots to think about!"
    "Amazing book! Great Listen!"
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    If you could sum up The Giver in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, enthralling, and awesome!


    What other book might you compare The Giver to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Rifkin – was your favorite?

    Jonas. He's a young boy who has his eyes opened to the stifling nature of his community. He's inquisitive and honest.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10533)
    Performance
    (9085)
    Story
    (9047)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Wow. Just wow."
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    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I listened to this over the course of a month on our hour long commute. Amazing book. Amazing man. Amazing writing. We couldn't recommend this more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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